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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

When one door closes another opens

This business seems so over the top to me but hey, different strokes for different folks. A guy named Andy Katz in Arizona was a home builder, but since the market has tanked here in AZ, he’s changed his business focus: building playhouses for kids. His company is called Childrens Customs. The first playhouse he made took him five weeks to make – it was a 225 square foot replica of a larger home. And it has air conditioning, running water, doorbell, hardwood floors, you name it. Get this – it was made for a child who hasn’t even been born yet. The price range for these playhouses varies quite a bit, but Katz says a playhouse in the range of $40,000-$50,000 is not out of line for someone with a million dollar home. Katz also makes air conditioned doghouses for any pampered pets out there. Since he’s just started this business, I’m not sure whether the company will be successful or not, but I thought the story was interesting at least.