Playhouses Ready For Christmas

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Blog entry by Robster40 posted 12-18-2010 08:14 AM 1254 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the past 3 years, a good friend and myself have been building fold-able or collapsible children’s playhouses out of MDF board. These units can fold flat and be stored in a closet or underneath a bed. They are usually a successful sell but we also only move about 5 units a season. That’s okay because they are always way more work than what we can sell them for. But we both knew that from the very beginning. To tell you the truth, the money we get back pretty much breaks even on labour and materials.

But really, is it about the money? No, it isn’t. I have plenty of other projects that are there for the money so I can continue to support new projects. We don’t build the playhouses to get rich, we build them because we love to see the expressions on the parent’s faces when they come to pick them up. We know that this is a unique item for a parent who wants to buy their son or daughter something that no other kid they know will have. What we wanted to do was to take the old blanket fort and give it a unique face. At the same time, it had to be safe.

I don’t know if 3 years can be considered a tradition, but I do hope that it is something I can continue to do year after year. I only managed to spin out 2 units this year because I just didn’t have time, but I suspect, just like every other year that these will probably go to good homes as well. I won’t lie to you though. I would love to see these things move on a global scale someday and become what I do for a living. For now, I am content with what I have already built and hope that even the first units from 3 years ago are still holding up and supplying someone with the fun of having a home of their own.

-- Rob, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 07:32 AM

What a wonderful project and so generous of you both to give to others something so special. Bless you both.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 07:56 AM

cool idea! nicely done – and like you said, getting money to cover parts and labor is nice, but it’s not ONLY about the money.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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