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PLAYHOUSE
sa   PLAYGROUND & PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
sa   TOY APPLIANCE
xx   PLAYGROUND & PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
xx   TOY
xx   TOY BUILDINGS & STRUCTURES

Plans are available for any of the three styles of playhouses (1) a multi-level unit, (2) storage shed/playhouse combination, and (3) a mountain fire-watch tower.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1971 (v.49#6) pg. 42

Photo shows an A-frame play shelter. Est. cost: $23.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1972 (v.50#7) pg. 45

Photo shows how to make a teepee in a corner from two six-foot 2x2s and cloth. Est. cost: $7.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1972 (v.50#7) pg. 75

Photo shows how to make a "smiling" playhouse for a child's room from 3/4" plywood. Room wall serves as the back. Cutout holes provide crawl-through space. Est. cost: $18.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1973 (v.51#7) pg. 56

Photos show five backyard play complexes that combine playhouses, platforms, swings, slides, etc. Plans can be ordered for two of them: (1) a combination playhouse/storage shed with a ramp slide, and (2) a tree-room, 10x16-ft., with screens on three sides.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1974 (v.52#6) pg. 34

Photo shows how to make an A-frame play tent using the frame of an infant swing with a cover sewn from bright fabric. Est. cost: $12.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1974 (v.52#7) pg. 58

Photo shows how to make a store and bank for children to use in play. Units are built from double-thick corrugated board. Est. cost: $16.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1975 (v.53#7) pg. 43

Photo shows playhouse on stilts and attached beam that supports two tire swings and a climbing ladder. Plans must be ordered.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1977 (v.55#6) pg. 108

Quilted cottage. Playhouse is a flakeboard shell with quilt batting and calico topping. Shingles are padded calico. Has two doors, two windows with shutters, flower boxes and tie-back curtains. Est. cost: $99.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1979 (v.57#7) pg. 83, 159

Igloo playhouse (5x4x3 feet) is made from pressure-treated wood and is strong enough to be climbed on. Estimated cost: $62.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1980 (v.58#7) pg. 89, 126

Card table playhouse. Four-sided fabric covering with zipper doors looks like buildings in a Western town. Estimated cost: $31.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1981 (v.59#7) pg. 32, 46

Fabric schoolhouse is supported on a 36"x65"x42" framework of 1x2s. A real bell hangs in the belfry. Children can go through the fabric door to play inside. Est. cost: $61.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1982 (v.60#7) pg. 83, 128

Photo shows an "igloo" playhouse made by hinging together fifteen equilateral triangles cut from tempered hardboard. Est. cost: $77.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1983 (v.61#2) pg. 37

Hexagon playhouse made from plywood or waferboard. May also be used to store firewood. Uses "Starplates" for simple, sturdy construction. Est. cost: $98.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1983 (v.61#2) pg. 67, 114

Pyramid playhouse. Made from 2 sheets of waferboard. Held together with hinges at edges. Collapses for storage. Est. cost: $50.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1984 (v.62#2) pg. 77, 136

"Trojan Horse" is hollow and can be climbed on and played in. Body is 21"x36" and is made up of 1x3s and 1x4s nailed to arched end panels. Detailed plan can be ordered. Est. cost: $70.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Mar 1986 (v.64#3) pg. 83, 164

High-rise tree house that can be built in three weekends and won't hurt the tree. Est. cost: $600.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1988 (v.66#6) pg. 156

Indoor playhouse made from decoratively painted plywood panels which fit together with notches. May be disassembled for storage. Est. cost: $150.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1981 (v.4#10) pg. 9

Cardboard playhouse that folds up and rolls away (for storage). Igloo-like enclosure made from 15 equal cardboard triangles hinged with tape and elastic.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1982 (v.5#9) pg. 27

Toddler's slide and playhouse combination. Est. cost: $25.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1982 (v.6#2) pg. 20

Sturdy playhouse built from plywood folds down to a 4x4-ft. size. Overall dimensions when assembled are 72" tall, 52" wide, 48" long. It features a door that opens and windows with decorative shutters.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Oct 1983 (v.7#1) pg. 14

Alpine chalet playhouse stands on stilts and has a five-rung ladder for access.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1986 (v.9#11) pg. 24

Child's playhouse incorporates a swing, slide, monkeybars and sandbox. Cedar shingles and shutters may be added if desired.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1987 (v.10#10) pg. 32

Outdoor "fort" playhouse is simple to build from cedar.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1994 (v.17#6) pg. 33

