Design ideas for a two-story backyard clubhouse?

I shared before about the clubhouse I built four months ago. Well, it’s now time to take this piece of kid “real estate” in the backyard to the next level. I originally designed this fort with an upstairs balcony, which has been really fun for the kids, but ultimately this design is not going to promote what the experts call P.E.L. (playhouse economic longevity). My new plan now is to build out an enclosed second story with shutters on all windows. This will help weather proof the clubhouse a bit more.

I have earmarked September 24-25 as my building days, and I would love to get your suggestions and tips for anything I might add to make this structure an amazing place for my two boys and neighborhood kids. I am open ears and I would appreciate any feedback. See the image below to get a general idea of what I envision and watch a video of the clubhouse as it is now here. Thank you.

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  1. Chuck Cunningham says

    Did you have to get a permit to build that? And is the structure anchored down? I would love plans…

    • says

      Hi Chuck. Thanks for reaching out. I drew the plans up on a napkin and then pulled the trigger, so unfortunately I don’t have plans to share. I did not pull a permit, though I imagine I would’ve maybe needed one (we sold that house, so we live somewhere else now (we disclosed a lack of permits)). The structure is not anchored down. It is so heavy though that it is not moving anywhere. It sits on concrete blocks for the foundation (much like a shed would). Keep me posted if you have any questions. Best wishes.

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