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Cubby house with picket fence and planter box

Kind of a Big Deal
Kind of a Big Deal

A bespoke cubby house featuring tongue-and-groove cladding, a custom picket fence and even a planter box. 





The project


Made this cubby for my girls for Christmas. I drew it all up myself with direction from my wife and got to work.


I built the frame and attached the front tongue and groove cladding, installed the custom picket fence and attached the other walls and trim. I painted the cubby with a few different colours – pale pink for the front, mint for the picket fence, grey inside, white trimmings, and blackboard paint on a wall on the outside. The roof went on last.


Now it's time for the girls to decorate and furnish.


It ended up being an enjoyable project with plenty of satisfaction seeing the girls run out to it on Christmas morning – well worth it.






How to build a cubby house


Resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert Mitchell has put together a step-by-step guide to building a fantastic cubby using recycled timber pallets. It has an additional shop and can be built over a few weekends for minimal cost. Follow the guide How to build a pallet cubby.




More cubby house projects


Workshop member Marty built this fantastic cubby from pallet wood without any plans. The cubby inspired Tara's build and there are plenty of other creative cubby projects and tips shared in the discussion.




Workshop member woodalwaysworks described this cubby built for their son as an "open project", changing over time as the kids grow older. The shop and mud kitchen downstairs are "forever changing", a steering wheel and binoculars were later added, a cargo net replaced the climbing wall and space was kept for swings and rope ladders.




With a nine year old and three year old, Tara needed to consider heights and features safe enough for both in her cubby build. Inspired by Marty’s project and with his expert advice, Tara built this impressive two-storey cubby house using recycled pallet timber and Merbau decking boards, complete with telescope, steering wheel and slide.




More popular kids projects


Find more great projects to build that can keep children happy and entertained for countless hours in our Top 10 most popular kids projects.


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