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Hidden Storage contemporary kids

Hidden Storage

This playhouse provides a true retreat for kids, encouraging them to play outside and stay in touch with nature. Designed as part of a larger fundraising effort for the Housing Assistance Corporation, a lucky family purchased two playhouse raffle tickets. Those tickets not only won the playhouse, but also helped to raise over $50,000 for Cape Cod Kids who receive services through emergency shelters and housing programs.

Responsible green features make the playhouse good for the family and the environment. The structure is clad inside and out with rough-sawn spruce boards, which are naturally weather resistant. Rainwater is captured through integral roof gutters to be deposited in a catchment barrel. The attached succulent and herb garden can then be watered using the rainbarrel spigot.

An outdoor chaise for one or two provides a spot to relax, and is movable to follow the sun. A reclaimed sail has been repurposed to provide shade for the large south facing window in the summer. When opened, windows on both sides capture passing breezes and allow for passive cooling.

One gable end of the playhouse features hidden double storage shelves for toys and balls. The other gable end includes a climbing wall, recycled tires for a soft falling surface, and a hidden door that leads inside.

Storage cubbies offer easy access spaces for toys and games, while a chalkboard encourages drawing and writing. Crank lights and a crank radio use kid power to operate. The blue racer rocker, made of recycled milk bottles, offers fun yet durable seating. In the corner, a kid-height sliding side door guarantees an easy second exit at all times.

A ladder leads to the second floor loft area. Twin skylights provide daylighting and the ability to follow the evening stars with the telescope.

Overall, the combination of fun for the winning family, environmental sensitivity, and funds raised for the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod made this playhouse a success on many levels.

Architecture by ZeroEnergy Design
Construction by Cape Associates
Building Products by Shepley Wood Products
Photos by Roe Osborn

What Houzz contributors are saying:

The playful modern boxes repeat on the back in the same pattern as the front, and hold some secret storage space. Double storage shelves that hold balls and other equipment swing open. “This project was definitely a lot of fun,” Horowitz says. And for a good cause, too: More than $50,000 was raised for local children who receive services through emergency shelters and housing programs. Everything from the plants to the labor was donated by the design team and sponsors.Project team:ZeroEnergy DesignCape AssociatesShepley Wood Products Material and product sponsors:Fresh InteriorsAnderson CorporationVeluxSturgis Boat WorksSears Home CenterUpper Cape Tech

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dianegentry added this to dianegentry's ideas
16 hours ago
lovely outdoor ball storage.
colocousis added this to colocousis's Ideas
March 29, 2014
storage and colors
Mandy Whoolery Powell added this to Outside
March 25, 2014
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March 25, 2014
Ideas de almacenaje
fraida added this to fraida's ideas
March 25, 2014
toy storage
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March 24, 2014
kids play area
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March 17, 2014
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March 16, 2014
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March 12, 2014
in-door storage for backyard shed
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March 12, 2014
playhouse with toy storage doors
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March 12, 2014
easy storage in the door
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March 11, 2014
back of clubhouse
Shellie Eskdale added this to shellie_eskdale's ideas
March 11, 2014
the same pattern on the back as the front holds secret double storage shelves for balls etc.
delightful4 added this to outside
March 11, 2014
The playful modern boxes repeat on the back in the same pattern as the front, and hold some secret storage space. Double storage shelves that hold balls and other equipment swing open.
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March 11, 2014
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March 11, 2014
other side of outdoor house for kids
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March 11, 2014
Playhouse w/ample storage
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March 10, 2014
See Ideabook: Fun Meets Philanthropy in a Lively Playhouse
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March 10, 2014
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March 10, 2014
Hidden cupboards- love
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March 10, 2014
outside storage door
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March 10, 2014
ball storage
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March 10, 2014
storage / playhouse
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March 10, 2014
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March 9, 2014
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March 9, 2014
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March 9, 2014
Cool playhouse
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March 9, 2014
storage for toys and balls
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March 9, 2014
kids playhouse? left over materials?
artemis66 added this to GrantRd Landscaping
March 9, 2014
Outdoor Toy/Ball Storage doesn't have to be a full shed or even a full reach-in closet. This pantry door option is enough. If it gets overfull - it's probably time to purge.
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March 9, 2014
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March 9, 2014
Aww yeah...outdoor sports equipment storage ideas.
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March 9, 2014
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March 9, 2014
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March 9, 2014
oh my gosh... LOVE
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March 9, 2014
The playful modern boxes repeat on the back in the same pattern as the front, and hold some secret storage space. Double storage shelves that hold balls and other equipment swing open.
james67 added this to Calnova
March 9, 2014
Great idea for storage, both for home or garage
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March 9, 2014
Brilliant idea!!
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March 9, 2014
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March 9, 2014
Kathryn Lennon added this to House 2014
March 8, 2014
like the balls have a place to be organized
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March 8, 2014
Easily accessible storage room on the back of the pool house
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March 8, 2014
Garage ball storage
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March 7, 2014
Ball rack
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other angle
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March 6, 2014
Ball Storage
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March 5, 2014
Ball storage
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November 18, 2013
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September 28, 2013
ball storage
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September 26, 2013
Tree house
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September 15, 2013
Toy storage
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September 7, 2013
Good storage idea
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August 17, 2013
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August 4, 2013
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