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For an extra room, they came up with a playhouse-bunkhouse.

For an extra room, they came up with a playhouse-bunkhouse Part farmhouse, part playhouse, and part bunkhouse, this 96-square-foot structure is tiny but versatile. With seven active grandchildren, the owner wanted an extra room that would function primarily as an outpost for all the cousins but could also be used--in a pinch--for guest overflow.

To make sure the new outbuilding resembled her turn-of-the-century farmhouse, the owner asked designer-builder Ron Vaillancourt of Santa Cruz, California, to study its details carefully. He did so, and the result looks like a pint-size offspring of the original house.

Matching the farmhouse's exterior trim, Vaillancourt nailed 1-by-12 siding to the 2-by-4 frame, then lapped the vertical seams with 2-inch-wide battens. A gabled roof, a short porch extension, and even the wooden casement windows (which were bought secondhand, all mimic features of the bigger house.

Inside, a sleeping loft with a wooden rail bridges about half of the 8- by 12-foot interior. A foam mattress and sleeping bags make it possible on summer nights to bed down three grandchildren in the loft. The rustic lack of electric light, heat, and running water makes spending the night at Granny's all the more exciting.
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Date:Mar 1, 1988
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