Alongside the huge range of playhouse and climbing frames that we make that can be chosen directly from our range we also frequently get involved with designing and building bespoke playhouses and custom climbing frames that are totally unique.
This summer has been no exception. Sometimes we will take established elements, such as our ever popular Otter Cottage children’s playhouse, and use it as the central feature of a custom built Playcentre. This is what we did for a customer in Hertfordshire much earlier this year. With a sunken area at the end of their garden they wanted to use the space as play area and then connect it to the main garden which was on a higher level. This gave us the opportunity to create a really interesting elevated decking area, with enough space to put table and chairs to enjoy the evening sunshine as well.
Working with Garden Designers and Landscape Architects
One aspect of our work that makes us truly unique is our ability to work with garden designers and landscape architects to help realise their vision for truly unique play spaces within their garden scheme. So Nicola asked us to incorporate some of the materials in the play area that she was using else where we were able to do this. Even if the material in question is the normally child unfriendly corrugated tin roofing. We put a lot of thought into eliminating any possibility of sharp edges occurring, achieving this by creating timber framing to shield all exposed edges. And when Nicola wanted he darkest of charcoal colours as well we kept things light by just paining the door, windows and trim elements while keeping a general theme of natural timber for the playhouse. The climbing frame itself was careful designed into a compact space using bridges, towers and walkways.
In a similarly compact space near Esher in Surrey, we built this multi faceted Playcentre, even incorporating a small den under one of the decks. The customer is a keen climber, we couldn’t construct a tall structure so put a traversing wall along a boundary fence, where the climbing moves sideways rather than upwards. Even getting in a swing into the space we feel we excelled in our efforts to make the most of a small and awkward space.
Mezzanine Playhouse with upstairs slide
We make a wide range of more bespoke playhouses and children’s cottages. This playhouse is only 2.5m tall yet manages to fit in a mezzanine upstairs level and to have the really cool feature (we think) of the slide coming from double doors out of the forward facing gable. This one was the start of really popular feature, that of having direct exit via a slide from inside the upstairs of the house. What could be more exiting?
Over the years we have made a number of castles. Small castles to fit into a very small garden corner, or larger playtowers with castellation features. Late in 2014 we built this castle as part of a large multi-platform Playcentre near Orpington in Kent. What makes this castle special is that, just like our 2 storey playhouse climbing frames, this castle has an upstairs and a downstairs. With secret escapes via a fireman’s pole from the battlements and a spiral tube slide direct from inside the Keep.