IT’S PLAY TIME

Ex­cit­ing ideas for chil­dren’s play ar­eas

South African Garden and Home - - Contents - SOURCES Benny’s Cre­ative Wood­workz bcw­play­houses.co.za Karen Gardelli [email protected]­tic.net or 082 745 2891 Mally­bongwe De­signs 084 928 5232 South­west Greens south­west­greens.co.za

1 GO­ING UP

This gar­den de­signed by Karen Gardelli fea­tures a pretty dou­ble-storey play­house built by Benny’s Cre­ative Wood­workz.

Set among the trees, it has a store­room below and a play area above with a bal­cony through which a wild olive is grow­ing. There’s even a slide for quick es­capes.

2 MI­AMI NICE

When Han­nah and David Lit­tle ren­o­vated their back gar­den and pool, a play area for their daugh­ter Erin was very much top of mind. This minia­ture car­a­van from Mally­bongwe De­signs was the so­lu­tion. A hip al­ter­na­tive to a tra­di­tional Wendy house, it nes­tles in a cor­ner of the gar­den and pro­vides Erin with hours of fun in all weather.

3 TREE CHEERS

A ramp with a knot­ted rope and a climb­ing wall pro­vide ac­cess to this tree­house set be­tween big trees. Un­der­neath is a sand­pit with a wooden cover and a spi­ral slide adds an­other fun el­e­ment. Ar­ti­fi­cial grass in two colours and tex­tures was laid by South­west Greens to give a path ef­fect. Struc­ture built by Benny’s Cre­ative Wood­workz.

4 GIRL TALK

This minia­ture house built by Benny’s Cre­ative Wood­workz was painted in pale pink and mint as re­quested by the lit­tle girl who hosts tea par­ties there. Land­scaper Karen Gardelli fin­ished it off with a pretty f lower bed.

5 HIGH AD­VEN­TURE

Built by the own­ers for their grand­chil­dren, this in­no­va­tive play­ground in­cludes stuc­tures made from treated wood. It’s ac­cessed by lad­ders and climb­ing walls and balustrades were added for safety. As grass doesn’t do well un­der the trees, ar­ti­fi­cial lawn was in­stalled by South­west Greens. It was de­signed by Karen Gardelli and made by Benny’s Cre­ative Wood­workz.

GET MORE ON­LINE To see more ideas for tree­houses,visit gar­de­nand­home.co.za

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