We had wanted to get our kids a backyard playset this year, but after looking around at a lot of different stores and websites, we didn't think our budget could take it. We decided that to get what we wanted for the price we wanted, we would have to design and build our own playset with lumber we could readily get from the store. This is called "phase one" because we'd like to add more towers and swings and things like that as our kids get older.
DIY pergola and toddler picnic table fame, had this thing planned and built in a couple of weeks of working on it here and there. He's amazing! We used paving stones underneath the support posts to make everything level and stable. The picnic table fits under there perfectly, and now the kids always have a spot of shade. From on the platform, there's a great view of the neighborhood and a prime place to blow bubbles.
Linked up: Tatertots & Jello