Find Backyard Ideas at the Midwest Home Show

When I was younger, I spent hours in the sandbox right outside the kitchen window, where my mom could keep an eye on my brother and me from inside the house.

The sandbox was great (except for that one time the cat confused it with its litter box, or the other time it was invaded by giant black June Bugs), but what I really wanted was a treehouse.

My friend Karla had a playhouse with adorable little curtains and everything, and I got it lodged in my brain that my life would become infinitely better if I had one, too. My brother also pushed for a treehouse (he probably wouldn’t have agreed to the curtains, though) and my dad, who was really good at building things, said he would make one for us. 

Summers came and summers went, and there were too many other more pressing projects that got in the way. There just wasn’t enough time.

And pretty soon we were all grown up and too big for a treehouse.

Now, instead of waiting to find the right time to build a playhouse for your kids, you can hire the talented team at Northwood Industries to custom-build a design that will make your little ones’ hearts sing (you will not only earn major brownie points with your kids, your backyard will become the envy of the neighbor kids). If your dream backyard includes a beautiful hand-crafted gazebo (on my “dream home” list), fun bunkhouse, really cool lawn furniture, or unique garden shed—ya know, the things that give your backyard personality and purpose—Northwood Industries can build those, too. See examples of their work at the 22nd Annual Midwest Home Show in feature area #719, “Ideas for Your Backyard,” this weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

“Thinking too long about doing something is often the reason it never gets done.” Hire a professional and you will see results—giving  you more time to create memories. 

Tickets are $8 at the show, $4 for those 65 and over, free for those 17 and under, and free to veterans and active military + their families. Hours are Friday, Nov. 16 from 1-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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