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Kids cubby house with slide & sandpit

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Kids cubby house with slide & sandpit

Fence pickets added and blue slide for a quick escapeFence pickets added and blue slide for a quick escapeI loved having a cubby house as a kid growing up.  I wanted my kids to have the same fun with a cubby house as I remember, so decided to make it a little project over a couple of weekends.  I wanted to maintain as much space in the backyard as possible.  We had an odd corner between a garden bed and shed so it seemed like a good corner that could be put to better use. (The kids will out grow the cubby eventually and we will remove it).

 

Posts & Framing

The platform is a four post structure.  I dug footings and used quick setting concrete to hold the posts in place.  I used a combination of bolts and coach screws to secure the pine sleepers to the posts, to create the border for the sandpit and base for the raised platform (depending on whether I had access to thread the nuts given the tight space).

 

I didn't want to set a post into the lawn if I could help it as it would make it difficult to mow around and would limit the access to the sandpit. I opted for a floating corner and used stronger timbers to compensate for it.

 

Framing 1.jpg  Maximising as much space as possible with an unusual shapeMaximising as much space as possible with an unusual shape  Platform nearing completionPlatform nearing completion

 

The raised platform is actually floating above the garden bed, maximising the platform space to allow room for the cubby house but minimising the impact it would have on the lawn area below.

 

Finished Cubby

The cubby itself is a flatpack cubby house from Kmart  - there is plenty of inspiration online in terms of how to dress these up.  I used left over paint we had from painting the house and added a ships bell and blue slide from Bunnings, for some extra fun.

 

It got the kid's seal of approval.  We've set up a play kitchen and blackboard menu in there for them and they've turned it into their own space, hopefully for years of fun to come.

 

Fence pickets added and blue slide for a quick escapeFence pickets added and blue slide for a quick escape    Sandpit area underneathSandpit area underneath .  Ships Bell, blackboard and flowers for decorationShips Bell, blackboard and flowers for decoration

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Re: Kids Cubby House with Slide & Sandpit

I can see why the cubby got a big thumbs up from the kids @weekenddiyer. You've done a fantastic job. Well done.

 

Jason

 

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Re: Kids Cubby House with Slide & Sandpit

Amazing work!! Looks incredible! 


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Re: Kids cubby house with slide & sandpit

What did you use as the platform floor?

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Re: Kids cubby house with slide & sandpit

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Kevdou. It's great to have you join us and many thanks for jumping into the conversation.

 

Let me mention @weekenddiyer so they are alerted to your question.

 

Are you looking at building a similar raised cubby design?

 

It would be great to follow along with your project and we'd encourage you to let us know if you need assistance or would like to share it with us. I trust you'll find loads of inspiration within the community as our creative members are contributing their own projects here all the time.

 

Mitchell

 

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Re: Kids cubby house with slide & sandpit

Hi @Kevdou - I used rough sawn treated pine over the joists.... this one from memory

https://www.bunnings.com.au/150-x-25mm-2-4m-rough-sawn-treated-pine_p0120312?gclid=Cj0KCQiAnb79BRDgA...

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