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.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Play with Ideas

It's never too early (or too late) to play with ideas for your clubhouse. If you want a clubhouse, draw a picture of it. It doesn't matter how crude or crazy the drawing is, but doing it gets your brain focused - and it's fun!
When I was about ten or eleven, I drew some fantasy clubhouses...
a combination clubhouse-treehouse,

a backyard clubhouse with garden-hose privileges,

and this beach clubhouse made of driftwood.

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