Spokane group builds elaborate, eco-friendly playhouses

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by Breanna Roy & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 3:31 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – They say “it takes a village” and the Playhouse Project did.  It will also end up looking like a miniature village when the 12 playhouses come together for the cause this Saturday.

The Spokane Homebuilder’s Association president Deacon Band built an elaborate mini-greenhouse for Playhouse Project Spokane.  It’s not just for looks: it’s a working greenhouse made of 100 percent recyclables. It also includes a solar panel that runs an LED light system to teach children about solar energy.

He used his own children for the measurements and his own new hobby – gardening – for inspiration.

“We thought, instead of just making a box that these kids can play in, let’s make a science project,” Band said.

The money raised will help offset the increasing cost of the city’s child care services.

The playhouses go up for auction Saturday, April 13 at Spokane’s Premier Home Improvement Show at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.

Tickets may be purchased at Rosauer’s in advance for $20.

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