A backyard playhouse can be a lasting, beautiful spot for children to play and use their own imaginations, socialize, have a great time, and enjoy having a retreat space of the very own. There are many different types of backyard playhouses that can suit nearly any budget and style specifications. Some of the most popular types of playhouses include prefabricated houses, playhouse kits, and tree houses. Themes for playhouses can run the gamut from storybook to the Old West, depending on preferences. Prefabricated backyard playhouses require the least work on the part of the buyer. These sets come ready-made, and may require little or no assembly. Plastic and resin playhouses for very small children are often available at large toy stores, and often contain a basic enclosed room and small features, such as a table and chairs, or window boxes for planting flowers. On the luxury end, prefabricated backyard playhouses can grow truly stupendous, and may feature custom paint, multiple stories, and extreme features such as slides, moats, and secret rooms.
For the family that wishes to put a little work into creating their backyard playhouse, the answer may be a playhouse kit. These kits are available from some toy or building supply stores, and can also be ordered online from many different suppliers. Kits usually contain pre-cut pieces and all of the fixtures necessary to build the structure. Unlike prefab houses, it will be up to the buyer to fully assemble the structure. Using a kit may be preferable over building from scratch, since all the necessary items, plus instructions, are included.