Did you have a playhouse as a kid? If you did, it was probably one of your favorite places. You could go play teacher, pretend you were an astronaut or cook up some really delicious plastic food. It was also probably no bigger than 5x5 feet, and made of plastic.
This father from Highland, Michigan, went above and beyond what anyone would ever expect from your average children's playhouse. This was probably made easier by the fact that he's president of ATB Building, Inc. "I don’t want to be just another contractor. My Goal is to be the Best!" he says.
Well, we're pretty sure he has the playhouse market on lock, at the very least. He started another company, Spoiled Rotten Homes, after completing his first project for his daughters. He plans to specialize in making elaborate playhouses for children, just like this one.
His daughters Avery, 5, and Violet, 2, helped their dad in the construction of the house. Avery helped with tasks like sanding the playhouse's crown molding. Just your average father/daughter quality time activities.
"That was the most rewarding part of it," Boyd said of spending quality time with his daughters. "It's worth every penny I've spent and it's gonna be there forever." The playhouse stands at about 24 feet, and it has 8 foot high ceilings.
The girls also helped choose the color scheme of their playhouse. Their favorite color both being purple, it makes sense that that's the shade that dominates the house. Avery chose the dark shade while Violet chose the, well, violet.
"I'm not any different than any other father out there, this just happens to be what I do," Boyd said in an interview. "I see a lot of fathers do awesome things for their kids and I never really did that for them." Well, you did now, Adam. You did now.
"As I kept building it just snowballed, because I kept thinking how I wanted them to be proud of something I did and then here we are," he continued. Boyd plans to add a zip line to the house. It already boasts a rock wall, rope ladder, swings, and a slide.
"I just became a kid for a while. What would I want to do in a playhouse? And how would I want to use it? I just got a little bit crazy, I guess," he said. Needless to say, he did a pretty good job of figuring out what little kids would want in a playhouse.
There are no electronic devices allowed inside the playhouse. "This is a place to use your imagination and to play with toys and to be a kid," he said. Boyd's wife is a teacher and uses the playhouse as an area to teacher her daughters their letters and numbers, using a large chalkboard wall he installed.
The project took a calendar year to create from start to finish. Boyd worked full time during his job at his construction company, then came home and worked on the playhouse, often late into the night. He also worked on the project on weekends.
"It never started off as a plan to get more business or a publicity stunt, it was just something I wanted to do for my daughters. And that fact that it did take off is pretty overwhelming," he concluded. Someone go give that man a father of the year award.