A sod-covered found-wood playhouse in a woody British backyard #Decor & Decorating#Families#backyard#Europe#kids#playhouses#roofs#UK January 9 | Guest post by J0_M0 Come along with me and experience the tale of the time J0_M0 decided to build his kids a log playhouse in the English countryside, using only found wood and purchasing only a bag of nails. -Cat This is the finished product, but it took some time to get here. All the logs come from the surrounding trees and the sawn timber is old pallets and scrap from neighbours. The only money I spent was on a couple of bags of nails. July 2007: I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great to have a log cabin down there? I could finish that by the end of the summer.' August 2007: Starting to look like something. A pile of logs? This is what happens when you pull a log from the bottom of the pile. September 2007 The stairs are made from an old door. October 2007: I started filling in the frame of the front wall with split logs. Horizontal on the inside and vertical on the outside. Mid-October and the roof is nowhere near finished. The days were getting short and I'd run out of timber. It would have been nice to have the roof on. February 2008 brings a really heavy frost. -4 degrees Celsius. May. I finished off the back wall leaving a gap for a door to the right. Got to build some steps round the back at some point. Need to let some light in when the roof is on, so added two sticky-out, pointy skylights. June. Summer arrives and I get the first bits of the roof on. This is going to take a lot of pallets to cover. That floor panelling on the skylight looks a bit ugly, but it won't be seen when there is grass growing up there. Starting to look like a house now. Those planks on the roof went on pretty quick. It took me a lot longer to break them apart from the palette. I threw that plastic sheet up there to keep the rain off while I carried on chopping and sawing inside. This is the view from the back in August 2008. A couple of blue tarpaulins on the roof came from Poundland, the rest are skip finds and fertilizer sacks. It will look fine once it's covered in grass. Still not worked that out yet. Compost thrown over the plastic sheeting makes a huge difference. The odd clump of grass shoved in at random. I guess it will take until next year for grass to take hold. Grass growing on the roof. It's only taken me a year to get to this! Side wall just about finished. February 2009. April, and the grass is looking fine. I started looking for wood to make a door. What a weird shape it will have to be. August. I cut the grass on the roof two weeks ago and it's grown back quick. Somehow the shape of the doorway looks even stranger from the inside. December 2010. Winter has come early to the Shire. 50cm of snow and the roof is still holding up. I thought I'd spend a few weeks building a log house for the kids to play in. If only I'd thought about it a bit harder — this took over two years! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by J0_M0 Part man, part machine. Underneath, it's a hyper-alloy combat chassis, microprocessor-controlled, fully armoured. Very tough. http://www.flickr.com/people/j0_m0/ PREVIOUS Tricks for storing holiday decorations so you can actually use them again NEXT Being pregnant is changing my body and I LOVE IT Show/Hide comments [ 14 ] OMG I want this so bad! Best playhouse EVER! 4 agree Reply This is…. AWESOME! It looks like a wee hobbit house! 😀 I want one!! 4 agree Reply this is absolutely brilliant. i particularly love the process photos – thanks for including so many of them so we can really get a look at how it came together. truly amazing. 4 agree Reply So lovely. I wonder, do your kids play in it a lot? I imagine they already did when it was still a work in progress. I'd like to play in it myself! 1 agrees Reply LOVE THIS! 1 agrees Reply This is very sweet looking. I like it a lot. I am sure I would have loved it as a child. It seems a bit dark inside, but my real question is HOW did the grass get cut exactly? 5 agree Reply This is amazing, and your kids will definitely remember this and probably want to do the same thing for their children 1 agrees Reply This is quite possible my most favorite thing EVER. I want a grown-up-sized one for me 1 agrees Reply I'm curious, did you have concrete plans for the materials and layout? or is this fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants? 1 agrees Reply I want to live in that. 1 agrees Reply Thank you for posting the process in addition to the final product. It makes me think we might be able to accomplish something like this in our own back yard. 2 agree Reply I think i'd be very happy living in this beautiful little hibbit house, the simple life for me! 1 agrees Reply gorgeous! I am terribly envious of your kids, wld like to live there myself! 1 agrees Reply I love it's ad-hoc vibe. I have plans to build something similar in my garden but I think my wife would be worried about teh roof stability. With the compost and grass on top there must be quite a bit of wieght up there supported by those randon branches. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via e-mail No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.