There is a certain amount of indulgence that can be expected for a first granddaughter. And if you're lucky enough to have Birmingham architect J. Edward Bailey as your grandfather, you would be delighted with this petite cottage that is a study in playful perfection.
With a footprint measuring barely 16 x 8 feet, this playhouse packs in some pretty cool amenities: two porches, a vaulted ceiling, cedar shake siding, and a fireplace. Openings on all four sides allow for cross ventilation. The windows and doors are completely open, although the original intent was to screen them along with the back porch. (Hanging out the windows was just too much fun!) While the playhouse is scaled perfectly for children, adults still find enough headroom inside after negotiating the doorway. Birch plywood covers the floors; beaded-board paneling on the walls adds warmth.