Built By Dad: Some of our Favorite Projects

Built By Dad: Some of our Favorite Projects

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Carrie McBride
Jun 27, 2011

Being "handy around the house" isn't what it used to be. Over the years we have seen some incredible examples of dads' prowess with lumber, hammer and nails and we especially love to see their ingenuity when it's turned toward building projects for their kids. Here is just a sampling from our archives. Get ready to be inspired:

1. Teepee Sandbox: Ryan and Cole wanted to make their sandbox more useable in their hot Florida climate. Adding a teepee topper makes it more functional and attractive.

2. Madilyn's Sleep Nook: Josh knows his way around tools and lumber and showed these skills with his daughter's sleep nook, complete with build-in shelving. Bravo.

3. Ruby's Playhouse: Production designer James Chinlund built this incredible two-story playhouse for his daughter Ruby. Decorating it has been a collaboration: "Ruby and I love to go to flea markets on the weekends looking for junk and the house is a great opportunity for us to go there together. She can look for things for her house, and I look for things for our house."

4. Chester Drawers: Designer Curtis Jenkins took an old (and kind of feminine) piece of furniture and transformed it into this memorable robot dresser for his son.

5. Henry's Working Play Kitchen: Everett and Jennifer combined their diy super powers to make their son Henry this unforgettable kitchen which includes "working" burners made with LED lights activated by turning the stove knobs. Want to make your own? Click through to the post wehre Everett describes how he pulled off the lighting.

6. A Fold-Down Fort: Derek "Deek" Diedricksen created a Murphy bed style fort for his kids that's idea for small home dwellers.

7. Firestation Bedroom: When this fireman retired he didn't entirely leave the job behind. He transformed his 3-year-old son's bedroom into a mini firestation - talk about a labor of love.

8. Mini Farnsworth House: Can't visit Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House? Make a mini replica like Josh did for his toddler.

9. Indoor Playhouse: The best part of an indoor playhouse is that it can be used year round. This father's project for his daughter also makes clever use of the sloped ceiling in their home.

10. Play Market Stall: First cousin to our favorite d.i.y. parent project, the play kitchen, is the play market. This one was built by a husband and wife in England as a gift for their daughters.

Know of a great dad-built project? Drop us a line at ohdeedoh@apartmenttherapy.com!

(Images: credited in original posts)

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