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Playhouses You Can Build: Indoor and Backyard Designs (Weekend Project Book Series) Paperback – March 1, 1999

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Packed with diagrams, tips and easy-to-follow instructions, this manual provides detailed instructions for constructing 14 different models of houses. -- Stacie Gentile, The Calgary Sun, May 20, 2000

About the Author

David Stiles is a designer'/builder and together, with his wife Jeanie, has authored fifteen books, including Sheds: The Do-It-Yourself Guide, Revised Edition (Firefly 1998), The Treehouse Book (which won the ALA Notable Children's Book Award), and Cabins (Firefly 2001). A graduate of the Pratt Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, David is the winner of two awards from the New York Planning Commission for his designs for The Playground for All Children.

David and Jeanie's articles have appeared in several magazines and newspapers including House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Home Mechanix, Rebecca's Gardens, and The New York Times. They have appeared on numerous television programs, including Lifetime Television Our Home and the Discovery Channel's Home Matters shows. They divide their time between New York City and East Hampton, N.Y. where they live in a barn which they renovated themselves.

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Product Details

  • Series: Weekend Project Book Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552093158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552093153
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Someone gave this book to my daughter for her birthday and we decided to build the traditional playhouse that is on the cover. Although it took almost a month of weekends, it was well worth the time! She and her friends spend all their play dates in it and we always know where they are. This looks like the most advanced project in the book and I am a weekend carpenter, but didn't have any trouble following the plans. We are working on the "Spook House" for Halloween and the whole family is having fun adding their imput! Highly recommend this book for anyone with any building experience.
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All winter long I had promised my kids that I would build them a treehouse in the spring. So, when the flowers started popping up, and they hadn't forgotten, I had to do something. I had once seen a treehouse web page that mentioned David Stiles other out of print book, "Tree House Book". I couldn't track that down, so I bought this one instead.
This book only had one treehouse design, but it was just right for my situation. (A reasonably straight tree, with the fort built around it). What's very nice about the book is that David goes into detail on _ALL_ the tools and materials you will need, including a detailed shopping list. As I'm a woodworking novice, this helped tremendously. I was able to go to my local lumberyard with the book, and I got everything I needed in one trip.
The treehouse went up just as the book stated, with only a few minor customizations.

If you'ld like to see the finished product, I've put together a web page:
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- Robert Gusic
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By A Customer on October 3, 1999
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I hoped that this book would help me build a playhouse for my young daughter. Although it appears to be very detailed, it is not for the novice woodworker. There was no diagram to show how the walls were to be built and I was left to my own devices to figure out how to do it (which, being a novice, I was unable to do). I telephoned the author about this problem who admitted that the diagram was not in the book but he could not explain to me how to do what I wanted. I gave up and bought a Norm Abrams videotape and plans.
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Stiles' book is a wonderful compendium of playhouse/play structure projects. It includes "plans" for everything from a 20 minute cardboard house to a 20+ hour gingerbread playhouse. I put plans in quotes because if you are looking for truly detailed plans and a step-by-step how to guide this book is not it. It has basic architectural type drawings, some with details, some not. Nonetheless it is still an excellent guide to planning, designing and building children's play areas. The general construction tips and wood/fastener introductory chapters will be worth the price of the book for novices. All in all, this book will help you take a great step towards your project.
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Looked for weeks for a playhouse to build for my daughter. The book was easy to follow for a beginner. Excellent ideas and drawings. Only wished my own house looked that nice. The Stiles know how to put out a great book. I have since bought another great Stiles book.
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A great book! Well written and illustrated for the novice woodworker, or anyone for that matter. You don't have to be a woodsmith to build the projects in this book. Simple, straight forward plans and illustrations help you to build the playhouse of your children's dreams. If I can do it, anyone can. A weekend warrior like myself with very little carpentry experience built 2 of the projects in this book and they turned out great! Can't wait to buy the Stiles' next book.
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Please don't buy this book unless you are comfortable reading vague plans and are an experienced carpenter. For all the other "Weekenders" like me who appreciate step-by-step instruction with diagrams/pictures, detailed information on techniques for their projects, discussion regarding suitable materials and tips on finishing the project (i.e. painting, etc.) PLEASE choose a book more suited to your skill level. ... I sense impending doom if I attempt to build his cover playhouse which, by the way, seems rather small at only 6'x6'. I think I will join the ranks and order Norm Abrams plans and video as well.
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The whole family has taken advantage of this book. David and Jeanie Stiles have a basic low-cost design for a playhouse made from a refrigerator carton which can be done in a couple of hours. At the other end of the spectrum, we made a traditional playhouse with gingerbread moldings that is the envy of the neighborhood. This is a terrific family book, one that has enabled us to work and play together, creating something that the kids really love. The plans and how-to instructions are clearly written. We highly recommend.
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