Saturday, February 5, 2011

cubby house

our funny gracie girl loves playing in the end cupboard. puts herself and favourite guests, coco & grover, in there then closes the door and yells out "mirka gone!".. who knew hiding in a cupboard could be so much fun? anyways, in an effort to not look like the world's worst parents who-put-their-child-in-a-dark-cupboard, the husband was keen to build mirka a cubby house. he marked out his design with masking tape on our joinery, 1:1 scale, complete with mirka's outline in the corner 'window'. yes, his design.. i may have some skills, but i was told to butt out! the plan was to build it out of marine ply with the sizing to work with standard ply sheets. however, it was originally going to be built for her birthday, but when that came & went, the deadline soon became xmas & since we're now well in to the new year, i'm wondering if we shouldn't just order a phoyo playhouse or modern playhouse. the phoyo seems particularly clever in its construction.. designed by a new zealand architect in the 1970s for her own kids, it simply all slots together & i'm in love with the rounded 'door'. while i can never imagine designing a round window in one of my buildings, it seems to really suit a kid's cubby house. i also love the modern playhouse for it's end wall of mini circle cut-outs and it's groovy corner window,  uncannily like the husband's design. except we would do away with the corner support in the window & build out a boxy window surround to accentuate the corner.. oops there i go architecting up the cubby house. so kill me.


8 comments:

  1. Now these are very cute and very chic!

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  2. Gone are the days of the old cardboard box and a bit of texta action!

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  3. Hang out for the handmade variety I say! Nothing like having a house that Dad built ;)

    Thanks for the lovely comments on my posts. Ps. Bought Orla book on the Book Depository - have you heard of it? Great online bookstore with no postage fees and very reasonably priced. Orla is a beautiful fat door stop of a book and I think all up it cost me $32.
    x

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  4. a modular plywood cubby house! that's a great architectural project. I'm sure yours could out do anything on the market xx Jacq

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  5. I love the way it is!! is that bad to love the masking tape house? super cool project you guys are working on, and I say poke your nose in! you have creative flair too x

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  6. Cubby Houses are great to play in and great to look at. Buying a Cubby House kit from Kitcraft you are buying a piece of Australian heritage. Their Cubby houses are designed to outwear your kids and are all available at factory direct prices.

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