The play­house rules

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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.

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