- (September 13, 2004) Unless you want to keep this sandbox IN your house, you have to have a covered patio, or sheltered area to keep it under. The lid is NOT airtight, or in anyway able to seal out rainwater, water from a sprinkler, bugs, dirt etc. One light sprinkle and stagnant water stays in the sand, and the only way to get it out is to vacuum out the surface water and let it air dry for a few days at the least. Too high maintenance for a mom. So the only purpose I can see for the lid is to keep cats from using it as a bathroom. My one year old was able to lift the lid, so it wont keep little ones out. After 6 months, the scooper on the end just kind of cracked, splintered and fell apart, seemed like a
- (July 22, 2004) Our daughter loves to play in the house. The phone should however have a cord on it or hook better on the base, I am sure it will be lost soon since it constantly falls off. It is nice and sturdy and one of the better looking houses we have looked at.
- (February 19, 2005) This piece of junk let me down the first time I took it on a camping trip. I had to come home two days early because the door zipper design includes a flap that routinely gets caught in the zipper unless you are extremely careful with it. It got so caught that I couldn't get it loose and had to cut the zipper in order to get into the tent. Heavy rain was called for that night, so I had to come home. I threw it in the dumpster because I didn't want to infuriate myself any further begging Dick's or Columbia for the refund I should have rightfully gotten. The entire experience with this tent was BAD. I don't suggest you get one.
- (09/16/2013) I bought this for my 15 month old son who absolutely loves it as I was building it he was inside it even my 6 year old soon to be 7 daughter loves it as they never out of it so i must say well worth the buy thanks b&q
- (09/10/2013) Good little wooden house simple to put together took two of us a morning. Spacious inside and very cute.
- (08/28/2013) My mum bought us this playhouse as a gift, as we're getting our garden sorted and usable for our children to play out in. We thought it'd be a nice, safe area for them to sit inside and also provide space to store their toys overnight/over winter. Don't get me wrong, the finished product is good: for what it cost the overall quality and finish is good, it feels sturdy enough and looks attractive. Building it, however, was a nightmare. It took two of us, my mum and I, a few hours over several days to complete because it was so fiddly. The instructions were difficult to read and follow because they were on several pages that didn't seem to follow a particular order; we had to search through them to go from one step to the next. The diagrams were too small to easily follow and in parts didn't seem to make sense. There were no pre-drilled holes which made the task of fastening it together take much longer than it should. The roof panels seemed odd in that they were made of one long piece of chip-board and a shorter piece to make up the length. It would have been easier if it was just one piece. And then we had to saw a chunk out of the batons that overlapped the front in the middle: why was this not done in the factory? The tacs that hold on the roofing felt were not long enough to be of any use so we had to buy more. The door was too big for its hole so would not close until we sanded it down enough on the leading edge. Again, this should have been done in the factory. The window panels were not pre-fitted and were incredibly fiddly. We ended up cracking the panels accidentally when trying to knock the tiny tacks into a very small edging strip holding them in. At the front of the playhouse there are two decorative picket-fences (for want of a better word) which were difficult to screw on, again because there were no pre-drilled holes and also because the space between the wall and the first prop was so small we struggled to get in with the screwdriver. On the whole, the playhouse is OK, but it could have been better designed in order to make construction easier. If you buy it, be prepared for a nightmare time whilst building it. Set aside a full afternoon at least. It is a 2 person job, perhaps even a third pair of hands would be useful. And search online for the instructions, enlarge and print them out in the right order, stapling them together. This will prevent you getting muddled up and half the pages blowing off down the garden half way through your project :)