I built this outdoor play area for my kids this past summer. The area under that portion of the deck was always messy and muddy and so I wanted to make use of it. I built the deck and anchored it with lag bolts to the deck supports. On the one side I used rubber mulch and on the other there is play sand. I dug holes in various locations and filled with gravel to allow for drainage under the sand and mulch. For the awning I used plain cedar shingles. I added a shower that is just regular 1/2" metal pipe with a hose adaptor. The shower wall and fence are just old pallets that I had for a while, cut to size, which was pretty much random but they came out great. I added a misting system under the awning that works great, the kids love the cool mist on the hot days. Overall, a heavy job ripping up the grass, moving the wood, gravel, stones, sand and mulch, but a fun deck build and even better experience doing this with my kids by my side!
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Treated 4x4"s, 2x4"s, 2x6"s and 1x6" deck boards.
Required Skill Level