After a lovely breakfast out at Bob Evans... we swung by Home Depot to check out their playsets. We'd looked online but the prices were... meh. I'd been loyally searching Craigslist but was unimpressed or didn't find anything. Jeff worked on a design but it seemed most prudent to buy a set with brackets and such and then add on.
The set pictured above is the Swing-N-Slide Palisade. Online, it runs around $1400. In the store, it costs about $400 less! Jeff will have to buy the main lumber supports separately. We are opting to buy our own slide instead of the one that comes with the kit. And we already have expansion ideas for when the time comes! We can easily add an arm off the back or another deck and slide or another climbing apparatus. We can build a picnic table underneath. Lots that we can do if we choose to! And the pic isn't sntirely accurate. Our set has a rock wall on the side instead of a ladder.
WHEW! It's done! Well... the deciding part is done, anyway. The set is purchased. Jeff now has to go pick it up. And then go to another store for the support lumber and the slide we prefer. And build everything. We should soon have a playset in our backyard! Yahoo!