Mother makes outdoor playhouse for kids from scratch, saves thousands: “I had nothing growing up”

Amy Christie

An inspired mother managed to build an outdoor playhouse for her two kids. She did everything from scratch after refusing to buy a new one for $6,650.

The results were great, and her kids couldn’t be more pleased.

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Gemma Bertolotto, 37, is a primary school teacher who lives in Aberdeenshire in Scotland. The mother initially intended to buy a playhouse for her kids, Stefano and Sofia, but the prices shocked her, according to The Epoch Times.

There was no way she would pay thousands of dollars on a playhouse, so she set out to find an alternative solution.

The mother wouldn’t accept defeat, and she was determined her kids should have the chance to play outside. So, she got the idea of building their playhouse from scratch. She did it herself and saved a lot of money in the process. Gemma bought scarp wood for her project, and she searched for bargain materials.

“I had nothing like that growing up. I lived in a high-rise flat. I am now in the countryside and have acres of land. I want my children to have wonderful memories and to play outdoors in Scottish weather,” Gemma shared with the outlet.

Gemma spent about $1,300 and managed to build a fully insulated playhouse. The 10-by-3-by-4-meter playhouse also includes a kitchen and a living space.

And since she couldn’t afford to buy everything at once, the mother built the house in separate stages. She needed a year to finish, in between looking after the kids and her home and sorting out materials from an online marketplace for great deals. She put her whole heart into this DIY project, and it was successful.

“I didn’t work with a plan. I made up the design as I advanced. I spent a year, but it was only because I got pregnant and had to put it on hold. And then I could only work on it when my daughter napped,” Gemma explained about her wonderful project.

Gemma was very lucky with the glass windows and doors as she got them for free, and she used leftover paint to decorate the interior. And her kids loved it as soon as they saw it. The DIY playhouse is unique, and every tiny corner is filled with love.

“My son says it’s his cafe. They want to try a sleepover in there one night,” Gemma said.

The DIY initiative was a welcome relief from the pressure of staying all the time indoors, and the mother and kids had a great time in their garden.

Many people ask Gemma where to buy such a playhouse, and they “gasp” as soon as they find out she did it all herself.

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