Unless your family playset budget is over $3000 and you're looking at a large play system that's adult and kid friendly, your choices are overwhelming, but not always practical. The average parent is generally looking to keep cost down and even spending a few hundred dollars seems like a stretch but we love our kids and want to make them happy. A fair quality "box playset" made in China will still cost $500-1200. The problem is, the options or configurations are limited and may not fit your yard or your expectations and will probably be ready for the dump in 5-7 years. These box sets are usually made with lumber native to the country where they're manufactured, they utilize the smallest hardware available to satisfy U.S. standards and have specific maximum weight and use limitations.
My DIY playset plans make it easy for you to build a high end heavy duty type of swingset for under $1000 and gives you the option of selecting the equipment and configuration that best fits your needs and space. You can use timber grown here in the states, utilize large heavy duty hardware that exceeds american standards and feel good knowing you can play on the playscape with your kids and even have the advantage of possible resale when your family has outgrown it. Start off with just the fort and slide and a single swing for a toddler and as they grow you can add components such as rock climbing walls, monkey bars or climbing events that are age appropriate for your kids.
Let's forget about cost and quality and talk about the sense of accomplishment you're going to experience when you finish building your own wooden playscape for your kids. There is nothing better.
When you compare build time, a pre-fab box set can take the average parent 1-4 days for assembly and you have learned not to do it again. With a DIY playset plan you gain valuable experience that can be used for other projects around the home, not to mention acquiring some cool new tools. On top of that, add the feeling of awesomeness as friends and family admire and play on your accomplishment. Once you have the engineering down and have the plans as a guide, you should be able to build or add-on anything to your swing set and utilize your new skills for other projects. Read my DIY Reviews.
Do-it-Yourself, Feel Accomplished and Have Adult Fun!