Two-in-one lemonade stand and puppet theater will collapse for storage. Built from plywood and poplar. Includes a chalkboard marquee and billboard.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1994 (v.17#10) pg. 32

Joe's garage. A fabric playhouse that fits over a cardtable. Above the roll-up door is an appliqued sign "Joe's Garage". restroom doors, a wrecker towing a car and a gas pump are appliqued on the other three sides.
CRAFTS Jul 1992 (v.15#7) pg. 62, 41

Playhouse is made from fabric sewn in four large "Log cabin" quilt blocks with a peaked roof and stuffed chimney. Fits over a card table.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Oct 1980 (v.11#8) pg. 44

A tower clubhouse is 6 ft. off the ground and features a trap door and rope ladder.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #93 Aug 1966 (v.16#4) pg. 54

Space Age Playhouse is 4 ft. wide, 6 ft. long and 10 ft. high.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #115 Mar 1970 (v.20#2) pg. 36

Indoor climber, made of dowels and canvas, can double as a playhouse.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #224 Dec 1981 (v.31#10) pg. 30

Kids' playhouse doubles as guest cottage. 8x12-ft floor space, cedar shake roof, large deck, simple construction, etc.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #229 May-Jun 1982 (v.32#5) pg. 66

Children's fun center. An elaborate "lemonade stand" has a PVC pipe frame covered with colorful fabric. Also suitable for use as a puppet theater. Est. cost: $150.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #250 Jul-Aug 1984 (v.34#6) pg. 86, 88

Two-story Victorian playhouse. First place winner in outdoor project contest.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #279 May-Jun 1987 (v.37#5) pg. 38

Castle playhouse. Walls and roof of this playhouse are made from four sheets of 3/4" plywood and are slotted to make assembly easier. When not needed, the walls and roof can be stored nearly flat, taking up little space.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #304 Jan 1990 (v.40#1) pg. 74

Playhouse (60"x70"x 48" high sidewalls) has grooved T1-11 siding, a peaked roof, two windows and gingerbread trim. Est. cost: $350.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #328 May 1992 (v.42#5) pg. 42

Backyard fort, a tree house without the tree. Est. cost: $300.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #336 Mar 1993 (v.43#3) pg. 38
Correction FAMILY HANDYMAN #341 Sep 1993 (v.43#8) pg. 15

Building a Gothic playhouse. Only limited construction information included.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #61 Jun-Jul 1990 pg. 43

Play planks build child-size buildings.
HOME CRAFTSMAN Oct 1963 pg. 31

A-Frame "cabin in the woods" playhouse on 8x8-ft. square floor with stairs up to outside sundeck that is 6 ft. off the ground.
HOME CRAFTSMAN Jan-Feb 1965 (v.34#1) pg. 18

Two-story playhouses feature a built-in slide, sandbox, monkey-bars, swings, etc.
HOME MECHANIX #687 Jul 1985 (v.81) pg. 46

Folding playhouse can be used indoors or out. Features 5 windows (covered with canvas curtains), one door, and an oilcloth roof. The house can be completely disassembled for storage by removing 8 hinge pins.
HOME MECHANIX #697 May 1986 (v.82) pg. 66

The playful playhouse. This "Cheshire Cat Playhouse" features a cat face, crooked doors and windows, a cutout happy face with a big walk-through smile, and a balcony. Plans must be ordered.
HOME MECHANIX #767 Jul-Aug 1992 (v.88) pg. 72

Garden retreats. Three easy-to-build hideaways for your backyard. (1) Classic cottage kit features louvered window shutters, cupola, Italianate-style, etc. (2) Chalet-style log cabin kit. (3) Double-decker playhouse (tearoom/fort) built from framing and plywood covered with cedar shakes.
HOME MECHANIX #786 Jun 1994 (v.90) pg. 38

A-frame style playhouse is set on top of a large tree stump.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1983 (v.8#3) pg. 55

Circus Big-Top designs for a child's room. Instructions for a felt card-table cover that makes a tent.
McCALLS NEEDLEWORK & CRAFTS Summer 1979 (v.24#2) pg. 70, 109

A-Frame or tepee shaped playhouse.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #433 Jun 1964 (v.60) pg. 101

Giant building boards, similar to Lincoln Logs, enable children to make full-sized playhouses, benches, fences, etc. Made from 3/4" plywood.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #459 Aug 1966 (v.62) pg. 80

A-frame toolshed, greenhouse, cabana, playhouse, etc. A 2x4 framework covered with fiberglass panels has many uses.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #470 Jul 1967 (v.63) pg. 102

A-frame style treehouse is built on top of a tree stump about 12 feet off the ground.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #553 Jun 1974 (v.70) pg. 68

