If your kids are like my children, then they probably play too much electronics. That’s why I love the Keep Out!: Build Your Own Backyard Clubhouse book (by Lee Mothes). As you can probably tell by the title, it’s a step-by-step guide for building a clubhouse for kids. There are plenty of books about building clubhouses, playhouses, sheds, and treehouses. But this book is a little different because it’s aimed at kids. The book provides instructions that most tweens and teenagers should be able to understand. There’s another nice thing about the book. Even though the target audience is kids, parents with little or no DIY experience can also use the ideas presented in the book to build playhouses for younger kids or tool sheds for themselves. Keep Out! Build Your Own Backyard Clubhouse (Storey Publishing) is currently available now for $13.99 on Amazon. A Kindle version is also available for $9.99.
The 224-page book is divided into three sections: Getting Ready to Build, Building a Classic Clubhouse, and The Advanced Clunbhouse. The first section only has two chapters. The two chapters cover the nine essential tools for build a clubhouse and basic techniques for safe building practices. This section also explains how to make plans and find materials for the structure. The author thinks kids might be able to find some of the materials in their own neighborhood.
The second section of the book is where the step-by-step kicks in. This section covers how to build the foundation and floor, framing the walls and roof, finishing, building it bigger and better, and how to decorate the clubhouse and surrounding area.
The third section of the book is for parents or older kids with DIY experience. The advanced clubhouse section explains how to build a better and bigger structure. While the second section explained how to build a basic 8′ x 6′ clubhouse, this section takes it to the next level by providing you with instructions on how to build a more permanent 8′ x 15′ structure.
About the Author
Lee Mothes is an artist and high school teacher who has fond memories of his own childhood clubhouse. He studied architectural design and has worked as a full-time carpenter, taught various hands-on carpentry courses, and built many small structures over the years. He lives in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
[Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for review purposes. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]