Hidden in the backyard of a Devonport home is this delightful cubby house complete with kitchen corner and bunk bed.
Artist Tina Frantzen created this playful space for her granddaughters (and named it after them too).
The view from the bunk looks over the sun-drenched play space. "As we have lived in our house for thirty two years and intend to stay here for ever," Tina reflected, "I built it with my great-grandchildren in mind as well! I enclosed a time capsule in the wall cavity for posterity – I definitely have a long term view for this little house."
Charming secret cottage meets functional play room. Tina's sons originally had a play house in the same spot that was made from an old car case. When her granddaughters came along Tina decided to create an updated hideaway for the girls.
who plays here?
Jess 6 and Kate 3 (Tina's granddaughters who visit regularly) in Auckland, New Zealand.
Tina decked the space out with bookshelves filled with books, a wee wooden table and chair set, a doll house and miniature kitchen corner.
Most of the materials were recycled, including leftover resources from the main house. The interior was made from recycled floorboards that had been donated and the windows and door were also recycled.
Jess and Kate busy with one of their favourite activities, dress-ups.
Although Tina had worked on her own house she enlisted the help of her nephew who taught her the principles of construction. This allowed her to be hands-on with the carpentry, including installation of the door and windows.
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Having had the pleasure of visiting this wee house, I must say the little kitchen was a delight to behold.
Tina says, "First of all decide the function of the house. For us it was a place for the girls to have fun and be creative in, for role play, dress-ups, drawing and making things. We didn’t have the space to provide a play house that catered for largely active play, with slides, ladders and rope swings. Our two will eventually have that at their own home. Each type of play house has completely different building requirements and degree of finishing. All children love a hideaway place and that can be achieved very simply with marine ply, much imagination and minimal cost."
Thanks so much Tina and family for sharing your space with Baby Space!