I'm looking for a cheap outdoor summer playhouse idea for my son - recyclables welcome!

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jand8 years ago
Even smaller cardboard boxes work. Tape them shut and they become building blocks..big ones. My boys would play with them for hours in the living room on rainy days.
Leosmama8 years ago
Big cardboard boxes. You can get them from places that sell fridges/washing-machines furniture etc. cut out windows, doors. Join several boxes together with packing tape to make kitchen/lounge/bedroom etc. small box as a table. Everyone can join in painting it, inside and out. Paint a clock, pictures and their frames, etc. Attach some Xmas bells as a door bell. If you can put it under cover when it rains, you could get several months out of it (we did). Have fun!
Catharsis8 years ago
Bryan Smith called it right. My Dad did just that when I was about seven or eight years old. It was a two story "fort" with a trap door between the floors. We cut a "window" in one wall of the second storey, and Dad even found some carpet for it to prevent a few splinters. Just make cubes, and stack 'em up.
Bryan Smith8 years ago
Shipping pallets nailed together. Be creative. Pallets are free at many businesses. Be sure to ask first though.
110100101108 years ago
go to construction site find the megatrash take everything usable (especially steel and aluminium profiles and stuff that can be used for walls / roof) build he house from it
A quick search of Instructables turned up several ideas. Try rocketscientist's cardboard suggestion first. It may not be too durable, but you can't beat the price.

I would suggest starting with a concrete slab, as described here or in the comments here. Then build a lumber frame, perhaps simpler than this one.

You can then add onto that with items from Craig's List, Freecycle, and the hardware store. For example, you could roof the playhouse with a tarp or a thin sheet of plastic (white to keep the temperature down). Using multiple layers of old screen doors as walls would provide good ventilation and (at least during the day) allow people to see out but not in.
KentsOkay8 years ago
Cardboard? Fence panels?