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Thinking of building a play area where the kids can run, swing, slide, climb, hang, hide and jump? Get a head start with these 15 ideas designed to inspire.

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Little Raskels Playhouse(8 of 14)

The green and white color combo works beautifully with the woodsy surroundings, but this is hardly a rustic lair. Some of the defining features for this clubhouse are a loft with a skylight and a lookout perch above.

This playhouse will find multi-seasonal use with sturdy playhouse-sized windows to keep the kids cozy. The base is 6-by-11 feet, and the front porch is 4-by-3 feet, with a front door height of about 5 feet.

Play Like a Kid, Plan Like a Parent
HARDWARE: Think carefully about the hardware for every structure. You want to be certain it can handle the level of activity and is appropriate for the weather conditions. You will also want to pay strict attention to your assembly techniques.

Of course you want to avoid protruding bolts, which can cause lacerations and entangle clothing, and you'll want to plug the ends of tubes. Use lock washers and self-locking nuts to prevent loosening, and close hooks so that gaps are minimal.

If you are building a kit, make sure to use the screws, bolts and other hardware that are recommended by the manufacturer.

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