The Story of a Playhouse and a Pool House

finding home playhouse and poolhouse

Today we are taking the final stop on sharing our backyard spaces during Takin’ It Outside Week – our pool house / playhouse.

This project is a true DIY –a vision of Hubby’s for a project to do with the girls.

And it all started with this crazy day where all I could do was sit back shake my head and take pictures.

Playhouse construction

This is our old deck – minus the railings.  We had to remove it because that whole area needed to be dug up to redo drainage pipes because of flooding in our basement.   Hubby decided that it would make the perfect floor for a clubhouse.  The ultimate in recycling I guess.

And for entertainment purposes – here are some pictures of where it went from there.

 Playhouse construction

 Playhouse construction

Once he got it in place (set of some gravel brought in while doing the drainage) we all got to work.

Playhouse construction

The walls were built as panels in the garage on a flat surface.

Playhouse construction

And then we began attaching them to the base.

The floor is 8’ x 12’.

 Playhouse construction

We were lucky enough to get help from friends to attach the roof rafters and plywood.

 Playhouse construction

I wish I had more pictures to show you of the process – but this is where it ends.  I also don’t have a tutorial to provide you.

This project has taken us two years – doing a bit here and there when time allowed.  It was truly a “figuring our way as we go along”.

And then in the meantime – we added a pool.  So now it also kind of a pool house as well.

finding home playhouse and poolhouse

It was truly just luck that everything spaced out well enough to incorporate the structure into the new backyard setup.

We chose to add board and batten to the exterior and trimmed it out in a wood material that is coated with a hard white finish.

Just a few weeks ago we painted the door, added the window boxes (found at an auction) and touched up all of the trim.

The overall structure is stained with an opaque stain.

This picture shows before we added the window boxes and painted the door.

playhouse construction

The door and the side windows are reused as well.  The windows came from our construction project and the door came from a job our contractor was working on.  We also used as much wood as we could from our disassembled old laundry room.  When painting the door – it was a chore – much scraping involved – I was wishing we had just bought a new door, but in the end I love it.  It still had the original glass which was dangerous so we actually changed it out to Plexiglas so there would be no safety concerns.

playhouse construction

I added a simple square grapevine wreath to dress it up with out worrying about something heavy banging on the door.

finding home playhouse and poolhouse

The weekend we painted to door we also painted the whole interior white and last weekend we installed a peel and stick floor.

finding home playhouse and poolhouse

Over the next few weeks I will be working on the interior and hoping to have this project completed so it can finally really be used.

I am hoping during the warmer months for it to be a great place for the kids and for guests to change, etc.  In the winter months it will be a great place to store pool gear for the winter.

Stay tuned for the inside…

You can also read about our screened porch here.

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15 thoughts on “The Story of a Playhouse and a Pool House”


  1. Oh my, I had no idea that is how the playhouse had its beginning! You two are an inspiration in tackling projects without knowing exactly where you will end up. So far it is pretty impressive how things do turn out. What a difference in the play/pool house before and after the window boxes and painted door and wreath. You have such a talent for pulling it all togrther.

  2. Laura,
    It is refreshing to see how hard work and thinking outside the box can lead to such a beautiful result. Re-using part of the deck was brilliant. In the past I have been able to get doors and windows at deep discount due to builder error. It’s nice to see your windmill has a prime location.

    ps are those “canning jar lights” I see on hooks near the seating by the pool? (last post)

  3. What a brilliant transformation. I’m so impressed. I actually can’t show this post to my daughters, because I’d never hear the end of it.!

  4. How fun! I’m the girls and their friends love it. What kid doesn’t want a playhouse growing up. You guys did a great job making sure it blended in with the house and backyard decor.

  5. What a wonderful playhouse! My hubby has been busy building a play set for our girls, and it’s a ton of work! I should show my hubby this post…he’d be loving the jd tractor. In fact, he’s been looking to upgrade our tractor and is checking out a JD this weekend. How do you like yours? Which model is it?

  6. Adorable! It looks just perfect at the end of that path from the pool! We converted our carriage house into a homeschooling classroom 16 years ago. During the summer months it was our pool cabana. Now that the boys are all graduated the building got a fresh start as a cabana and a guest house. It’s so much fun to have a little “extra” space outside!!!!

    Looking forward to checking out the inside!


  7. So cute!! I am envious of this little house, ha. You did a great job with the exterior and it is so charming looking by the pool, looks like you exactly planned it that way….I can’t wait to see what you do with the inside!! Thanks for sharing. I know what you mean about the old door….we used one in our basement and it was a lot of work to get it presentable looking, but I am glad we persevered!! Blessings, Linda

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