Not a Kit

Senior production specialist Steve Mac is not one to do things in a small way. When he first thought of a swing set for his 4-year-old daughter, he started sketching something he could build on his own. And as his ideas migrated from imaginings to drawings, the swing set was joined by a slide, for balance, and then a small playhouse in the middle (why not?), and then a ladder to a loft, with a peaked and shingled roof over that for shade in the summer and protection from the snows of winter, stout decking for the floors, lattice walls for privacy and windows for a view, and flower boxes because the windows demanded flower boxes. And of course, all that deserved a door opening onto a welcoming porch.

Then he just had to build it. Suffice it to say, in the summer of 2015, there were no idle moments for Steve Mac. His evenings and weekends were dominated by lengths of lumber, long bolts and long hours. From June through August he labored, and the final result would defy description if not for the availability of words such as “grandeur,” “majesty” and “Seventh Wonder of the Neighborhood.”

Most importantly, Steve’s daughter is thrilled. And his adult co-workers are clamoring for play dates.