Everyone needs a clubhouse! You can build your own backyard shelter, retreat, or clubhouse even if you have never built anything before. The clubhouse above was built in 1959 by three kids aged 8, 9 and 11, with no money or help from grownups! I know; I was the 11-year-old who took this picture. I'm sharing here what I have learned since then.
Readers of all ages are welcome to comment with their own ideas, pictures or stories.
To help you on your way, I've written a book titled "Keep Out! Build Your Own Backyard Clubhouse", which is available through bookstores or at Amazon.com . Many of the items I post here are also in the book.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Clubhouses are for Grownups Too!

If you built a clubhouse when you were a kid, you can do it again! A small hideaway in your back yard can be built for very little cash, especially if you consider using recycled windows, doors and perhaps siding and flooring. If it is 10 by 12 feet (120 square feet) or less on the ground, you can probably (but not always) build it without a building permit.