In 2014 Playways will be celebrating 10 years of making amazing climbing frames and playhouses. So at the end of 2013 it’s worth looking back over this year at some of the incredible projects we’ve been involved in. In this 2 part feature look back at some of playhouses and climbing frames that we’ve made this year.

At the start of 2013 we built a Forest mega combo playhouse climbing frame with a difference.

wooden climbing frames This playcentre in Surrey is based on our ever popular Forest mega combo, but with with some amazing differences. For a start, the roof of the playhouse is made from resin slates. This look was chosen to match the playhouse and play tower roof to the owners house. Also, to make the best use of the space available, the whole structure has been reconfigured to an ‘L’ shaped layout. By adding a tower to the Forest mega it becomes a Forest Mega Combo, and this year it has proved to be one of our best selling climbing frames.

The early part of the year also found us building playhouses in Primrose Hill in London.

This is one of those playhouses that really catches the imagination.Custom playhouses and climbing frames Based on our popular Otter Cottage, the addition of the extension on the left hand side transforms the whole structure into an amazing playcentre. In a tiny garden, overlooked from all sides, it was important to ensure that the climbing frame did not affect surrounding gardens privacy. We think (and the client did too, that the design achieves this remarkably well. The whole climbing frame playhouse is also a real asset to the look of the garden.

We took our playhouse climbing frames to a number of shows this year

With the spring came the first of our shows this year, and this was at Grand Designs in London. This huge event ran for 9 days and we spoke to thousands of people. Grand Designs London We took a Forest Mega with us, and it attracted loads of attention. Many people took the opportunity to add themselves to the Playways mailing list, something we’ve been a bit more active with this year. It’s a great way to keep informed about our latest projects. You too can add your name here. We won’t deluge you with emails, usually just one or 2 a month.

This was our busiest summer yet, and we went all over the country

This stunning adaptation of a Forest Mega Playhouse was installed in the Scottish Highlands.
Playhouses and climbing frames in Scotland We really found out how far the north of Scotland is from our base in East Devon. The Spiral Playhouse slide is something new for our climbing frames this year, as is the garden birds nest swing.

We added new playhouses to the playways range

It wasn’t all large play centres this year either. We found time to introduce a unique new playhouse to our range.
Playways playhouses with upstairsWe’ve called it the Exeter Playhouse. It has a relatively small footprint at 1.8m x 1.8m, but is crammed full of additional features. There’s an inner deck with space to sit and read upstairs. The veranda is deep enough for us to include a bench seat which is a lovely place to sit in chill sheltered from the summer sun. Window boxes enable this playhouse to be adorned with flowers.

From one of our smaller playhouses to our largest playhouse.

Designer PlayhouseHarvestwood house is a stunning 2 storey children’s playhouse. This one was commissioned for a garden near Woking in Surrey. There’s a huge amount of work in the construction of these playhouses, but the end result is stunning. There’s a large upstairs level, and the whole of the interior is lined and painted. So the walls inside are just like the plastered walls of a real house.

In part 2 of this feature we’ll be looking at some more of the stunning play installations we’ve built this year.

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