Find Your Kids’ Dream Cubby House!

 

Cubby houses have become some of the trendiest outdoor fixtures for families with children, and with good reason! They provide all the exciting opportunities of tree houses, but in a much safer and controlled environment! Cubby houses have seen a rise in popularity ever since the Australian authorities set new laws into motion regarding trees, tree houses, and what could or could not be done on a tree (these regulations vary from place to place, and can depend on the tree you plan on using, etc.).

 

With so many options for cubby houses out there, choosing the ideal one to suit your safety requirements, as well as your children’s personalities, styles and ideas of fun can be confusing. This article will outline some of the main choices you have to make regarding cubby houses, and will set you on the right track to finding the cubby house of your kids’ dreams!

 

The Three Main Types of Cubby Houses

 

  1. The DIY Option:

These are cubby houses that have been manufactured with consideration to children’s safety as well as enjoyment. They are purchased unassembled, which means that some work will have to go into the assembly process. Depending on how old your children are, the cubby house assembly process can be a fun project to undergo together!

 

  1. The Ready-To-Go Option:

Like DIY cubby houses, these cubby houses have been manufactured to cater to children’s enjoyment and safety needs. Unlike DIY cubby houses however, ready-to-go cubby houses have already been assembled (or at least partially assembled) by their manufacturers. This is a great option if you do not have the time or skills necessary to assemble one on your own.

 

  1. Custom Made Cubby Houses:

If you or your children already have something very specific in mind and cannot find it ready made, a custom made cubby houses Sydney NSW may be the way to go. A specialist will be able to take your specific instructions and design into consideration, while still employing the safety guidelines necessary to build a stable and durable cubby house.

 

The Style and Design Options

 

  1. Size:

Cubby houses come in a wide variety of sizes; your choice of cubby house will depend on how old your children are, as well as how much space you have available in your backyard. On average, cubby houses go between 3 square meters to roughly 9 square meters. You can also choose from various elevated cubby houses (the highest of which go up to 1.5 meters off the ground).

 

  1. Style:

Almost all cubby houses have doors, windows, walls and floors; many also have verandas, steps and ladders. There are countless of options regarding actual style and design though, particularly when it comes to specific themes and motifs (anything from princesses’ castles to pirate ships).

 

The Costs

As far as pricing goes, cubby houses usually come in a wide price range, usually ranging from $850 to $2600. As with most products and fixtures, custom made cubby houses can be on the higher side of the price scale. The more elaborate, themed cubby houses can also cost more than standard cubby houses.

Cubby houses can be fantastic playground fixtures for your children, that allow them to explore their imaginations, and can be an integral part of their learning and development. When chosen wisely, they can also become attractive backyard features that will add not only aesthetic appeal, but also value, to your home!

Envisioning Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

 

If you’re a home owner with  a passion for outdoor entertaining and love to enjoy the summer weather in your garden, an outdoor kitchen can do wonders for your home! Hosting barbecues and pizza parties at an outdoor kitchen can make all the difference to the atmosphere and mood of the party. If you would like an outdoor kitchen but are not sure you have the landscaping/designing know-how to pull it off, hiring a professional to do the work for you and bring your ideas to life is a great way of ensuring you get something aesthetically pleasing and suitable. Before you call in the experts, here are a few ideas you could consider:

 

  1. Consider your Landscape

Before anything else, consider where you would want to build the outdoor kitchen. Think about whether there is enough room for it in your backyard, whether you would prefer it as an extension of your house, where in your landscaping design it would look best, etc. Ideally, the kitchen should be smoothly integrated with the rest of your landscape and not seem like a random fixture that is out of place with everything else.

If the kitchen is not connected to your house, consider adding creatively designed walkways and paths. If you have a perfectly planned garden, think about how the kitchen could be made to fit in with it; if there isn’t any way to make the kitchen fit into your garden, you may want to consider making slight changes to your garden design.

Outdoor Kitchens

 

  1. Choose a Theme

Once you’ve decided on the location, it’s time to consider the theme of your outdoor kitchen. It’s important to consider the theme before the actual equipment you might like to include because ideally, you want all your equipment to be in a similar theme or follow a particular colour scheme – purchasing items without having a clear theme in mind could result in many items having to be returned or replaced!

There are endless possibilities with themes and colour schemes, although you may want to make sure they fit in with the rest of your house and garden design! Laid back, rustic outdoor kitchens are a popular trend; these usually require a modest investment and can look absolutely fantastic when done right! More modern, high-end outdoor kitchens and gourmet equipment are also popular and easy to maintain.

 

  1. Decide on a Layout

After choosing a theme, think about what layout would work best with it. Try to envision what an ideal event at the outdoor kitchen might be like and what kind of layout would support such an event best. For example, if you’re looking for an outdoor kitchen that will be able to accommodate a large family and many children, having a more open space that allows for freer movement would be ideal. Consider what seating arrangement you would like to have, as well as how close or far away you would like various equipment from the seating area.

 

  1. Select your Equipment and Furniture

Now that you’ve envisioned your outdoor kitchen exactly as you would like it to be, it’s time to stock up on the items and equipment you would like to include, and choose their colour and style according to your theme of choice! If you’re going for a more luxurious experience, try to select items that you may find at an outdoor restaurant area. If you would like to create a cosy feel, large soft sofas and low coffee tables could do the trick!

 

Use these four points as a guideline to set your plans for the perfect outdoor kitchen into motion! When planned and designed correctly, an outdoor kitchen can provide endless joy and comfort, as well as a convenient and fun alternative to eating and entertaining indoors!