When I think of a ‘playhouse’, I envision a primary-colored plastic abode that fits snugly in a kid’s bedroom or occupies an unused corner of the living room. Apparently, I need to think bigger.
The New York Times looked at the playhouse industry and found that despite a sluggish economy, business is good. DIYers can get playhouse kits for anywhere between a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars. But the real fun is looking at how the wealthy are erecting mini-mansions for their mini-mes.
Take, for example, a $50,000 playhouse built two years ago for a now-four-year-old in Houston. When you look at the amenities, we could almost live there!
- Two-story 170-square-foot playhouse – the Cool Studio was 200 square feet. Granted, we have two kids now, but I could see a bunk bed system in play. After all, the ceilings are eight feet tall.
- Furnishings scaled down to two-thirds of normal size – I’m 5’5 on a lucky day, CM is 5’4, and the Cool Boys won’t be towering over anyone anytime soon.
- Hardwood floors – which probably creak a lot less often than ours do.
- Matching stainless-steel mini fridge and freezer – which probably hum and roar a lot less often than ours do.
- A sitting area with a child-size sofa and chairs for watching DVDs on the 32-inch flat-screen TV – the kid’s TV is probably wall-mounted. Ours stands on a canvas-covered computer desk. Our DVD player quit on us a few months ago, too.
Okay, I amend my previous point: we could TOTALLY live there!
If you’re insanely rich with a massive playhouse in your backyard and grown kids who are about to move out – or spoiled little kids who are bored with their play palace – lemme know!