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, December 22, 2012

How Do I Start?

Have you ever wanted to build something big enough to be inside of?  A private, quiet place where you could hang out with a friend, or read by yourself, or store things you didn't want your brother (or little sister) to find? If you're a grownup, maybe it's a place to sew or paint, or grow bonzai, or just to sit and rest out just out of reach of needy family members.

This sounds like your own backyard clubhouse or private retreat!

If you've had the desire, then why not build it? Perhaps you've asked yourself:

Me...build something?
OK, so I'll need tools, right? 
Where can I get the stuff to build it with?
Where would I build it?
Will my parents, or the town I live in, even let me?
How would I put it together?

We'll go over all of these questions and more in the next several postings!

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