Our Backyard is Transforming

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We did it. We finally bought a playset for the backyard.

If you’ve been around for the last year or so we’ve done a lot of talking about playsets. We’ve done a boat load of research. We’ve ordered catalogs. We’ve reviewed DVDs. We’ve visited local distributors. We’ve read reviews and we’ve even checked out playsets in neighorhood backyards.

And after all of that we never ordered one. The summer got so hot and the costs for the playsets were so high.

Then I came across this Cedar Summit Play Set at Costco a few weeks ago and I couldn’t resist. We never researched this brand and this style though. All that time last year down the drain because we bought this one without further hesitation!

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The price was right. The Spring season is just starting (still several months away from ATL too hot weather). And it was in stock and ready for assembly. Unfortunately it didn’t come with an assembly option so we were on our own.

I helped carry the six boxes of wood and materials to the backyard and complained a lot while doing so. It was very heavy. And by very, I mean very, very heavy. So I did the only logical thing and called in a favor to the neighbors (thanks Kevin!) and bribed him with beer, margaritas and grilled steaks for dinner. It worked and the guys started assembling this giant playset in perfect 73 degree weather.

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The guys worked hard all day while the three of us kept the lemonade and chips and salsa flowing.

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We had several supervisors offering suggestions throughout the day and asking over and over and over again if it was almost done.

The instruction book is 90+ pages with 60+ steps to complete. It clearly states it takes 2-3 people and 10-12 hours plus another 2 people and 2-3 hours to assemble the slide.

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We are now on about hour 15+ or so with 1.5 men (Kevin helped day 1, but Jim was solo day 2).

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We’re still operating with 4 supervisors though so we’ve got that covered. I’m sure that’s been extremely helpful to daddy while assembling it.

Mommy’s been disagreeing with every potential location it was going to be placed.

Ryan touching every tool and asking a million times “Daddy? Are you almost done

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yet?” or “Daddy? What is this for? Where does this go? When are you building the slide? When can I play on it? Where is the door going? Does the picnic bench go inside here? Are you almost done daddy?”

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And Owen right behind Ryan asking the same exact questions even though he just heard the answers himself when Ryan asked.

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Don’t forget Delta. She’s been chillin in the backyard offering her supervision too.

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I know daddy has enjoyed all the company and all the conversations. Who wouldn’t?

So after day 2 and 15+ hours, the house portion is assembled.

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We (and by we I mean Jim) still has to assemble and install the slide and then build out the swings. It’s definitely getting closer to being done though. Only about 8-10 hours more to go. They definitely lied when they stated 10-12 hours.

But isn’t it cool?? I just love it. Not necessarily the location of it, but you win some and lose some. This is better than where the two guys originally placed it. And where I wanted it would have required regrading the backyard to make it level because I’m told we’re at about a 15% angle in most places in our backyard. Minor details.

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Comments

  1. That is SUCH a cool playset! I’m jealous!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      Isn’t it fun?! I love it!! It’s big and takes up most of our yard, but the smiles it brings are priceless.

  2. Oh my gosh, this is so overwhelming to me… you need an entire construction crew just to put it together!!!!!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      That isn’t a joke. You really do. It was very overwhelming and took many more hours to put together than the box said it would 😉

      • Typical Suburban Family says:

        I should add that it wasn’t necessarily “difficult” to put together. The instructions were very clear and the pieces were very well organized in the 6 different boxes this set came in. It was mainly just time intensive.

  3. I am looking for a playset right now. How much was it, do you think you could share?

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      It was $999 at Costco. Most playsets we were looking at were around the $2000 range and did not provide half as many features as this one. The boys absolutely LOVE the house portion and play chef & waiter all the time. On the backside of the playset is a rock wall and ladder. It has 2 swings and a monkey bar too. LOVE IT!!! This was by far the best value for the money.

  4. Love it, Jean! The boys are going to have so much fun on it for years to come!

  5. It looks fantastic, even though not yet finished. Hope they get many hours of fun out of it. We’ll need something like this ourselves soon, as little un has grown out of his play castle.

  6. That is awesome! Huge! They will love it.

  7. That is awesome!
    I know the boys are going to LOVE this!!!!!
    HOW FUN!

  8. JeanAnn–this is what Paul wrangled me into last summer. Only, he bought every add-on that was available. We were at for 4 days. Or was it 4 months. I just had a scary flashback looking at the pictures of all the parts laid out.

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      That’s about how long it took Jim to put it together. Insane!! But now it’s done and the kids LOVE it!!

  9. Oh fun! I bet the boys will be so happy when it is done!

    • Typical Suburban Family says:

      They absolutely LOVE it!! They beg to go outside every day and play on it. They laugh and laugh and laugh. Best investment ever!

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