Perhaps our first experience with architecture and design revolve around the iconic tree house or playhouse. It is in these magical hideaways that we began to think for ourselves, evaluate the world around us or escape into imaginative fantasy lands. Designing spaces for children requires adults to reconnect with that often dormant part of themselves – the inner-child.
Here are examples of playhouses, from the basic prefabricated versions to the ultra-custom. The playhouse real estate market isn’t all that different from the real one when it comes to the market value spread.
Step 2 and Little Tikes. These plastic, prefabricated playhouses are available from major retailers across the nation. There are multiple versions, ranging from models with a kitchen, phone, and sink to the more interactive versions that come with a gas pump and basketball hoop. Either way, they provide a place for children to create their own worlds outside of their “real” houses. These models are available for $300 or less with great deals offered by major retailers.
Bright Kids. From the pre-molded plastic versions, we move to wooden types, like the Bright Kids Playhouses by Soulet. These playhouses are made from wood and painted bright, warm colors. They offer a few different styles, including one that looks like a fort and has a slide. The price point for these homes is $1000+.
Lilliput. This is the gourmet-version of the playhouse. You can buy the entire Lilliput town for about $100,000. Otherwise, the Cotton Candy Manor, Grand Victorian, and other options run about $10,000 at the lowest-end.
Here at LS&A Architecture and Interiors, we wonder what ever happened to a handful of kids, some scrap wood, and a hammer and nails. Do you enjoy designing spaces for children? Tell us about your favorite playhouse.