What I Did On My (end of) Summer Vacation

I have just returned from a week long vacation to cleanse my palette of the summer workathon.

What did I do? Vacation in Maine? Relax on the Cape? Hike the many trails here in the Berkshires?


With the help of my very talented carpenter father, I built a shed for storage with a playhouse for the child on top. Behold!

Here is a view of the shed door side:

Here is the child, surveying her domain from on high:


And here she is relaxing with a little light reading:

So there it is. It was fun and exhausting and I feel like I’ve done something with my time.

For my next vacation, however, I’m going somewhere and doing nothing. I swear.


21 Responses to What I Did On My (end of) Summer Vacation

  1. TWBernard says:

    Yeah, sure, make the rest of us Slacker Dads look bad why don’tcha?

    I’d say my daughter should be jealous of your daughter, but then I realize that playhouse is nicer than some apartments I’ve lived in, and I realize that %$#@, I’m jealous of your daughter. And then I realize how pathetic that is, and I’m filled with self-loathing.

    So bravo, sir. Well done.

  2. Robin says:

    Excellent reading for Morgan. Ethan’s been delving into ‘the Economist’ as of late.

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  5. Kara says:

    Any chance you have plans for this? This is exactly what I was looking to build, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it! Nice work.

  6. mountainleaf says:

    Per Kara’s question… Ditto that

    And how much in materials?

  7. Brian says:

    Ditto on plans. Thanks

  8. letopowell says:

    Are you selling the plans?

  9. Georgia says:

    Great shed/playhouse! Did you put it on a concrete slab or stilts? Also, if you don’t have or want to share the plans, could you please provide the dimensions? Thank you.

  10. Chris says:

    I like your shed playhouse …. Where did you get your plans …. I’m interested in doing something like that!

    Nice work!

  11. Nikki says:

    This is just what I want to do in my backyard! Are you willing to share the plans? This is great!

  12. Klay says:

    Anyone have any luck finding any decent plans for a playhouse on top of a shed?

  13. Klay says:

    Anyone have any luck finding any decent plans for a playhouse on top of a shed? I have been looking everywhere!!!

  14. Chris Paul says:

    What are the dimensions and how did you waterproof the 2nd floor?

  15. Ioana says:

    Did anyone find the dimensions and a plan? I would be interested in building a similar one.

  16. jorge marcano says:

    I would be interested on plans. Are you selling then.

  17. Stacey says:

    Also interested in purchasing the plans

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  19. Sarah Mcpherren says:

    Did you use plans for this? Thankbu

  20. Jenna Hornibrook says:

    I was wondering if you by any chance have the design plan/materials needed & measurements. I would appreciate them very much.

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