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Playset integrated into backyard landscape

Posted by rtwilliams 6 (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 4, 12 at 19:04

Does anyone have pictures of a wood playset that looks integrated into the backyard landscape that looks nice?

We have a large playset to build but I want it to look nice not just a rectangle area in the corner.

If anyone has pictures I would love to see them!

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RE: Playset integrated into backyard landscape

Hope this helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: Integrated Playsets

RE: Playset integrated into backyard landscape

Having once had such a playset, I'd actually advise against integrating it, except in a very particular way. That way would be so that when the playset is gone, it is slated to be replaced with something that will integrate just as well or better (say, a pergola or garden shed), leave an intentional open, empty area of lawn or paving (negative space, in design-speak), or be replaced with another temporary amenity aimed at teenagers (say, an above-ground pool, or basketball hoop).

In other words, design beyond the playset. Design your yard without it for use by adults or teenagers. Now put the playset in as a temporary feature.

Trust me, the playset years pass fast. We didn't even totally finish ours before the kids were done with it. Not to be discouraging or anything :-) (we're just not good at finishing things).

Karin L

RE: Playset integrated into backyard landscape

one reason why playstructures are challenging to integrate into the garden is because they require a substantial amount of clear 'fall room' around the structure for safety's sake.

Some folks plant a hedge around the play area to create a separate 'room' in the garden. This works well especially when the hedge reaches a helght to screen out the view of scattered toys or provides privacy when the kids get a little older yet still want a 'hang out' place.

Attached is a sheet showing several different playstructure integrations.

From May 30, 2012

RE: Playset integrated into backyard landscape

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I run daycare out of my home, so a playset will be in my yard for at least another 10 - 15 years! I have the set and the rubber mulch ready for us to install. We hope to get started on the install in the next few weekends.

deviant-deziner - our playset is like the one you posted in the bottom right photo. Its a monster and I guess there is no way to hide it! I like the idea of planting a low hedge to hide some of the toys from the street and house view. This will also help us keep the rubber mulch in the playset area. We might even try to add a bike path for riding toys.

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