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How Much Does a Child's Playhouse Cost?

Outdoor Playhouse Prices

Building a child's playhouse is a great way to keep your children busy playing in the fresh air for many years to come. It can also be a good selling point for families looking to buy a house. A simple child's outdoor playhouse can be built for as little as $1,000. The price is well worth the 5 to 10 years your children will be using it.

Outdoor Playhouses Costs

You can usually build a child's outdoor playhouse for less than one mortgage payment. A playhouse can be built as a freestanding unit or you can build it in a tree. A freestanding one is obviously cheaper since you don't have to engineer a structure around a tree. A tree house, however, is usually used longer since the children don't grow out if it as quick.

A simple freestanding 4x6 playhouse that includes a door, window, and a roof typically costs $1200 to $1500. Most of this cost is labor, however. If you have any rough framing skills, you can save hundreds by doing it yourself. A tree house will usually cost almost double what a freestanding playhouse costs. This also depends on the tree that is chosen and the degree of difficulty to install a playhouse in it.

There are kits that you can buy that are ready to assemble. They range from the plain to the mansion-style extravagant. The price ranges from $800 to $10,000 and above. A simple one of these can be put together for a couple hundred dollars. Some of them require a construction crew and can cost several thousand to assemble. You may need a permit for large structures.

Helpful Tips

  • As stated before, the labor cost is usually what makes children's playhouses so expensive. Anything that you can do yourself will greatly reduce the cost of one, such as area preparation. When it comes to the safety of your child you want to make sure it's safe, first and foremost.
  • Carefully plan where you want the structure to be built. Relocating a playhouse is usually a tough job.

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