A Bennington couple are in the running for Best. Grandparents. Ever.
Just ask Millie, Porter and Ruby — the kids who have a three-story, custom-designed playhouse-within-a-house waiting for them whenever they visit.
Actually, Kris and Steve Sorensen created more than a playhouse for their grandchildren.
It’s a play village — with a schoolhouse, veterinary clinic, pizza shop, bakery, museum and theater. There’s a fire station, complete with bell and sliding pole, and a jail with cell bars, too.
The spaces are vertically interconnected between the main floor and the lower level of the couple’s home, and everything is built to last. Steve, a contractor, used home construction materials throughout the play module. Building facades feature siding, shingles, lighting and brick; floors are done in hardwood, tile and carpet, and windows have casings and trim.
“With such an elaborate project, we just had to use the real thing,’’ says Libby Pantzlaff of Creative Interiors by Libby, who collaborated with the homeowners on the project.
Hand-painted elements — from striped wallpaper, to faux marble columns, to storefront signage — provide just enough whimsy to remind you that children’s imaginations are hard at play here. Of course, the wooden pizza slices, plastic cupcakes and stuffed animals do, too.