The playhouse rules
The playhouse should be in keeping with its surroundings. If you’ve got 30 acres a treehouse is fine but in town a smaller house is probably more suitable. Raising a house on stilts is a good idea – it will keep out the rot and rats – but don’t make it too tall. Just a couple of feet above ground level feels sky high to a small child. As far as children are concerned, a tree house is a playhouse accessed by steps. (There doesn’t have to be a tree involved.) Prioritise aspects of the house that won’t be deemed “babyish” in the near future. Position your Wendy house discreetly. It will seem more magical if it is hidden among trees or behind a greenhouse. A stable-style door immediately turns a playhouse into a shop or icecream parlour. A low picket fence around the house enhances the appearance and increases the play area. The best houses are always those designed with input from Mum and Dad. You know how your children play and what is important to them.