- Grade Level: 1 and up
- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Overlook Press; Revised Updated edition (July 3, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585679062
- ISBN-13: 978-1585679065
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Housebuilding for Children 2nd ed: Step-By-Step Guides For Houses Children Can Build Themselves Paperback – July 3, 2007
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The houses are very basic, and definitely not intended to last very long. However, with a little research and/or know-how they are easy to modify and make more durable - an educational project in itself, though more adult involvement may be needed with inexperienced younger kids.
I, my husband and our 7 year old just built a version of the balloon frame house in this book. The framing went very well, though the size of nail recommended by the book split the firring strips every time, so we ended up pre-drilling every hole.
The book recommends making the walls for this and other projects out of a wallboard called homasote. Probably because it's easy for kids to saw. However it's also not all that strong for siding purposes, it soaks water and falls apart pretty quickly. We replaced it with sheet siding (we also considered treated plywood), and we also cut triangular pieces for the roof peaks (left open in the original - our weather isn't good enough for that). We made the house footprint 6x4 instead of 4x4 and are glad we did - 4x4 would have been pretty tiny inside! We're putting a tar paper and shingle roof on it as well, not homasote.
Despite all those caveats, I never would have tried to build a frame playhouse without this book, my kid has had a fantastic time working on it with us, and we all feel very confident about taking on more building and carpentry projects after this. So again, I think it's a good starting place, backed up with some extra research into building techniques and materials.
This one was perfect - simple, nonthreatening, and useful for teaching building skills to the kids. We decided we could use the other chapters to elaborate on their simple treehouse design.
My husband bought materials Saturday morning, and by Saturday evening our two kids were stomping on the sturdy platform. Sunday evening we had a treehouse. I know I could not say the same for any other treehouse book I had seen.
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With everybody so overly concerned about safety for our kids it is hard to find things for them to do that may help them learn something truly useful outside of technology. Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Melinda
When I was a kid this was basic knowledge. If our children are to survive, they need to know more of these skills. Technology yes - technology AND life skills - heck yes.Published on May 1, 2014 by numb3rs
My grandson opened the book and said "Wow." He is 9 years old and wants to know how to build a house. Apparently it was a hit. Thank you. Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by Carol French
This book gave great ideas to my three grandchildren. Am hoping to help with one of the small projects when I visit the next time.Published on January 11, 2014 by Janet Post