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Welcome to the FUNHOUSE !

Where a zipline, a climbing wall, and monkey bars are just the beginning of what makes this DIY bunkie project unlike any other

Final price tag: about $3,000

Some projects are simply fun to build. This is one of them.


Note that the playhouse in these pictures differs from the plans in at least one important characteristic: instead of 6x6s, these cottagers wanted cedar poles for the superstructure. The 12-footers are not easy to find and are more complicated to build with. Dimensional lumber is the most practical way to go.

“We wanted a structure that was not only a tree house, but a place for the kids to hang out independently,” says Mylène Tomkin, who asked me to build this playhouse for her two daughters, aged eight and nine. “I wanted it to be a hub, so if they want to have friends over, they can congregate there.”

We tried to include everything we could in this playhouse project to maximize kids’ delight: zipline, swing, fire pole, climbing wall, monkey bars, bunk beds, folding table, secret escape hatch. It’s all here.

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Have hammer, will cottage? The Fall issue of Cottage Life will help you get a jump on finishing up your summer projects, closing up for the season, or starting on next year’s building plans. Get inspired by (and get the secrets to designing) the new classic cottage: a sleek, green, modern cottage with the heart of a cabin in the woods. Find plans for the ultimate DIY kids’ bunkie, jam-packed with features like a zipline, a climbing wall, and monkey bars. Outsmart the mice with our expert animal-proofing advice. Become a firewood pro with tips and a guide to splitting, stacking, and storing your wood, and sharpening your chainsaw. Make a simple firewood storage tower in a weekend. Read up about your best options for waste water, including septics, grey-water systems, holding tanks, and composting toilets. Plus, when it comes time to pack up your kitchen, don’t haul home a summer’s worth of leftover hamburger buns and broken cookies. We’ve got recipes to help you turn them into a feast to end the season. The issue also includes your discount for the Fall Cottage Life Show. Pick up the Fall 2018 issue today for the best of autumn at the cottage!