Let’s Play House!

Sunday, April 10, 2011 | Category: Home Exteriors, Kids

As a kid, I had a life-size playhouse in our backyard.  It was pretty basic: a box, with a pitched roof, one exterior window, a dutch door.  It was painted blue with white trim.  Completely unfinished on the inside with no electricity or running water (joke).  At certain times of the year it was cold and damp inside with a musty smell.  But regardless, it was my little retreat and I played in there for hours with friends.  Or rather, I played for hours, friends stayed for brief visits.  I couldn’t even manage to keep Scamp, our Cocker Spaniel in there for very long, he always wanted out for some reason.  It moved with us about three times and then I finally outgrew it prior to our next move. So my parent’s put it “on the market” and surprisingly it *sold* rather quickly.

Well, the “playhouse real estate” market has changed quite a bit back from the time I had one! I came across these architectural gems of a playhouse from a company called Smart Playhouse.  If you are in the market for a modern and chic life-size playhouse – they sell ones for both indoor and outdoor.

The Illinois offers great views and a front porch.

The Hobikken is still contemporary, but has a more rustic warm cottage feel.

The Kyoto (mini) is much more futuristic looking.

The Kyoto (maxi) offers a second story and is inspired by Japanese avant-garde architecture.

The Casaforum is made of wood and steel, with a textured facade.

For indoor playhouses, there are two options:

The Hobikken

The Kyoto

Happy House Hunting!

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7 Comments to 'Let’s Play House!'

Jessie@www.mixandchic.com 10 Apr 11 at 10:29 pm

Awesome modern playhouses! I want one, just kidding. The first one looks so gorgeous and livable!


Design Elements 11 Apr 11 at 9:31 am

wow for the Kyoto! happy new week!

Allison 11 Apr 11 at 9:57 am

I would love to have one in my backyard for a mini escape!

amanda 11 Apr 11 at 12:02 pm

oh these look like so much fun! i had a play house when i was a kid and i just loved it. it was just a small version of our house but it was great. nothing modern like that.

Sarah Devaney-O'Neil 18 Apr 11 at 11:29 am

Playhouses certainly have changed drastically.

My assistant Elizabeth used to work at Pottery Barn Kids, and told me a story about a mother coming in and purchasing a chandelier for her daughters playhouse. When she started talking to the mom about what the playhouse really was she said it was basically a mini version of their real house, with electricity and plumbing! I couldn’t believe it!

Sure is different then the little playhouses or the occasional cardboard box that you could use your imagination and make into whatever you wanted it to be! haha

Homes for sale 22 Apr 11 at 2:04 am

Illinois is very beautiful play house for children I think children will like this play house. Illinois has a big space and looking nice.

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