Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
For Christmas, we surprised Oliver with a playset for our backyard. Well, the popsicle stick version of it at least. It arrived in 4 boxes a few days before Christmas and we knew it would be a family effort to get this done. Not just with building the playset itself but with creating an entire play area for the playset to go.
In the back right corner of our property is the perfect location for a playset that will give it a treehouse feel. Added bonus: the area is shaded the majority of the day which will be amazing during the summer keeping the play area cool. At least as cool as you can get in the middle of Central Florida.
We “broke ground” a few weeks ago to start transforming this corner of the yard. What exactly are we doing? Since this corner is mostly shade and receives little sunlight, we’ve had the hardest time getting any grass to grow here. Basically only weeds survive in this spot.
Wanting a clean and comfortable place for Oliver to play, we decided to install turf in this corner with a border of rocks going between the fence and the turf and stone edging along the front. Here’s a very “professional”, hand-drawn look at what we’re aiming for! You will quickly see where this outdoor project is headed.
Here are the main materials we’re using:
This is only the beginning! We plan to add landscaping around the play area to warm it up a bit and add dimension. I also really want to stain the playset black. We’re going to see how we like the cedar at first and then decide.
The biggest question that we’ve been getting is why turf? We decided to go with turf for quite a few reasons.
I can’t wait to share the reveal of this outdoor space. Hopefully soon! I’ll also be sharing a turf install tutorial. We’re learning a lot with this project and if you want to follow along behind the scenes, come hang out with me over on Instagram!