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New South Wales mother, 30, creates EPIC garden playhouse for her daughter with staircase and slide

Stay-at-home mum, 30, creates an incredible lifelike cubby for her toddler – complete with a staircase, slide and paintwork that matches the family house

  • Sami and Dale van Dijk created an epic play area for their daughter Zara
  • The couple transformed two $199 Kmart cubby houses during lockdown
  • They built a raised deck for the cubbies in the garden of their north NSW house
  • They joined them with timber and painted the outside to match the family home
  • The project took two months to complete and cost $2,585
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

New South Wales mum Sami van Dijk and her two-year-old daughter, Zara

A mother spent lockdown creating an epic garden playhouse for her two-year-old daughter, complete with a staircase, slide and stylish paintwork that matches the family home.

Sami van Dijk, 30, lives with her husband Dale and their two children on the New South Wales north coast.

With Sami vulnerable to COVID-19 as a result of immunosuppressant medication for kidney disease, the couple were forced to self-isolate from early March and used the downtime to build an elaborate outdoor space to keep their youngest, Zara, entertained.

‘My granddad built my sister and I a cubby when we where little and it was the greatest thing. I just wanted our daughter to have something special and built with love,’ Sami told Daily Mail Australia.

The epic $2,585 playhouse on a raised decking built by New South Wales couple Sami and Dale van Dijk for their two-year-old daughter, Zara

The epic $2,585 playhouse on a raised decking built by New South Wales couple Sami and Dale van Dijk for their two-year-old daughter, Zara

Two months and $2,585 later, the little girl is ‘absolutely ecstatic’ with her new playhouse which her mother says she runs to every chance she gets.  

‘If you don’t let her outside she goes out the dog door and takes herself,’ Sami said.

‘She could play out there for hours without getting bored which was our ultimate goal.’

The house is actually two $199 Kmart cubbies joined together, which gives Zara and her friends ample space to explore and play games. 

The couple built a raised deck complete with a white picket balustrade in the back garden of their Belmont home to lift the playhouse high off the ground and accommodate a sandpit, which they plan to add later this year.

Sami kitted the inside with children's toys from Kmart, including this $89 play kitchen, $10 clock and $25 leopard print pink sofa

Sami kitted the inside with children’s toys from Kmart, including this $89 play kitchen, $10 clock and $25 leopard print pink sofa

The paintwork done with leftover colours from a recent renovation, so that Zara's cubby would match the exterior of the family home

The paintwork done with leftover colours from a recent renovation, so that Zara’s cubby would match the exterior of the family home

They fitted a small staircase on the right side and a $130 slide from Bunnings on the left, a perfect addition for Zara who loves playing in the park.

They boarded the back windows with strips of wood and painted the outside with colours leftover from a recent renovation to match Zara’s cubby to the exterior of the family home.

Dale fitted a sheet of metal from a local hardware store over the roof for insulation, to keep the playhouse warm and dry during the winter.

Sami kitted the inside with children’s toys from Kmart, including an $89 play kitchen, a $10 clock and a $25 pink leopard print sofa.

She fixed the windows with $2 handles from Bunnings and decorated the outside with $25 succulent plants. 

The two houses joined together provide plenty of space for little girls to play

The two houses joined together provide plenty of space for little girls to play

The final touch was a custom door mat emblazoned with the words 'Zara's Cubby', which she bought from interiors website Twigz Creations for $12

The final touch was a custom door mat emblazoned with the words ‘Zara’s Cubby’, which she bought from interiors website Twigz Creations for $12

Cost of a little girl’s dream house 

 Bunnings roof trim – $40

Bunnings decking, balustrade, stair materials and timber to make the windows etc. – $1,400 

Bunnings perspex sheets – $100

Bunnings window knobs – $2 each

Bunnings vinyl urban flooring planks – $60

Bunnings slide – $130

Bunnings telescope – $23.50

Bunnings binoculars – $19.95

Bunnings play phone – $18.90

Bunnings plastic handles – $9.95

 

 Bunnings door bell – $26.98

Bunnings house numbers- $10

Kmart cubby x2 – $199 each 

Kmart kid’s play kitchen – $89

Kmart kitchen accessories – $40

Kmart pink lounge chair – $25

Kmart clock – $10

Kmart wall shelf – $18

Succulent plants – $25

Custom door mat – $12

Metal roof – $120

 

 Total cost: $2,584.28

The final touch was a custom door mat emblazoned with the words ‘Zara’s Cubby’, which she bought from interiors website Twigz Creations for $12.

Parents raved about the cubby after Sami posted photos in an interiors group on Facebook, with one mum asking if she could come over and build a similar one for her little girls.

‘This is the best I’ve ever seen – getting my husband to pick up materials now!’ said another.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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