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DIY Cubby House Plans

Apr 20, 2009 by

Topic: Kids Play Equipment

Cubby houses provide tons of fun for children so if your kids are begging you for their very own cubby house, the planning stage is vital to ensure that you end up with the perfect cubby house for your kids.

The Budget

With most projects around the home, cubby houses included, budget is one of the most important factors. You need to know how much money that you are prepared to spend.  A cubby house or the materials to make one, can cost up to $2500.

If you are reasonably confident in your DIY abilities, you can save yourself money by buying the materials and building the cubby house yourself.  Hardware outlets stocking hardware supplies will often have DIY cubby house plans available for sale that detail the tools and materials needed as well as accurate measurements.

Buy a Kit

If you like the idea of DIY but don't want to build a cubby house entirely from scratch, you can buy a DIY cubby house kit.  These come with pre-cut materials and detailed instructions.  All you have to do is slot the pieces together as the instructions say, and fasten them together with some basic tools.

Go Prefabricated

If you don't have the time or the DIY knowledge for a cubby house from scratch or a kit cubby house, you can buy a prefabricated model.  These have parts that have been fully assembled.  While they are more expensive to buy, they are built and ready for use in just hours.

Choosing the Right Cubby House for your Kids

There are three basic styles of cubby houses:

  1. The fort - these are open plan cubby houses, and often make sure of accessories such as slides, nets, and sandpits.
  2. Traditional - these are the cubby houses that look like a miniature house.  They come with windows, doors, and even verandas, depending on the model.
  3. Play centres - these are semi-enclosed.  Think one full wall and one half-height wall.  They also come with great accessories such as sandpits, slides, nets, and other things to make play even more fun.

When you choose a cubby for your kids, take their age and development level into consideration.  Of course, make sure you have enough room in your yard for the cubby that you are thinking about.

Check with Council

Your local council may have regulations about where you put your cubby house and how high it can be, so it is important to check with your local council before you buy any cubby house plans. And if you are not that great at DIY why not get a local handyman to give you a 'hand'?

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