REAL ESTATE 2020EDITION
DO IT YOURSELF
Budget-friendly guide to playscapes for the home
BUILDA BACKYARD PLAYGROUND BY BRIAN PERDUE AND DESIGNED BY KARA NORDSTROM
With families spending more time at home, turn a backyard into a playground. Try these simple do-it-yourself playground ideas that can be built on a budget. Two of the three need only a small amount of space.
Hire a professional While many chain stores sell playground sets, these stores specialize in playgrounds and oer installation. All have indoor or outdoor showrooms. 1. CENTEX PLAYSCAPES AUSTIN 2013 CR 108, Hutto Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun. 512-431-2627 www.centexplayscapes.com 130 TOLL N
POOL NOODLE OBSTACLE COURSE
Equipment needed: at least 15 pool noodles, popsicle sticks, duct tape Description: This versatile DIY feature can be built with a quick trip to the dollar store. It can also be erected and
dismantled in a just a few minutes. Use popsicle sticks to secure noodles in the ground and duct tape to secure noodle rings. Noodles can be shaped into a series of arches (to crawl under), hurdles (to jump over), rings (to step through),
vertical noodles (to slalom through while running), a ring toss and more. Pro tip: Give your child a sketchpad and ask him or her to design new obstacles/ challenges for the noodle course.
ARCHES TO CRAWL UNDER
HURDLES TO JUMP OVER
RINGS TO STEP THROUGH
VERTICAL NOODLES TO SLALOM THROUGH WHILE RUNNING
2. RAINBOW PLAY SYSTEMS OF TEXAS 10624 N. RR 620, Austin
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon. 512-218-9275 www.rpsoftexas.com
3. RAINBOW PLAY SYSTEMS OF TEXAS 15524 S. I-35, Austin
TOY CAR TRACKRING TOSS
DOME TENT SANDBOX
35 GRAND AVE. PKWY.
Equipment needed: 4-by- 8-foot piece of plywood, green outdoor carpet, scissors, glue, Play Tape, wooden pegs, paint, 12-
Equipment needed: two- to three-person dome tent, 50-pound bags of play sand (10 minimum) Description: Try this variation on a playground feature that has entertained children for generations. Pitch the tent and ll with 6-12 inches of play sand. The rain y will help keep the sand dry, while the tent’s netting will help keep insects and animals out of the sand. Pro tip: String lights inside and it can double as a nighttime fort.
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon. 512-251-9292 www.rpsoftexas.com N
15 inches of jute rope Description: Create a race car track or a network of streets by cutting out 2-inch-wide roads
4. TEXAS BACKYARD STRUCTURES NORTH CENTRAL 15718 N. I-35, Austin Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun. 512-989-9494 www.texasbackyardstructures.com 35
GRAND AVE. PKWY.
through the carpet. Then glue the carpet onto the wood and run the Play Tape along where the roads should go. To add variety, cut out other features and color accordingly, such as a blue pond, or glue features, such as buildings and trees, onto the carpet. Pro tip: Use the other side to create a dierent car track—or another game altogether, such as a ring toss. Paint the board and glue wooden pegs, then use a piece of jute rope and glue the ends together to form a ring. The peg board can also double as a ball drop.
SOURCES: PBS.ORG, RAISINGDRAGONS.COMCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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