Outdoor playhouse is built entirely of wood. Features a lot of "gingerbread" decoration.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #638 Jul 1981 (v.77) pg. 80L

A tree house for treeless yards. 6x6-ft. tree house is mounted on two 8x8-in. posts. A "fire pole", monkeybars and ladder provide alternative means to get in and out of the house. Est. cost: $450.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #638 Jul 1981 (v.77) pg. 52

Build a cordwood masonry clubhouse for the kids.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #93 May-Jun 1985 pg. 136

Backyard sailing ship.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1963 (v.120#2) pg. 136

Five different designs for modern tree houses, with or without a tree.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1965 (v.123#6) pg. 126

Backyard playhouse/storage shed comes in four styles: Western, Cape Cod, Swiss Modern or Vermonter. Plans must be ordered. Est. cost: $228.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1970 (v.133#5) pg. 110

Plans for three attractive backyard playhouses and/or storage buildings. (1) Storybook cottage, (2) The Southern, (3) A-Frame with loft. Plans can be ordered for $4 each.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1973 (v.140#1) pg. 162

Simple indoor playhouse in the shape of an "L". Placed into a corner, it forms a playhouse. Each leg of the "L" has a window, and there is a small door to get into the house. An overhanging roof completes the unit.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1975 (v.144#4) pg. 146

Three storybook playhouses you can build. From the tale of the Three Little Pigs, the "straw house" and the "wood house" are collapsible for storage. The "brick house" does not collapse. Est. costs: $60, $85, and $200 respectively.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1978 (v.150#1) pg. 76

Make this play-cube for your youngsters. 5-ft. cube built of cedar siding features large circular windows on two sides and a lot of ventilation.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1978 (v.150#3) pg. 116

Build the best lemonade stand on your block. Lemon-shaped stand is built from plywood and has a table and bench for the operator. Stand can be folded for storage.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1979 (v.152#2) pg. 86

Build this treetop hideaway for your youngsters. A-frame shape treehouse features sections of the roof which open up to form windows. Unit is suspended between two trees about 8 ft. apart. Built from 2x4s and plywood.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1980 (v.154#2) pg. 92

Backyard playhouse includes a front porch., rough-sawn plywood siding and a shingled roof. Interior is 4x6-ft and stands 6-ft. tall. It is mounted 4-ft. above the ground on posts. Est. cost: $300.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1985 (v.162#7) pg. 106

Two-level outdoor play tower.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1963 (v.183#2) pg. 114

A-frame playhouse or picnic shelter is 12x14-ft. and has two floors.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1965 (v.187#1) pg. 124

Double-deck gazebo. Sheltered sundeck perches atop an 8-ft. storage cube for outdoor equipment.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1969 (v.195#3) pg. 178

Modern "bowl" for sun-bathing is made from plywood panels and paper-backed aluminum. Turned upside down, the bowl becomes a playhouse.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1970 (v.196#2) pg. 112

This 4-in-1 plywood rocker flips over to become a picnic table or a playhouse. On its side it becomes a snack bar. Collapses for storage.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1970 (v.197#1) pg. 77

Scaled down version of the Hexa-Pent Domehome which appeared in the May and June 1972 issues. This knockdown, portable version is built from Masonite and Plexiglas and assembled with sheet-metal brackets and wing nuts. Use as a playhouse or instead of a tent for camping. Est. cost: $100.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1972 (v.201#2) pg. 82, 130

Child's slide, climber, and playhouse combination is made entirely from plywood. Winning design in plywood project contest.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1980 (v.217#2) pg. 99

Child's play castle made from two waferboard panels. The parts nest together for compact storage. Winning design in the 10th annual Popular Science/American Plywood Assn. contest.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1986 (v.229#2) pg. 87

Kids' castle. This plywood outdoor playhouse attaches to an existing structure (house, garage, ...) and has plenty of storage space for toys.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1991 (v.6#6) pg. 74

Outdoor playhouse has balcony and slide.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Aug 1963 (v.34#8) pg. 92

Simple clubhouse for kids.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Apr 1964 (v.35#4) pg. 102

Pirate ship playhouse.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Jul 1964 (v.35#7) pg. 82

A-frame playhouse or storage shelter.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Aug 1964 (v.35#8) pg. 76

How to make a playhouse from an old wooden cable spool.
SUNSET Mar 1977 (v.158#3) pg. 156

How to build a "boojum bungalow" playhouse that is on two levels with a swing, a sandbox, and carpeted play platforms.
SUNSET Apr 1977 (v.158#4) pg. 154

