The tall and very spacious 14 x 6 Max Axi Playhouse is one of the crown jewels in the Axi line of playhouses. With its crooked and high tower design, this is one of the most eye catching playhouses there is. Inside there is a whole lot of room for them to use, making this an ideal playhouse if you have a few kids or if your child always have a few friends over. A high, but safe, ladder is on the left side of the playhouse so they can make their way to the large decking area. Opposite this there is a long and fast slide that is going to be a lot of fun. Incredibly there is even more to this playhouse than that as there is a large sandpit that sits underneath.
Made to be unique in its looks, this playhouse has also been built so that it will last many years. The framing for the whole structure is nice, thick and chunky which makes this a very robust structure, even that gorgeous, tongue and groove shiplap cladding is very strong as it is an impressive 15 mm thick. With a very cool looking, apex/pent roof hybrid and a solid floor both in and outside the playhouse, this really is one of the most impressively made playhouses we have seen in some time.
What we rate
Is very tall
Kids are going to love the high ladder and fast slide
The roof has a very unique design
The whole crazy look of the playhouse is really cool
Features plenty of windows
What we slate
Maybe a little bit too high for very young children
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Ease of Installation8/10
Value for Money8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
This crooked, almost Tim Burton type of design is something that we have seen a few times from Axi and while it may look like a building that was used in The Nightmare Before Christmas or even Alice In Wonderland it has just so much charm that it really is one of the most impressive playhouses you will ever see. They clearly wanted to make a playhouse that looks different and the 14 x 6 Max Axi Playhouse is certainly very different. This is a large playhouse and also a high one, the actual base size of the playhouse is, 5 feet 10 inches in the depth department and 6 feet 10 inches of width this extra room is as a result of the extra section that the playhouse has on the right hand size. The whole structure will require a large garden as it is just over 14 feet wide and a little under 6 feet deep. It is also very high as we mentioned before, at its highest point the playhouse stands at a very impressive, 9 feet 4 inches with the platform being, 3 feet 9 inches off the floor.
We really like the ladder that is on this playhouse. It is quite high so boys and girls will love scaling this over and over again. It is made with these very thick rungs so climbing it will be easy. The decking area is quite long, but it is also very safe thanks to there being a railing along the side. The slide is one of the longest we have seen and we have no doubts that the kids are going to love this. Interestingly at the very top of the slide is a small wooden bar to stop them from falling down the slide while they are playing on the decking. While this is there as a safety measure, we are sure the kids will use it to throw themselves down the slide at an even greater speed. Under the playhouse is a large sandpit which is sure to get a lot of use during the summer months.
The roof on this playhouse is kind of two in one and we know that it sounds and looks weird, but it works very well with the style of the house. First of all there is a high apex roof that is made with wood. This has a great look, sticks out over the decking and it even has a fake chimney on it. Now to the right of this there is another, pent style roof that is on the extra part of the playhouse, again this is made with wood and we love how well it goes with the rest of the playhouse.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
We are sure the cladding on the front of the playhouse caught your eye and no you are not seeing things it is in fact at an angle whereas all the rest is horizontal. It is just another wacky design on this playhouse and we love it. At 15 mm thick, the tongue and groove shiplap cladding is going to stop rain getting into the playhouse and it is also thick enough that it can take a bit of a beating off the kids as well.
With the frame being planed smooth and 38 mm thick, Axi have really given this playhouse a set of bones that are very strong and will keep the playhouse standing sturdy for many, many years. It ensures that the playhouse can handle wrestling matches from the boys and Frozen dance parties from the girls.
We really like how thick the flooring is in the playhouse and on the decking as well. It makes sure the kids can have a fun time and also put a whole lot of toys and even some furniture in here as well. If you look closely at the pictures, you can see how solid the base that is supporting the floor is.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
A full coating of wood treatment should be applied within a week of installation. We know many people who have put this off until the next weekend, but the next weekend never comes and before they know it, rot has set in. Just one coat a year is all the maintenance you will have to do in order to keep this rot free.
The 14 x 6 Max Axi Playhouse comes with what we feel is a very generous, five year manufacturer’s guarantee. We doubt you will have to use it, but at least it is there.
Doors And Windows
The crooked looking door really does stand out in a very positive way and we think that due to it being close to the centre of the playhouse it makes its stand out even more. We just love this door for not just how tall and wide it is, but because of how fun it looks as well. It even has a little window on it so the kids can look out and decide if they want to answer the door.
There are windows all over this playhouse so there is always going to be plenty of natural light inside. All of the windows which can be opened do so with these strong magnets. This makes them shut securely, but it also makes them be easy to open. Anti shatter acrylic is used instead of glass which was a smart and safe design choice. The front of the playhouse has three windows which includes the one on the door. One of these is fixed and the other is smaller, but can be opened. The sides and the back of the playhouse have a large double opening window so there will be plenty of fresh air getting in the playhouse which if the kids leave their ham sandwiches or hot dogs in here for a few weeks will be a good thing.
Security And Privacy
With this being quite high and thanks to the door and the windows closing quite firmly, we are actually very surprised at how secure this playhouse is. Security is not something we really look for when reviewing a playhouse, but this one here is more secure than most which is a nice added bonus.
Anything that looks as awesome as this is always going to get a lot of attention so your kids better get used to people wanting to look at their playhouse when they come over. This is not a big deal and we are sure the children will be more than happy to show off their playhouse and also tell you how it is better than your own home.
Customisation Options And Extras
If you wanted to customise the playhouse, you could do this with some bright wood treatment. This way you treat the wood and also help add to the playhouse’s wackiness.
Many extras can be added to this playhouse and we are going to start with one that is pretty amazing and that is the solar kit. Yes that is right, you can actually put a solar panel on this playhouse so they can keep their iPad charged and not have to stop watching Netflix. This does cost £74.95, but we feel that is quite reasonable. If you want to make the outside a little more pretty then you can add a flower box that goes under one of the windows or on the decking at a cost of £34.95. A good sized chalk board which can be placed inside is available for £29.95. if you want to make sure people know, exactly, whose house this is then there is a name tag you can get to put on the outside this will cost an extra £29.95. Lastly is their anchor kit which when you consider the size of the playhouse and the fact it has a sandpit is not necessary, but it is there for a price of £74.95 if you want it.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
We really do not have anything bad to say about the quality of this playhouse, really Axi have done an incredible job and have made sure this is high quality in every regard.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
The kids are going to be having fun with this for many years. The materials used will keep this a strong and secure structure and you will just have to give it the occasional coat of wood treatment to keep the wood rot free.
This is huge on the inside and even the decking area gives them a lot of room to play, plus you have the sandpit underneath. There is just so much for them to do with this playhouse that it really is amazing.
Ease of Installation8/10
This is big and high so it is going to be a little tricky for you and your friend than you bribed with chocolate to help. Instructions are included so just do what they say and try not to rush it.
Value for Money8/10
This is over a thousand pounds, but because of its size and the way it is made this could be the only playhouse you ever have to buy.
Final Thoughts: The high and impressive looking, 14 x 6 Max Axi Playhouse really has blown us away. We love everything about this playhouse from the sandpit underneath to the clever use of two different roofs on the top. The kids will love the crazy style of it and the features like the ladder, sandpit and slide will ensure that they never get bored. It is also very well made, so well made that this should last their whole childhood and if they have younger siblings then they will be able to use it also. All these thing make this a playhouse that we feel is worth saving up for and is certainly something you need to strongly consider.