Thursday, January 6, 2011

Now for something different ...

Now for something different ...

For the past several years in January, I typically have great aspirations to accomplish a lot of stuff in the coming year.  This year, one of my developing aspirations is to build a play house in our back yard for the kids.  I first got this idea towards the end of last summer just before the weather turned cold and rainy, so I put the idea on hold.  It's still cold and rainy now, but I can take this opportunity to draw a concept or two for the play house.

My motives for this project would be two-fold.  Initially, we would let the kids play in it.  But the reality is the kids are destined to abandon the play house when they get older.  So I would want to make a structure that would also be useful to me as a study or workshop.  My wife sees through this last part of my plan and says it's just going to be my "man cave!"  She might be right...

As I illustrated in my sketch, I am thinking of having two doors.  One that's kid sized, and one that's adult sized, so grown-ups wouldn't need to stoop down to enter.  I've never built a shed, or a house, but from what I can tell, building a wall with a window is a lot more work than putting up a big window.  So I've drawn the south wall of the play house as one big window.  This might save me some building effort and give us a way to keep an eye on the kids in the play house.

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