Designer: Tom Chute of Marre Design Group
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Homeowners’ request: A new home with kid-friendly features for nearby grandkids to enjoy.
Playtime: An under-the-stairs playhouse gives the homeowners’ grandkids a place to let their imaginations run wild. “It’s reminiscent of a cute little home with a white picket fence,” architect Tom Chute says. There’s toy storage inside, and a small door hidden around the corner allows the grandparents to access the playspace to vacuum more easily.
Other special features: Low-voltage LED lighting keeps head space clear and doesn’t get hot — no burn if one of the children touches a light.
Designer secret: “The addition of the flower box below the faux window really makes this detail pop,” Chute says. “The simple splash of color really brings the kids’ fort to life. As a final touch, the small section of picket fence makes the kids feel like the rec room area in front is like the front yard of their little hideaway, and invites playing both inside and out.”