I just finished my first official Spoiled Rotten Homes project – an indoor play scape – for little Beau. As I’ve gone through the process of starting this business, there have been a lot of ups and a few downs, but I realized something very special as I went through this first experience with a family outside of my own. There is pure joy in this that is unparalleled to doing residential remodeling.
I was at Beau’s house multiple times to build his “Fishin Shak.” Each time I got there, he ran up to the door, super excited, and told me about his day and how much he loved the playhouse. He’s only 2 years old (so he can be a little hard to understand) but the joy and excitement he showed spoke louder than his words. As we continued our work and the structure took shape, the smile never left his face and his excitement was contagious to all of us. The crew, his mother, his brother – we all felt his excitement and shared in his enthusiasm. It was such a rewarding feeling.
I think the highlight for Beau came after the electrician installed the light switch inside the playhouse. He turned the switch on and off approximately 53 times, giggling with each flip and telling us how awesome it was!
My motivation to start Spoiled Rotten Homes was obviously for my daughters. I saw how the girls' playhouse encouraged family time and saw the joy on their faces as they played. I wanted to bring that to other families, as well. In the few days that I was at Beau’s house, I watched his brothers, mother, and his grandmother (who painted the awesome tree mural on the wall and signed it “Love Grandma”) experience that same family togetherness that was so special to me and my family. It was pretty amazing.
I was always taught it’s more rewarding to give than to receive. Based on what I witnessed at Beau’s house and the expressions on everyone’s faces as he played in his new playhouse, I can attest that is true.
Maybe I got lucky having such an amazing family as my first Spoiled Rotten Homes customer. Or maybe this is a glimpse of what’s to come when we build playhouses for others in the future. Either way, I’m really looking forward to the next Spoiled Rotten Homes project!
A few weeks after posting Aunt Rachel’s pictures of the playhouse, they went viral on my ATB Building business page on Facebook. I was so excited. The post had millions of views. My wife and my family had updated news about the post every 30 minutes (who am I kidding, there was a running group of texts for weeks!) Eventually, the hype died down and life went back to normal for a while. Then out of the blue, ABC news picked up the story of the playhouse. A few places ran it and then, BANG! It was published everywhere - People Magazine, Today Show, New York Post, Cosmopolitan, CNN, Good Morning America, etc. Even international media outlets, such as Huff Post France, LADBible in the UK , VNExpress in Vietnam, and others, did stories about the playhouse. It was completely overwhelming and crazy. It got me thinking, “If so many people like the girls’ playhouse, why not build them for others, too?”
Spoiled Rotten Homes Inc. was born. You could say it happened in an instant of fame, or you could say it was built through decades of building a business from the ground up, or having the life changing moment of holding the girls in the delivery room. The playhouse has been a central point in our family. It is where we eat meals, where we have birthday parties, and where Jenny teaches the girls letters. We don’t allow technology in the playhouse. It’s an imagination zone only.
You don’t need a playhouse to love your family, but let’s face it, a big playhouse is really freaking cool.
- 16’ wide, 12’ deep, 8’ x 8’ of living space
- Wood T1-11 siding
- Operating glass windows
- 3-dimensional shingles
- Wood trim around windows, door, and fascia
- 2x4 framing with 2x6 treated floor joist system
- ¾ inch plywood sub-floor
- Treated handrail
- Standard height door
- 5/4 treated decking for wrap-around porch
· $9200 for labor and material, swing set option can be added at additional cost
· Price for playhouses does not include taxes and shipping
· Shipping cost varies based on location
-$500 for structural beam setup
-Cost of implements determined by customer
-Gorilla Playset options can be found on https://www.spoiledrottenhomes.com/about-us/
-Walls - $384
-Ceiling and Floor - $192
· Disclaimer: insulation on floor will not be protected from rodents and other wildlife than can use insulation to make nests or cause other damage. Protection from this can be installed at an additional price.
-Off-the grid electrical
-Low voltage electrical powered by solar panel - $5000
-Vinyl sheet flooring - $384
-Vinyl Siding - $1250
-Interior trim - $100 per window and door
-Paint – $768 for labor and cost of paint
-½ Inch birch plywood interior finish – $850
Disclaimer: if playhouse is being shipped, we recommend all painting be done at final location to prevent shipping damage.
We take great pride in the structural integrity and uniqueness of our playhouses. All of our models are built just like a real house – full scale, 8-foot ceilings, and can be re-purposed into a guest house, she-shed, or man-cave when the kids are all grown up and moved out! Our playhouses stand the test of time!
People say, “Follow your dreams.” It’s a great saying, but actually following your dreams is scary. If I try, will I fail? Will I disappoint those I love? I wanted to create a princess-like dream for my girls, but in real life, fairy godmothers don’t stop by and build castles. That was up to me.
When I started out in life, I didn’t think that I wanted to be a “glamorous contractor.” I was a guy with lots of siblings and no college fund. I needed to make a career choice. I fell into contracting, but ended up liking it. It had a creative side that I hadn’t anticipated. Building my business, ATB Building, has been difficult, but also rewarding. In the past few decades, I’ve been the contractor guy doing everything from complete kitchen remodels, to custom decks, to complete interior overhauls, to building houses. My favorite jobs have been those that gave me creative license for custom work.
Building the playhouse started with a dream of an amazing place for my girls, and ended with a bigger dream of building playhouses for others. But that dream has carried a lot of risk. With all the unexpected hype of my daughters’ playhouse going viral and responding to journalists, I fell behind in scheduled work and it caused me to lose out on a $30,000 project two days before the start date. For some businesses, a $30,000 project is no big deal, but for me, it hurt big time! A lot of people think going viral is an instant lottery ticket to fame and fortune, but let me tell you, it’s far from the truth. I’m finding it comes with a lot of hard work, and a lot of risk. Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
I am hoping that following this dream of Spoiled Rotten Homes Inc. will make my wife and daughters proud of what I have done someday. With the help of you and the support of my friends, I believe this is possible.
I will be updating my blog during this journey, and I’m hoping it will be a fun and rewarding one! Otherwise, you will see a viral story gone bad.
Now for the Jerry Maguire moment…who’s coming with me!?!?
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