Well, the holidays are upon us again. And in my workshop, it means 'Playhouses'. A good friend of mine and myself starting building these units about 3 years ago and have had really good success with them. However, we only really make them for the Christmas holidays. It may just as well become a sort of tradition.
Basically, these are little houses made out of MDF wood so they stay thin and lightweight. The side panels fold in towards the back to collapse the unit and make it store flat when it is not in use. This makes it easier to pick up and move from room to room and it also makes them easy to store under a bed or in a closet when they are in the way.
Every unit we have built over the years has been a unique design ranging anywhere from a red barn to a castle. A new addition that we added after the second year was the curtains. This year we introduced a mailbox door. Future units may include chalkboard writing surfaces inside so children can draw their own interior decorations with coloured chalk.
The reason that we only release these during the holiday season is that they make perfect and unique gifts for little ones. Something that they can truly call their own. It also keeps the units more special because they are not available all year round.
Currently, these units are only advertised on Kijiji in the Edmonton area as a local item. We've looked into shipping them but there isn't really a good and inexpensive shipping option for the unique shape. It's possible that in the future, we may build more than a few and make them available to more areas if we can find a reasonable and efficient shipping service.