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Friday, December 9th
Little Cottage Company is located in the heart of Ohio's Amish community. This store offers a wide range of Amish-crafted products, from barns and sheds to furniture and playhouses.
Look for a discount
When we were browsing the Little Cottage Company site during this review, there was a 25% discount code featured at the top of the page. Be sure to see if there are any promos at the time of your purchase.
Prebuilt best for locals
Unless you live within 30 miles of this store's Ohio location (zip code 44610), you probably will want to opt for a DIY kit instead of a prebuilt playhouse. What's the difference? The DIY kits will be assembled by you, while the prebuilt models come via truck and trailer at a cost of $2.50-$3 per loaded mile (plus any necessary permits). That adds up. We encourage you to visit the Step-By-Step instructions page to see if your handyperson skills are up to the challenge of a DIY kit, which includes installing shingles you have to purchase separately at your local hardware store.
Prices start just under $3,200
So, assuming you go with a DIY kit, there are 10 options to choose from here. The lowest-priced is the Cape Cod, priced at $3,172 for the 4x6 size and with options for sizing going up to 10x12. You can also add a loft and a deck/rail, but not all features are available with every size.
A mini-mansion for your mini-me?
For the ultimate luxe playhouse, check out Little Cottage Company's Grand Portico Mansion. No upgrades or options are offered - or necessary - when your playhouse already comes with 22 working windows (with screens), loft with ladder, 10 flower boxes, and an adult-size French door in the back. The price? "Just" $23,798. Surprisingly, on this playhouse and every other one in the inventory here, freight shipping was included at no extra charge.
Plan ahead because returns are expensive
There's no specific return policy timeframe specified by Little Cottage Company. Their policy simply states that you'll pay for all outbound and return freight charges, and a 15% restocking fee will be deducted from your refund. You will find images of the lift gate delivery pallets on the Shipping and Returns page, so that you'll know exactly what to expect at the end of your driveway (and to plan on the help you'll need to move it into place).
Good overall reputation
Customer comments aren't numerous, but the overall reputation of this company is good. It earned an "A+" from the Better Business Bureau, and most of the feedback we saw on Little Cottage Company's social media channels is positive. Some shoppers were frustrated with communication issues during times of supply chain delays, and a few felt like LCC's representatives weren't as helpful or forthcoming as they could have been when something went wrong. By and large, though, you'll get the one-on-one treatment you'd expect from a small family-owned business.
Extra costs add up
There's a lot to love about the playhouses offered by Little Cottage Company, and if you live near their Ohio location, we recommend you reach out and see if one of their playhouses is right for you. For those who live elsewhere, especially those who may not have the time or skills to handle a more complex DIY kit, these playhouses are going to get expensive quickly - going beyond the price of the structure itself to include professional setup (that has to be arranged for separately), the parts like shingles and floor kits that aren't always included, and so on. Those factors are the main reason why we give this playhouse maker a three-star rating, not because of the quality of the structures themselves.
A playhouse can be a simple, inexpensive way to keep a toddler occupied for a few hours in a pop-up structure in the living room - or a sturdy, wooden structure that might last long enough to give your children and later your grandchildren years of happy memories. From pirates to princesses, kitchens to caves, the adventures provided by playhouses are only limited by one's imagination.
Your first consideration when buying a playhouse is where it will be used. Obviously you won't want to buy a cardboard design for use outdoors, but it could be exactly the thing for a rainy day inside. If it's going to be set up outside, you'll want to choose a playhouse that can withstand the elements where you live, from snow to sunshine, and that fits the space you have in mind.
The next factor in your decision is the age range of the kids who will be using the playhouse. A huge climber with rock walls, rope swings and a lookout tower will be the envy of the big kids in your neighborhood, but if the child(ren) in your life can't quite walk yet, it's not going to be the right fit.
Finally, are you looking for a playhouse that's permanently installed or something that can be moved - around the yard or across the country? The most long-lasting, packed-with-features playhouses usually require you to set them up with the expectation that that's where they'll stay.
There are so many places you can buy a playhouse online, from your trusted home improvement store's website to family-owned companies that have been making sturdy wood playhouses (complete with window boxes and porches) for decades. Where should you start? Follow this list to help guide your decision:
To help you add the most fun to your basement or backyard, TopConsumerReviews.com has evaluated and ranked today's most popular retailers of playhouses. We're sure this information will make it easy to get the cutest cabin or climber for the children in your life!
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