Monday, May 16, 2011

Turning a page in the book of life

I have always cherished this little adorable playhouse that my girls were given when they were small , it was a very generous gift from their Grandparents , and it has been a source of much fun play for both my girls and their friends as well as many children I have babysat over the years we have lived here, and I have had a lot of fun tarting it up adding shutters and making a built in bench and painting and adding shingles to the front peak , but it has become purely a storage shed in the winter housing our pool poles, the girls have truly outgrown the playhouse, sad but it happens. What we really need in our backyard is a bigger more functional building. I have long wanted a bunkie , some where people could actually sleep comfortable in the summer months . Looks like I am going to get my bunkie and in order for that to happen we had to say good bye to our sweet playhouse . I am happy to say it is staying in the family and a sweet little girl will be enjoying it soon , after it gets assembled if the rain ever lets up around here.

This is kind of what I am thinking , I would like french doors , which I hope to find from a restore , it is going to be about 10'x10' nice size but not too big . I want two good sized windows on the sides to allow for a good cross breeze. I may create bunk beds built in , or daybed corner bed , I'm not sure about that yet , but double bunks would allow for great winter storage , and it would be nice to have a little loft space as well. The kids are going to just love this bunkie.

This is the mess we currently have , I have a lot of transplanting to do here as well as a lot of clearing.

We have also decided not to put up our pool this summer , it just wasn't used as much as I would have liked it to have been used considering how much work I did maintaining it daily , I guess the novelty wore off after the first year. So if anyone locally would like to purchase this pool which is a 15' round pool with all the supplies , please let me know , it is in great condition.

We are therefore left with this circle of sand , we are trying to decide that to do with it , we worked so hard clearing the grass , it is trying to re-grow but since it is mostly sand I think we should do something with it , like brick around the edges and use pea gravel in the center , for a little firepit , or should we just grass it over , it is so hard to decide...but something needs to be done.

There is so much work to be done in the back yard is a tad overwhelming right now actually , we tackle a little bit every season , we only can even use it half the year, so 6 months we ignore it and 6 months we try to make it better.

Here are some very inspiring bunkies.

I hope ours looks this cute when we are done , I suppose this is actually a shed but what a cute shed.


Screaming Meme said...

:( Chris...Isnt hard when they grow should have a stipulation that you get it back when the girls have ;)

I love the bunkie idea...though...I didnt know they were called that...:) So exciting!!! Xo, Meme

Heidi said...

It is sad to see the playhouse go BUT I'm freaking excited about the new bunkie!! We have a spot in our backyard that would be perfect for one if we leveled the ground there. Can't wait to see it from start to finish!

your sis

Thirkellgirl said...

We did exactly the same thing - stop putting up our pool and then we built a lovely patio on the sand that was left. We have a fire pit from Lowes in the middle, some chairs, some beachy grasses at the far end, and I'm on the lookout for a picnic table bench I can paint red for additional seating. The kids and their friends use the fire pit much more than they had the pool in recent years.

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Such an adorable idea. My boys are 12 and 14 this month and I am feeling sad about that. Things change and it is bittersweet. I look forward to seeing you build such a fantastic new space that will be so fun and useable.

Melissa at HOUSEography said...

LOVE Bunkies!! I grew up in the Adirondack mountains where lots of people had bunkies at their camps. I always loved sleeping in them with the sound of the lake swells. So much fun!

Peggy Houston, TX said...

I saw the perfect bed... its on my pinterest "for the home". It is my dream sleeping porch bed.

Passionate for White said...

Oooh I can hardly wait to see the work in progress!

Christine said...

Just make sure you check out if you need building permits. I would hate to see you have any problems. We live in Durham also and a neighbor recently had a lot of issues

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I had similar feelings when our wooden climber left several years ago. They do grow quickly!

Love your idea for the bunkie and I think the pea gravel is a great look. Did you see the pea gravel/beach areas at French Country Cottage? With your pergola and talent for decor I think that would be something you could really make look spectacular.

Just Beachy said...

Thanks Christine I have inquired and as long as I stay under 100 sq ft I'm am fine it will not be any bigger than that .

michelle said...

These are great! I would something like this. We have a shed but it is towards the end of our property and the hubby uses it for his toys. You have a great space and I can't wait to see what you do.