All month long we are looking outside for fun, which means lots of wonderful playhouses. But how do you choose? The hope is that these little places will provide several years of fun, so parents want to get it right when it comes to size, materials and other considerations.
Wood or plastic? From an aesthetic and environmental standpoint most parents are likely to favor wood, but it may require more maintenance when left outside to withstand the elements all year, and it can be a haven for wasps. As we have seen in several makeovers, plastic is easily gussied up with special spray paint, and it is easy to clean.
What's the right size? It should be big enough for a child to invite a friend or two inside, but it shouldn't devour too much backyard real estate.
What matters most to the average child? None of the above. We've seen kids take equal pleasure in beautiful custom playhouses and garish plastic numbers picked from the curb. When all is said and done, a playhouse needs to be inviting to its little occupants, but for design-minded parents it also needs to be copacetic with the landscape.
How did you choose?