Where I think we at Playways offer truly unique playhouses is in our ability to come up with simple yet truly original solutions to quite complex problems. For example, when Carol first approached Playways in early 2013 her seemingly simple requirement for a playhouse with a few climbing frame activities for her young son rapidly developed into quite a difficult brief. The reasons for this primarily were that her garden was quite small, and overlooked by at least a dozen other properties in a very desirable part of central London.
Immediately, I knew that any deviation from the constraints of the planning requirements would lead to subsequent difficulty. And also Carol was very sensitive to her neighbours in not wanting her son to be able to have a vantage point to gaze across into to their gardens.
There was the other factor that Carols garden was quite small, but very nicely laid out and maintained, and was clearly an area enjoyed and used by all the family.
So, on her list of wants was:
A London playhouse.
A slide – most definite about this
Some form of climbing – an active boy needs to have challenges
A structure that would be an enhancement to her garden
A structure that would not cause offence or annoyance to her neighbours.
It seemed impossible, particularly when a quick measurement revealed the available space was only about 4.5 metres by just over 3 metres.
Carol had seen some of the playhouses we had built in Kensington and Chelsea as well as further afield in Surrey and Kent and really liked the Otter Cottage. Otter Cottage is one of Playways most popular playhouses. The picture of the Kensington playhouse she’d seen shows access to a higher level through a door in the side of the playhouse. This gave us the idea of building a covered annexe which would provide the launch point and access for the slide and the climbing wall. Additionally, the annexe would add extra play space below, a second room to the playhouse.
This was always going to be an exciting project, but I think the end result exceeded all our expectations and Carol has a magnificent London Playhouse
A fantastic playhouse for small spaces
- A London playhouse.
- A slide - most definite about this
- Some form of climbing - an active boy needs to have challenges
- A structure that would be an enhancement to her garden
- A structure that would not cause offence or annoyance to her neighbours