- An Interactive Magic Mirror (See Separate DIY Magic Mirror Instructable)
- Vintage Light Fixtures
- Stained Glass Windows
- A Built-in Bookshelf
- Recessed TV
- Sound System
- In-Ceiling Speakers
- Faux Fireplace
- Picture Rail Molding
- Ceiling Vent
- Laminate Flooring & Baseboard
Yes I know, it's a little over the top, but if you're going to spoil your girls you might as well do it right :-)
Rough breakdown of the costs:
8x8 concrete slab - $200
wood and internal trim - $200
electrical wiring and panel - $100
speaker wire and in wall speakers - $100
roof shingles and flashing - $150
drywall - I paid someone to hang and mud the drywall $400
tv mount and tv - $150
vintage light scounces- $80
foam panel insulation - $80
pergo floor - $120
custom sized windows - $200
see http://diymagicmirror.com for parts and costs for the magic mirror
Step 1: Plans and Framing
My Dad framed it in Oregon, took it apart, and then drove it down to my place in California where we assembled it together.
Step 2: Roofing
After the roof was on, the playhouse became really hot inside. I added a roof vent to let the hot air out which cooled things down nicely.
Step 3: Electrical and Audio/Video Wiring
I also pulled in structured wiring combo cable (one cable sheath with 2 CAT 5e, 2 COAX, and 2 Fibers), speaker wire, and a whole lot of wires (using thermostat wire) for the sensors for the Magic Mirror.
Step 4: The Magic Mirror
The full Instructable on the Magic Mirror is here . I also recently finished a software product version of the Magic Mirror at http://diymagicmirror.com
Step 5: TV and Sound System
I had a Nuvo Grand Concerto whole house audio system already in the main house and had an extra zone so I just needed to run speaker and Cat 5 to wire the Playhouse for sound. The Nuvo Grand Conerto is very nice, they run $3,500 & up retail but you can pick one up off eBay for $2K.
I picked up the in-wall ceiling speakers from www.hometech.com that weren't too expensive ($80) and sound pretty good. The speaker grills are paintable to blend in with the ceiling.
Step 6: Insulation and Drywall
The drywall was the one thing I had someone else do which I'm glad I did. I found a local guy who did it for $300.
Step 7: Lighting, Windows, and Door
Sylvania now makes a dimmable compact fluorescent bulb which you can see in the pictures, they work great.
Step 8: Floor, Picture Rail Molding, and Baseboard
Picture rail molding has a small gap behind it that lets you hang a hook and picture frame. You can't really see it in the photos but using a high sheen oil based paint makes the molding really pop in contrast to the flat water based paint on the walls.
Be sure also to sand the baseboard & give the top a nice rounded edge.
One big lesson learned on molding & baseboard: Spend the $10 on an angle finder toolangle finder tool. I didn't figure this out until the last few cuts unfortunately. Many corners aren't exactly 90 degrees so this will allow you to cut the exact angles needed with your miter saw.