Playhouse Type And Roof Size
The Kitty 5X4 Playhouse is the perfect first playhouse for a little girl. It just oozes charm with its classic, Wendy house style and it is just that perfect size for a little girl where they have plenty of space to play, but at the same time this is not going to take over the whole garden. We really love the design of this and we are sure that the kids will get a real kick out having their own little house to call their own. Don’t be surprised if they start insisting on eating their tea in here or tell you they cannot come in for their bath because they have to tidy up their house. At right around 4 feet deep and just under 5 feet wide this is what we would class as a perfect size for younger children, the apex roof gives them plenty of headroom so they are going to be able to play inside of here for a few years as they grow.
We are big fans of solid and well made apex roofs here and for the price, we really could not be any more pleased with the roof on here. The apex design will make sure there is never any water sitting on the top and as it slopes to the sides it also prevents water from pooling right at the front door. There is a lovely little veranda that sticks out over the front of the playhouse and this is something that we think just looks adorable. The roof is made with solid sheet boarding and has a felt covering which will keep the insides dry and also help keep the costs of this down.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
Considering the price, we were actually a little surprised that they were able to use tongue and groove shiplap cladding that is 12 mm thick. This is very solid cladding and as you can see from the pictures it does have a lovely look to it. Even though this is a very pretty playhouse the thickness of the cladding will ensure it can take some rough play from the kids.
In one of the pictures of this playhouse, you can clearly see the impressive and very solid frame that is going to keep all this together. With its double framed corners this really is one very robust and secure playhouse. This means your child can throw one heck of a wild teddy bear party inside of here and the playhouse is going to be able to take it.
Tongue and groove boarding is what they have used for the floor and we really like this as first of all it can take a lot of weight and more importantly a lot of jumping around and other types of crazy antics. Also it looks fantastic and has a very pleasing design which we feel helps add to the overall charm of the playhouse. Now in the pictures there is some decking shown outside of the playhouse that is right underneath the veranda, but this is not actually included with the playhouse so please keep that in mind when ordering.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The whitewood pine that this playhouse is made from will be given a dip treatment so it will be protected for the short term, but you will want to give it a good coating of wood treatment in order to make sure the wood stays free from rot. We would also highly recommend that you give it a fresh coating once a year as this will really keep it looking amazing for as long as you child can fit inside.
The Kitty 5X4 Playhouse comes with a one year manufacturer’s guarantee which is what would expected to see.
Doors And Windows
How can you not love that adorable door? This is one of the wider doors that we have seen on a playhouse which is a good thing because is there is one thing we know it is that kids love to drag a ton of stuff into playhouses and this good sized door is going to make that easy for them and you when you realise they have taken some of your expensive ornaments to decorate their own house and you need to get in there and take them back. Impressively made hinges keep this door in place and will prevent sagging and there is this very stylish door handle that makes opening the door very easy.
On the door there is a large window which is accompanied by another large window on the front. These are very well made windows that are made with styrene to prevent there being broken glass. The window beside the door can be opened so you can let in fresh air as well as a lot of natural light.
Security And Privacy
This is secure little playhouse and actually despite the lack of a lock, we are very impressed with how secure it actually is. Now we would not really recommend adding a lock on here as that would prevent the kids from being able to come and go as they please, but even without a locking mechanism, with the door closed this is one very secure playhouse.
We know that the windows are large and as you can see they let you look into the playhouse very well, but as they are the only windows on here there is a fair bit of privacy provided with this playhouse. Privacy is not something the kids are going to care about, but you adults will love being able to have a little peak inside and watch them play. Also if the kids do decide that they are sick of the grownups watching them play, they could always pick some curtains to cover the windows up.
Customisation Options And Extras
This playhouse will be delivered to you unpainted so if you did want to customise it you could give it a new colour just like the one pictured or maybe even a different colour. One thing we will advise you on though is to paint the walls before you install the playhouse. You will have a much easier time painting then when they are flat on the ground than you will when it is fully erected.
The only extra you may want to consider is buying some cheap wood or even some paving stones if you want to give the playhouse a little decking area like in the picture. This to be honest is not necessary, but if you like the way this looks then it is something to consider.
This is a low cost playhouse, but the quality is still impressive. Solid materials have been used here and for just over £200, we really could not ask for any more.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
This playhouse will need to have a coating of wood treatment to keep the timber rot free, but these materials will last many years and will actually most probably still be standing strong even after your child is too big to fit inside.
This is one of the smaller playhouses on the market, but that is because this is made for younger children. To them this place is going to seem like a palace.
Ease of Installation 8/10
This is a two person job and you will have to follow the instructions very closely, you may have to make the odd little change to a piece of wood here and there, but nothing major. Even someone with very modest DIY skills will not have too hard a time with this.
As a first playhouse this is just perfect and even though it is cheap, they have still managed to use very good materials. We are sure that both you and the child are going to be very happy with this purchase.
Final Thoughts: We really do love the design of the Kitty 5X4 Playhouse. They have just made this so cute that it really is going to be a dream house for the child and also something you are happy to have standing in your garden. We feel that the size of this makes it an ideal first playhouse and that they will get many years of enjoyment out of it thanks to the solid design and also the high apex roof which will allow them to fit inside comfortably even as the grow. If a low priced playhouse is what you are looking for then this one here is well worth some serious consideration.
Prices around: £236
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