Saturday, November 26, 2005

Custom-built playhouses are all the rage for the wealthy

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Andrew Oakes is almost 9 years old. He wants to spend his birthday at his grandfather's barn, but he hasn't built up the courage to ask yet.

That's because the barn, tucked away to the side of his grandfather's home in New Canaan, boasts more than horses, hay or old tools.

It's a gigantic playhouse, with more amenities than a Chuck E. Cheese's.

A new breed of luxury playhouses is being forged by wealthy families who want to pamper their children, builders said. The playhouses are bigger, more elaborate and can cost tens of thousands of dollars - or more.
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