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occasionalrant1356 karma

How long do these playhouses take to construct?

AwkwardMethod1406 karma

Anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months!

lFuhrer391 karma

On the topic of how long it takes, do people who purchase a playhouse from you ever get obnoxious and rude when they learn how long it’ll take?

E: should’ve worded this differently.

Do some of your clients act obnoxiously or rude when they learn of the wait time?

AwkwardMethod160 karma

For the most part no,..

bionicfeetgrl1343 karma

What sort of features do these houses have? Are we talking plumbing? I assume some sort of electricity for lightning....any temp control besides insulation?

AwkwardMethod2029 karma

Plumbing, power, fireplaces, AC, chandeliers, water cannons. You name it!

wanderwithpurpose916 karma

Water canons! I want that for my house! No more solicitors for me!

AwkwardMethod757 karma

A great deterrent and you can even have your kids man it for you!

neuromorph31 karma

What permits are required for these playhouses?

AwkwardMethod65 karma

It ranges from county to county. It really is an area that each building inspector doesn’t know how to classify

AwkwardMethod1050 karma

Around 300k, which I understand it a lot, but they got way more for their money than a lot of playgrounds get for the same price.

leechpeen853 karma

What is the best reaction a kid has had to seeing their new playhouse? Do you find celebrity kids to be desensitized to extravagant things like this, or do they get just as excited as any kid would?

AwkwardMethod1725 karma

Celebrity kids are just as excited. There really aren’t a ton of luxury products for kids. Kids of all income levels enjoy many of the same things but obviously our playhouses are on a whole different level. Their is a misconception that wealthy kids grow up to be bratty. I have seen absolutely no evidence of that. They have all been so sweet and gracious.

Edit- for typo

hotheat684 karma

Cool work! so do your playhouses need permitting like a regular building? And what's it like having a camera crew hangin around all the time? If my construction crew had a camera following us around, we'd be banned from the air by the first episode, haha.

AwkwardMethod741 karma

It really depends on each location, it’s a county by county basis.

Having a camera crew is cool and exhausting. Cool because they capture all the neat processes and lift the energy of the day, but frustrating because it slows work down like crazy.

We’ve had those days as well, but your crew usually has your back.

Kiora87500 karma

What has been the most ridiculous addition for a playhouse. Like a gold plated toilet seat or something???

AwkwardMethod761 karma

I’d better stay away from this question, it could get me into trouble with my client 🤣😂

Kiora87288 karma

Fair enough. I didn't think of that. I bet sometimes you've looked at the brief and been like "what the actual fuck" haha

AwkwardMethod623 karma

On the flip side, I love anything that is ridiculous because I think it is a great outlet for creative expression. My clients dream up things that I would never have thought of.

Kiora87168 karma

And then I imagine that sets of new ideas and just runs wild. Sweet gig mate, well done

AwkwardMethod163 karma

Thank you! Are you from Australia?

Kiora87271 karma

Kiwi mate. Its like aussies better cousin

AwkwardMethod162 karma

Nice bra! I lived in Australia for a few years and some of my buddies were from New Zealand.

Kiora8766 karma

You haven't done any gigs down here?

AwkwardMethod102 karma

Nah, I wish I did though! Maybe someday!

Oeklampadius1532362 karma

What is your favorite feature that you’ve added to a playhouse?

AwkwardMethod887 karma

A 200 ft zip line from the 3rd story of a Peter Pan themed playhouse was pretty awesome

memtiger416 karma

from the 3rd story

Haha oh wtf

AwkwardMethod113 karma

Check it out. 3 story playhouse

halite00112 karma

Well considering they were playhouses it probably maxed out at a full 4 ft ceilings.

AwkwardMethod39 karma

We are usually minimum of 6ft walls.

Jon_Snow_is_Jesus298 karma

Hey man that’s pretty dope. What’s the average square footage of these? I’m imaging you’re building like a club/pool house kinda building. I grew up in the burbs and I only remember kids having those terrible plastic huts.

Thanks for doing this post!

AwkwardMethod311 karma

They are anywhere from 80ft2 to 400ft2 so far!

Kwildber94 karma

Pictures of your work please?

AwkwardMethod286 karma

Check out my Instagram

Fancyliving228290 karma

Do you ever have to consult a structural engineer or other specialized expert for your designs? What was their reaction when they heard it was for a play house?

AwkwardMethod247 karma

We do! It depends on where it’s going and how crazy the build is.

