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  • Quarantine Project Ba Kamo? Couple Builds Playhouse Using Recycled Wood For Their Kids

    They were lucky to have the materials on hand — and the extra time to finish it!
    by Kitty Elicay .
Quarantine Project Ba Kamo? Couple Builds Playhouse Using Recycled Wood For Their Kids
PHOTO BY courtesy of Rose Ann Bautista
  • Despite the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Filipinos still know to look at the brighter side of things. Moms are enjoying more me-time, the kids are having fun beating the heat, and dads finally have time to work on the DIY projects they’ve been planning!

    The quarantine projects are definitely bigger and bolder. Take it from couple Michael and Rose Ann Bautista who decided to build a playhouse for their two sons, Matthew and Timothy! The two did not have a background on design or construction, but they were able to execute the ideas they had in mind.

    “Habang nag-b-browse ako sa Facebook one night, may nakita akong nag-share ng mga ideas for playhouse. Sinend ko kay hubby at pumayag siya,” Rose Ann tells SmartParenting.com.ph in an interview through Facebook Messenger. “That same night, naghanap na rin ako ng ideas.”

    Mom Rose Ann with her husband, Michael, and sons Matthew, 3, and Timothy, 1 and 7 months old.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Rose Ann Bautista
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    The kids were looking forward to the playhouse since Day 1. Look at Matteo trying the house on for size!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Rose Ann Bautista

    The two were lucky because they already had the materials on hand. Michael’s parents recently had their old house demolished, so they had pieces of wood lying around. They also had tables custom-made back in January 2020 and still had leftover paint to use for the playhouse.

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    Rose Ann shares that it took them seven days to finish the house since they only worked on it for half a day everyday. They finished it in time for Easter Sunday last month.

    Thanks to Michael, the playhouse slowly became beautiful. Look, there's even a plant box by the window! 
    PHOTO BY COURTESY OF ROSE ANN BAUTISTA

    Michael was in charge of the handiwork, from sawing the wood and nailing the planks together. “Binuo po muna namin ‘yung pinaka-brace (frame) ng playhouse tapos nilapat na lang ‘yung mga kahoy. Madali na lang kasi ‘yung kahoy (planks) ilalapat na lang siya,” Rose Ann explains.

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    The playhouse has two rooms. One is a kitchen and the other room is filled with the boys' toys!
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    The finished product! The sign reads 'Mat & Mot Tambayan,' from their sons' nicknames.
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    The couple, who runs a photo studio and a party needs and souvenirs business, says they were used to making projects like birthday decorations but it was their first time to do a project of this scale. Still, they had fun doing it. The kids were really excited to see the finished product, too!

    According to Rose Ann, the two boys are making the most of their playhouse during the quarantine period. "Every day, part na po ng routine nila pag gising is tumakbo papunta sa playhouse," she says.

    The playhouse has inspired her sons (born two years apart and sharing the same birthday!) to be more organized especially when it comes to their toys, too! “Marami silang toys na pakalat-kalat kaya rin naisip ko na if may playhouse sila, doon na lang lahat,” the mom shares.

    The kitchen is complete with stoves and a sink. And it looks like the playroom has a small stool for the kids so they can study in it as well!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Rose Ann Bautista
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    Feeling inspired? Click here and check out this dollhouse a mom made for her daughter using old and unwanted toys!

    Share your DIY projects with us — we’d love to feature them on our website! Message us on our Facebook page or email us at smartparentingsubmissions@gmail.com with the subject "DIY project."

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