Magazine article Sunset

A Back-Yard Bungalow of Her Own

Magazine article Sunset

A Back-Yard Bungalow of Her Own

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The arrival of a second child caused a space squeeze for Mary and Marc Appleton and their seven-year-old daughter, Kate. But the problem inspired a very creative solution.

Marc Appleton, a Southern California architect, explains what happened: "Our two-bedroom house was roomy enough for us and Kate. But when son David arrived, the second bedroom got crowded and Kate's private turf invaded. We couldn't afford to add a bedroom, so we built a sort of garden house for Kate instead."

Kate's delightful new 8- by 10-foot playhouse stands on a concrete pad beside the back lawn, just 10 steps from the master bedroom. Wired and insulated, it cost $2,000 in 1984 and, with a few friends' help, took Appleton six weekends to build.

The little house is a place Kate can call her own. She still sleeps in the main house, but she keeps all her toys and books in the playhouse and can "camp out" in its loft bed whenever she wants.

To build the structure, Appleton used 2-by-3 studs clad with 3/8-inch plywood on the exterior and 1/4-inch plywood on the interior. …

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