NCSUGray90227 karma

I’m a structural engineer and I would love to work on one of these. I’d absolutely bill hourly instead of by square footage though, haha

AwkwardMethod219 karma

Where are you licensed? I’m always looking for good engineers.

juliaGoolia1145649 karma

I know a bunch of engineers in St. Louis! I work for an AV integrator that has branches throughout the US if you have any need for that line of work. Maybe a wave wall with LED tiles so they can watch movies? We can make it happen.

AwkwardMethod64 karma

What, what is this? Tell me more (Dm me so I don’t miss it) 🙏🏻

flysoup84242 karma

How elaborate are the designs? I can imagine they're basically guest houses for kids

AwkwardMethod366 karma

I’ve done some into the 300k range.. they are pretty legit.

flysoup84266 karma

Yeah, that's more than my house is worth

AwkwardMethod288 karma

Custom work adds up quick. Most of our cost is in labour to create each playhouse.

kronicnginntonic203 karma

Fellow Albertan here! First of all, I love your work! Why have you decided to continue to operate your business in Alberta when I assume somewhere like California would have a much better clientele?

AwkwardMethod400 karma

Alberta is a great place to own a business with low corporate tax rates. We also have a ton of great talent here. Being so close to the US boarder allows us to capitalize on exchange rates and Albertas lower wages and cost to have a shop.

iama_bad_person246 karma

I'm actually stunned that you're not just posting some PR mumbo jumbo and actually answering some of these questions. Good work.

AwkwardMethod64 karma

Hopefully I don’t say anything too stupid 😂

AwkwardMethod104 karma

Great questions btw.

NickyKarma164 karma

Was there ever a playhouse request that you had to turn down? And why?

AwkwardMethod534 karma

Yes. I had a guy contact me about building him a playhouse, but I learned that he acquired his wealth unethically so I said no thank you.

gutterandstars126 karma

How unethical ?

AwkwardMethod637 karma

Enough that I turned down his 200k job.

SophiaofPrussia81 karma

🙌 this makes me so happy, thank you

AwkwardMethod183 karma

It felt nice to tell him to take a hike.

mystiquetur141 karma

Ha you got me! What about pet houses? Ever done those? If so what’s the craziest/coolest one you’ve built?

AwkwardMethod284 karma

I have! The pet houses haven’t been too crazy but I did get to build one for Reza (Steph Curry’s boy 🐶)

CompetitiveProject4138 karma

Were there any playhouses with a theme straight out of Disney or any other big franchise where you had to do a ton of research to properly create? If so, what's the deepest dive you had to do?

AwkwardMethod198 karma

We built a wizard house, but that dive was pretty easy with my family being aspiring sorcerers 😉. You start to notice all of the magic that is created for movies and other productions pretty quickly when it’s your job to create.

zaidhabash134 karma

What are the disadvantages to this job?

AwkwardMethod353 karma

It’s sooooo hard to quote crazy buildings. I’ve lost a lot of money on some builds because of that.

Tahona112510 karma

Are you saying you operate firm fixed price? I'd figured you'd be cost plus like most home builders for the scale/custom work

AwkwardMethod56 karma

I am on a fixed firm price. I don’t like to give one price and surprise them with another. I’d rather take on the risk so I can learn how to be more efficient as a company. If I never had any risk there wouldn’t be any motivation to tighten the ship up.

Kiora87117 karma

Have you ever had a situation where the kid has just hated it and argued with their parents?

AwkwardMethod312 karma

Do my kids count? They think they’ve been ripped off with the playhouse they have and they definitely argue with me on the daily 😅🤣

AwkwardMethod121 karma

Ha ha! That would be horrible, but all the kids we dealt with were incredibly gracious to their parents and us.

Kiora8759 karma

That's awesome. I know I'd love a custom playhouse at 32 let alone as a little kid!

AwkwardMethod52 karma

Never too old!

jasony313194 karma

Is there any feature you’ve added that you’ve thought about putting into your own home?

AwkwardMethod239 karma

Oh ya! Secret doors are a must! A slide to the outside, for quick access to the yard. I also want to rock my chimney and add rappelling hooks for a built in climbing wall. Not to mention the outside of my house will look like a storybook home.

starsleeps87 karma

I know it's a stretch- but do you ever take on interns?

I'm studying engineering but have done art as a hobby since 5th grade, I've always wished I could combine the two. I'm a Junior with a 3.6 GPA, interned with NASA last summer, and would be happy to do some sketches/mock-ups for you to see that I'm serious.

AwkwardMethod86 karma

I’d love to look into doing that. DM me!

MouseleafTheFangirl78 karma

What's the most interesting/crazy playhouse you have built?

AwkwardMethod201 karma

I built a castle that sit atop of a mountain in the Rockies. It was ledgit.

bsshark69 karma

Have you ever done or thought about doing a charity playhouse for an hospital or something like that?

