Hey friend are you tired of just staying indoors and doing nothing? I feel the same way sometimes when the the spring rolls around and the weather gets a lot warmer! Lumber Ark in Virginia Beach loves to create playgrounds to fit your, or your kids, imagination needs. However, its okay to go the DIY route and build your own playground!

4 Tips To Help You Build Your Own Playground

Get ready for a whole lot of fun and excitement with our brand new swing set we built for a client that felt the same way! It's not just any swing set – it's super fun and will totally upgraded her backyard. But hey, that's not all – let's dive into the details of how you can transform your yard into the ultimate playground! You can build one yourself and save money, or utilize local builders like ourselves to help create your idea to life. Here are some tips to think through:

Tip 1: Get a Plan First things first – you gotta think about what you want in your playground. How big is your yard? And how old and how tall are your kids? Draw a picture of what you want your playground to look like. Think about all the cool things you want them to play with! You can also plan to have it big enough for you to play on. Lumber Ark designers recommend that you are pulling from visual sources like photos with ideas to compile a vision board before drawing the sketch!

Tip 2: Get the Right Stuff Now, you need to pick out the best materials for your playground. You want stuff that's super strong and won't break easily. Look for wood that won't rot or metal frames that are perfect for swings. Safety first, always! Keep in mind that budget can sometimes increase or decrease based on what materials you use.

Tip 3: Set Up Your Swing Set Once you've got all your materials, it's time to put everything together. Make sure the ground is nice and flat where your swing set will go. Follow the build instructions you made in Tip 1 step by step, and don't forget to ask for help if you need it. You might also want to put something soft on the ground, like mulch, so you won't get hurt if you fall. We love making the project right and fast, which having an extra few hands helps with that.

Tip 4: Make it Look Awesome Now comes the fun part – making your playground look really cool! Add all sorts of fun stuff like slides, climbing things, and even a place for the parents to sit and watch. And don't forget to add some plants around to make it look pretty! Lumber Ark designers love to take that extra few hours up front and spend time asking the right questions to make sure your builds have been designed to accompany those awesome items. When you build your own playground, make sure to include space for additional things added later!

Playground Building Service Areas That We Are

Here at Lumber Ark we noticed when people were searching "playground builder near me" in our area not much would show up, and we're all about helping people create awesome playgrounds in their yards so we rose to the occasion. We serve folks in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, and even surrounding cities!
If you're ready to turn your backyard into the coolest place to play, we say go for it and build your own playground, however if  you need some extra direction then we're here to help! Get in touch with us today and let's make some playground magic happen!

Small Playground Build In Hampton Roads

Lumber Ark latest build is going to be highlighted here around the idea that you can easily build if yourself and learn a lot about a build from a few pictures!
We recommend that you find a way to design it as a 3D model or sketch to better understand how it will look at the end. We built this in SketchUp.
SketchUp design of playground, blue side and swing, loft clubhouse playground

After this we had the materials to purchase and get to work! Using this 3D model, the playground sketches, and general measurements of the area we were able to build it.
Here are two photos of the final result. Remember to have fun building your playground, and if you live near the Hampton Roads area and wish to build your own playground, then feel free to connect with us!
Playground built for client, loft design with blue slide and fun swing set Playground built for client, loft design with blue slide and fun swing set

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Your Questions, Answered

We discuss unique payment structures during the project planning phase if needed, while most of our clients work with the 50-50 model and while we may not offer direct financing, we can explore flexible payment options for larger projects.
Certainly. We encourage open communication with as many questions as possible in the beginning, and if minor adjustments are needed, we’ll work collaboratively to incorporate modifications to meet your preferences during construction. Major adjustments will often change the scope of work and timelines of construction, best to not make major changes midway through development as that would extend completion time and increase the budget!
Yes, absolutely! Lumber Ark specializes in creating custom-themed spaces, and we work closely with clients to bring their unique visions to life. We love clients who already have a few ideas they would want to see come alive, however we know others will want to ask for guidance for their specific needs and can help create a beautiful design that works!

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