1 The model begins to take shape in phases to allow employees to view details.
1The model begins to take shape in phases to allow employees to view details.
2The final model, sans color, with dimension indicated for reference by carpenters. Dimensions were converted in the field to standard construction measurement.
3Color was applied to the model to allow its use in early publicity for the Red Cross and the raffle, as well as for soliciting donations of materials.
4An alternate view of the color model.
5The beginnings of construction. This truck load of wood eventually became a six foot by eight foot by ten foot playhouse.
6Carpenters begin to build a reinforced 4x4 lumber base for the playhouse. The base is over-engineered to prevent damage or warping in travel. Treated lumber is used for pieces in contact with the ground to prevent rot.
7Carpenters begin framing walls on the ground while painters begin priming sheeting. Painting took approximately half of the total hours invested in the project.
9The framing was completed per standing building practices, creating a very strong structure. The pictured balcony can easily hold several adults.
10A plumber roughs in PEX tubing for the water cannon.
11Sheeting, paint and battens have been installed. Note the red paint; it took 4 coats and additional spot touch-up to achieve the final finish. Also, an additional window was added in the back to let more light in.
12An electrician wires up rotating, flashing and headlights. For safety, it runs off of a low voltage battery secured under the truck's seat. A metered charging outlet uses a regular extension cord to recharge the battery when needed, and the lights are on a crank timer to prevent them being left on. The plumber has also crafted and installed the water cannon.
13The lights in action! The front red lights alternate.
14A view of the finished playhouse.
15The backside of the finished playhouse.
16An upper view, showing the balcony.
17A close up of the water cannon, powered by a standard garden hose.
18The playhouse, loaded on a trailer for delivery to the unveiling ceremony.