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Project of the Week: A home for childhood memories

Don and Dave Runyan provide projects for homebuilders. This week, it's a cottage-style playhouse.
By Don and Dave Runyan, For The Oklahoman Published: April 29, 2013

Every kid needs a place to create the memories that fill a happy childhood, and this cottage-style playhouse is sure to become just that place. With its big, inviting porch, Dutch door, flower boxes and decorative architectural details, the project is sure to capture the heart of any child who sees it.

Easy enough for most woodworkers, the project features all straight cuts, with full-size patterns for the angles. Built from T111 plywood over sturdy 2-by-2 framing, it's also affordable.

Step-by-step, illustrated instructions break the project down into smaller assemblies — from building the foundation to installing the roof — allowing the project to be completed over a few weekends. Once the structure is complete, hang the door, add a coat of paint to match the big house, fill the flower boxes and help the kids move in. The playhouse measures six feet square (including the porch) and stands about six feet tall.

The Cottage Playhouse plan, No. 942, is $10.95 and includes complete step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, detailed construction diagrams, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line.

A package of two playhouse projects, No. C160, is $17.95 and includes this plan plus a plan for a rustic playhouse. A free catalog picturing dozens of projects is also available. Please include $4.00 per order for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

Clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S Tremont St., Oceanside CA 92054. To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at


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