AwkwardMethod178 karma

We do those all of the time! We work with Make-A-Wish multiple times a year.

adeiner68 karma

Do you think these kids have a chance at a normal childhood? I feel bad for child stars, it seems like so many of their later in life issues are because of the constant exposure in their childhood :(

AwkwardMethod193 karma

I think being a child star is significantly different than growing up affluent. All of the kids have been just like any other kid that I know. They are spunky, sweet and sometimes they don’t listen.

It’s not as much about what kids have that makes them adapt to the world as much as it is the lessons they are taught. Honestly both my clients and their kids have been amazing to work with so far.

Illustrious_Squash64 karma

Do you remember the guy who designed your logo?

... that's me! Hope it's serving you guys well!

AwkwardMethod33 karma

Hey!! I do! DM me!

AwkwardMethod26 karma

And the logo is serving us well!! Nice work!

veracassidy52 karma

What happens when the kid grows up or doesnt want it anymore. Is it repurposed or scrapped?

AwkwardMethod54 karma

There really is only a few year gap when kids may not use it, then the grandkids start to come!

Cheerfordonut32 karma

Which celebrity was it? Can you name a few.

AwkwardMethod94 karma

Steph Curry, Jason Day, Alana De La Garza, Ali Landry, Ryan Zimmerman, among others (I have NDA’s with)

hspace834 karma

How do NDAs work? Their lawyers make you sign it after they accept your quote? Do you charge extra for that?

AwkwardMethod115 karma

You sign a non discloser before you even get to know or work with the client. Then you discuss, design and price it out for them.

Edit- I don’t charge extra for that.

kodyklein30 karma

Are you hiring? I'm in LA and work for a photo booth building sets for celebrity parties.

AwkwardMethod23 karma

That sounds cool! We are always hiring exceptional talent!

Norgeroff28 karma

What color is your tooth brush?

AwkwardMethod26 karma

Green and white

Sancho_Villa27 karma

I love the thought of being able to create new constantly and love your ethics when it comes to it.

What is one feature that your client ask for that you thought was the most creative and unexpectedly awesome?

What standard features do you include in your pitch that are almost always used in the final plans?

AwkwardMethod35 karma

A 200 ft zip line from a the 3rd story of a Peter-pan treehouse was pretty rad.

Sancho_Villa17 karma

Did....did you ride it?

AwkwardMethod15 karma

Oh ya I did! zip line!!!!!!!

NotABotStill24 karma

Do you construct them at the clients home or build them at your storefront with maybe some final assembly at the clients site? I would think some would be just too big to transport.

iamaDuck_23 karma

Not OP, but he builds them at his shop for the majority. He links an Imgur album of the building process in his warehouse and then a crane dropping the pieces into place for final assembly!

AwkwardMethod23 karma

You got it! Thanks for the help, I have a lot of questions rolling in 😂

demondor18 karma

I’ve seen you mention that you guys hook up power to the houses. How viable would solar panels be to make the playhouses self sufficient?

AwkwardMethod26 karma

I’ve wanted to do solar but I haven’t had the chance yet. It appears to be fairly straight forward.

Herthen990318 karma

We're you the guy I remember from dragons den where one of the dragons bought a playhouse from you on the spot?

AwkwardMethod11 karma

Ha! I was on there but I don’t remember them buying a playhouse on the spot 😅

garydagat18 karma

Ever consider taking your talent to the masses and create prefab kits sold online so the kids in middle America can also enjoy your creations?

AwkwardMethod19 karma

All of the time. Someday I will when I can afford the R&D required.

rixiy16 karma

Could you build just a regular adult-sized house but with all the secret rooms and slides and fairy-tale styling?

AwkwardMethod22 karma

I plan on doing that for my next home.

JessAnonyMoose8 karma

Sorry if this question has already been asked!

Do you do any commercial work? (Clinics, amusement centers, hospitals, etc?)

I run a teeny tiny therapy clinic for kiddos (speech, OT, literacy, feeding, etc) and am drooling at your insta. So much attention to detail and so so fun. Stuff like this makes therapy feel less scary and the kids actively want to come back. We did a sort of forest playground theme in our sensory gym but this beats the pants off of us! Beautiful work!!

AwkwardMethod16 karma

Yes!!!! OT is going to be a big part of what we do. We have some crazy cool projects for clinics. Check this clinic out! Occupational Therapy

Playisomemusik8 karma

Are you hiring a multi trade and talented fabricator?

AwkwardMethod8 karma

They are my favourite! Send us a resume!