Dave’s Pirate Ship Playhouse

Project: Dave’s Pirate Ship Playhouse

Kensington, MD, Special Project - $35,000

We would love to see this pirate ship with all hands on deck! Sadly, our beloved pirate ship playhouse is currently sitting unsold in TW Perry’s lot. We are asking for a donation of $5,000 to the charity of the purchaser’s choice for this one of a kind playhouse. Contact Addie with questions at amerrick@mdbi.us or by phone at 301-946-2356


This pirate ship playhouse was the brainchild of our president, David Merrick, and was constructed for the Rebuilding Hope Auction by Rebuilding Together Montgomery County. The entire Merrick team enjoyed volunteering together to bring it to life.

The playhouse is a coral pink ship features to custom Murals by local Kensington artist, Jason Swain. David showed off his carpentry skills with all of the custom woodwork. Everything from the ship’s mast to the railing posts is handmade.

However, the real challenge of this playhouse was getting the hull to curve. David decided to use donated Versatex beadboard to Lapp the sides.  The boards were strong yet pliable and have the added benefit of being rot-resistant to ensure years of play. From the teal portholes and an authentic ship wheel to the fluttering flags, the details of this ship are really striking. Pirates of all ages will have a grrrrreat time plundering their imaginations on this vessel.

To watch the Pirate Ship Playhouse come together please enjoy these time-lapse videos:


Click here for more information on the artist Jason Swain