How to Build a Playhouse

| 3/21/2016 10:27:00 AM

Tags: Build Playhouse, How to Build Playhouse, do it yourself, Megan Wild,

Megan WildBackyard playhouses are the quintessential childhood dream. Kids can have a place to call their own, seemingly far from parental intrusion. Meanwhile, parents have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the kids are just steps away in the backyard.

But for some families, the idea of building a playhouse is daunting.

Approach this DIY project as a chance to bond with your kids and teach them the benefits of hard work and perseverance. They will enjoy the fruits of their labor for years to come.

Check the Laws First

Before you don your tool belt and promise the kids a playhouse, be sure to check with your local code office as well as your insurance company. You may think playhouses are so small that they don’t need permits and insurance, but they often do. One New York family, for example, found out the hard way that they should have applied for a permit for their playhouse due to rules governing setbacks and lot coverage.

Some insurance companies recommend coverage for backyard additions like playhouses and trampolines, so call your agent before proceeding. If your playhouse will be visible to a neighbor, you may want to give them the heads up that you’ll be adding the structure to your backyard.

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