Children of all ages love to play. Toys are the most common play objects, but playhouses can be another excellent entertainment source. A cubby house placed in your garden can guarantee countless hours of play for your children.
Besides, it can represent a great option to help their psychological and social development by allowing them to share with others.
Unlike plastic cubby houses that are available in stores, a playhouse made of wood is very durable. Assembling the cubby house yourself can ensure even better results.
Building a wooden house with your children is an activity that you can use to good advantage, making it an opportunity to spend time with them and enjoy from start to finish.
No matter your experience in building playhouses, below you will find the top tips for creating a functional cubby house for your children that they will enjoy for years to come.
Choose a suitable space.
The first thing to keep in mind if you want to build a cubby house yourself is the location. Space is a factor that will determine many other aspects of the cubby house.
To make a wooden house, you will need a garden or a large terrace since it will need to measure at least one meter squared. Also, you need to calculate some extra space so that children can play comfortably, without the risk of harming themselves.
Remember that you are the one who will build the house, so you will have to choose the shape and size that suits your space and budget.
Choose the right materials.
The most versatile material to make this type of houses is wood: it is inexpensive and easy to transport compared to other materials. Also, if you choose good quality wood and give it the necessary care, the house will last many years.
A good idea would be to contact different wood and timber suppliers to find out what different materials they offer and choose the one that is the best value for your money.
Sketch the design
Building a cubby house is similar to building a small house, so planning will always be necessary. Sketch what the new cubby house is going to look like; it doesn’t have to be anything professional, a pencil drawing is enough.
You can materialise your idea and encourage your children to contribute opinions, since, in the end, it is they who will enjoy it. Will the house have swings? Slides? Will it be at floor level or raised?
It would be best if you talked about all this during the initial planning. This way, you will enjoy the construction process much more, and the final result will be incredible.
Do not forget the roof.
The roof of a cubby house is a fundamental aspect that you cannot overlook. Remember that the house will be outdoors and will have to endure elements such as the sun and rain.
Therefore, it is essential to choose a material that prevents water from leaking inside the house. You can search for information on what materials and techniques are used in ordinary homes and try to apply it to your cubby house, but do not forget that everything you use should be safe for you and your children.
Involve the children
Assembling the house with your children can be an unforgettable experience both for you and them. The simple fact of helping you and seeing the house take shape is something you will remember for a lifetime.
Nevertheless, you should be aware that the tools and materials you will use can cause an accident if not appropriately handled. Consequently, you must follow all safety measures and supervise your children at all times
With these tips, you are more than ready to start building your children’s new cubby house. Do not be afraid and take the initiative; it is an experience that you will love, and your children will greatly appreciate.
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