How to build a play tower that sits atop a "fort". Built from 2x4s and lengths of utility poles for steps to the upper level. Est. cost: under $100.
SUNSET Sep 1977 (v.159#3) pg. 116

Two fabric structures for pre-schoolers. (1) Tepee that is supported by PVC pipe. (2) House-shaped slipcover for card table.
SUNSET Dec 1980 (v.165#6) pg. 90

Tips on building an 8x10-ft. outdoor playhouse. Features casement windows, French doors and a loft bed. Est. cost: $2000.
SUNSET Jun 1985 (v.174#6) pg. 108

Combination lemonade stand and puppet theater is built from plywood. Removable sign and front shelf make it a stand. Roof with built-in curtains drops in place to form the theater.
SUNSET Aug 1985 (v.175#2) pg. 86

Ideas for fantasy playhouses include a gold rush hotel, an adobe hacienda, a castle and a gingerbread house. Only limited construction information is included.
SUNSET Jul 1986 (v.177#1) pg. 86

Tip: Playhouse made from two sheets of plywood can fold up on two piano hinges to store flat against a wall.
SUNSET Feb 1987 (v.178#2) pg. 108

Two play shelters, a store and a tepee. Made from pieces of pegboard that are assembled by tieing them together with boot laces.
SUNSET Dec 1987 (v.179#6) pg. 76

Housebed. Indoor freestanding playhouse comes apart for moving or flat storage. A ladder is used to reach the recessed "roof" which functions as a bed when equipped with a mattress. Overall dimensions: 40"x79"x69" tall.
SUNSET Jan 1992 (v.188#1) pg. 94

Tepee for two. A colorful play structure to make with no sewing. Est. cost: $63.
SUNSET Jun 1997 (v.198#6) pg. 126

A dream playhouse to build. A 4x8-ft. storybook cottage made of pine and 7 sheets of plywood. Features a dutch door, window shutters, and real shingles.
WOMAN'S DAY Jun 7 1983 (v.46#11) pg. 100, 134

Kids' country cottage playhouse features windows and doors that open. Built mostly of plywood. The walls and roof panel disassemble easily for storage. Overall dimensions: 48"x62"x60" tall.
WOOD MAGAZINE #87 Apr 1996 (v.13#3) pg. 60, Insert
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #95 Feb 1997 (v.14#2) pg. 7

A-Frame playhouse with simple wooden frame and hardboard siding.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1965 (v.21#3) pg. 44

A 6-ft. square outdoor playhouse or tool shed constructed mostly of plywood.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1969 (v.25#4) pg. 18

"Gingerbread Kiddie Store" has decorative scrollwork to give a Hansel and Gretal appearance. Store is 2 ft. deep, 4 ft. wide and 4 ft. high.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1970 (v.26#4) pg. 24

How to build an A-frame playhouse. A-frames are 12 ft. high on a 9 ft. square floor.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1974 (v.30#5) pg. 65

Scandinavian Playhouse. House in 96" deep, 48" wide and 72" high. Front half is an open porch with built-in benches. Door has a heart shaped window and there is a 22" square window in the rear wall. Can be assembled with nuts and bolts for disassembly. Dimensioned drawing included.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1977 (v.33#1) pg. 56

Playhouse is shaped like a giant shoe. The sloping front of the shoe is a slide.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1980 (v.36#3) pg. 22

Children's two-story playhouse is combined with storage. This 5x8-ft. unit features a balcony on the second story and "Swiss-Alpine" styling.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1982 (v.38#5) pg. 22

Super puppet theater doubles as a playhouse. Made from three pieces of plywood which store flat when not in use.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1983 (v.39#2) pg. 3

Fairy tale playhouse has shingle siding and two cantilevered corner towers. Part 1. Est. cost: $500.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1984 (v.40#3) pg. 8

Child's contemporary playhouse has cantilevered second floor.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1984 (v.40#3) pg. 42

Fairy tale playhouse. Part 2.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1984 (v.40#4) pg. 76

Combination deck and play area. One wing of a deck has tall sides which simulate the walls and parapets of a castle.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1986 (v.42#2) pg. 60

Quick playhouse for kids made from pre-fabricated stockade fencing.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1990 (v.46#3) pg. 47

Three bears' cottage. An outdoor playhouse is designed to look like a miniature New England saltbox. It features traditional cedar shingles, a 9x9-ft. interior, built-in kitchen cabinets with imitation appliances, carpeting, a covered porch, etc.
WORKBENCH Apr-May 1994 (v.50#2) pg. 42