Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Building a Castle Cubby House

I saw a castle fort in a backyard of a guest house we stayed in once, and since then I had been dreaming of designing and building our own cubby castle. I love outdoor spaces that let kids use their imagination and have fun.

I drew a picture of new design and then we had a couple of days of building. We enjoyed making something together, the kids learnt a few things about building and it was more satisfying than buying one. Here's some pictures to show how we did it. 

the planning stage

measuring and cutting the main frame 

building the main frame

the door being attached with strong hinges so it can swing open

then decking 

outline, cut and drilling some hardiflex sheeting to the pine beams

the fun part, painting time

every castle needs a ladder

and a touch of gold and colour, using paint and a black sharpie texta!

some astro turf laid on the ground for easy play 
the door unlatches and swings open to let light in
and the inside panels double as a chalk board

we've enjoyed some sunny picnics from the top of our castle 

and some town meetings and card matches from below

we've had knightly celebrations with friends

and a chat with neighbours over the fence

Our castle, with it's shiny turrets at dusk, has only been standing for 7 months, but it has already created some great childhood memories.

Get creative, have imagination, and don't forget to play with your kids!

Little Ladybird


  1. This is simply the best cubby house, Tash!!!


  2. This is FANTASTIC! What a great idea and what a handy hubby (wish I had one of these). Looks like the kids are having a great time in their new play area! Cute kids!

  3. Oh my this is amazing, Nick made us something similar but it was just an outer wood layer on an old uncovered bunker. How fabulous and a great addition to your garden. I'd love you to join my new Trash2Treasure link up, this is so clever.

  4. That's so awesome!! I wish my man was good at building stuff so he could build something like this at our place. I can see we'll end up with a boring plastic cubby house.

  5. Dang! That is super cool. I like how the bottom opens up for extra play space.

  6. This looks great, I bet they love it :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays blog hop..


  7. This looks like so much fun! I want to come over an play, too! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

  8. Oh Tash! How wonderful. I don't know a kid in the world who wouldn't love that and to think you made it all by yourselves. Just amazing. Thank you so much for linking your post up to Thriving on Thursday. It's always a pleasure to have you. I'm featuring this post at tomorrow's party.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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