Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house

Mini Anchorage Living — a child’s backyard dream house

All summer my husband has been the quintessential handyman — ladder leaning against the house, body splayed across the roof, a hammer hanging from his Carhartts, screws sticking out of his mouth. Only this house is 10 square feet and lives in our back yard.

Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house

Last year my husband, Stephen, became my father’s apprentice and took up woodworking with unbridled gusto. We are slowly replacing our particle-board furniture with hardwood heirlooms. He has thoroughly impressed every one of our family and friends. I’ve even made him his own hashtag (#hubbycraft, if you’re interested in seeing some of his projects on Instagram).

My parents recently replaced their deck and Stephen diligently ran every discarded board through a planer. Twenty-five-year-old faded, mossy cedar planks turned out to be healthy, sturdy wood perfect for reuse.

In May, Stephen started working on the plans for our son Jack’s playhouse. He used the repurposed deck planks for the frame and the miniature wrap-around porch. He spent every non-working and sleeping moment perfecting the playhouse from the screened vents under the roof to the retractable rope ladder leading up to the loft.

Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house

At the end of July we were finally ready for the playhousewarming party. All of Jack’s buddies gathered for food, treasure hunts, pool splashing and a chance to break in the new house.

Stephen estimates he spent about $500 on the house — a worthwhile investment for years of yard fun.

Thanks to the interior design expertise of Fernanda Conrad. She was an immense help in staging the playhouse. Check out some of her regular-sized designs here.

Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house
The toy grill was a $60 Craigslist score. The little lantern is solar powered and flickers in the night. The cheerful doormat was just $12 at Fred Meyer.

Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house
Patriotic rocking chair was a $12 S.P.C.A. Thrift Shop find and the garden gnome — well, I acquired him during my college years at a crazy hootenanny.
Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house
This $2 garage sale toy mailbox has been the highlight of Jack’s summer. We write him notes and stick our junk mail in it, much to his delight.

Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house

Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house
A $17 Costco rug really ties the room together. Jack picked out the fabric for his curtains all on his own.
Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house
Bacon and eggs handcrafted by my best friend Kelly.
Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house
The writing slate belonged to Jack’s grandma Lucy when she was a child. Marquee letter was a housewarming gift.

Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house

Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house
The kitchen was a $7 find at Salvation Army (normally $150).
Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house
We splurged on a $30 vintage Fisher Price record player but saved on the 10-cent chair from Bishop’s Attic.
Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house
Beanbag chair was on sale at Target for $30 and the cheerful papel picado flags were purchased on a recent vacation to Mexico. The hand-crochet blanket was a Value Village find.
Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house
Teddybears passed down from Aunt Farra
Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house
The woodworker chilling on the fold-down loft.

Tiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream houseTiny Anchorage Living: a backyard dream house

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3 thoughts on “Mini Anchorage Living — a child’s backyard dream house”

  1. Natasha
    What a completely charming house and such an engaging blog post. It sounds like Stephen had a lot of fun making this house and you furnished it to a tee. Did you know that my father been built small buildings in the backyards of both houses we lived in? They were not for us kids however, but for himself, studios where he could get away from the family to practice, compose, meditate or otherwise work on self-improvement. Thanks for sharing. We look forward to finally meeting Jack in Mexico at the end of next year.
    Love, Jenny

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