Have you ever imagined living in the house of your favorite film? A young boy in Australia had his dream come true after his father recreated the iconic house from the Disney Pixar movie Up. It's a painstaking project for sure, but the result is worth it all.
Scott Fincher, 57, from Canberra, dedicated 15 months to building his 7-year-old son, Leo, a playhouse in the image of Up's iconic house that is on an adventure with thousands of balloons tied to it. He did this for a warm reason.
Scott said it all began due to Leo's obsession with the film. They had watched the movie countless times. So "I decided to make the cubby in late 2019 when Leo started asking for a cubby like the UP house." But "how far should I go with that?"
"I really loved the architecture of the house in the movie and wanted to do something similar but more simple." So the IT consultant dad used the exact materials a tradesperson would have used to construct a temporary house.
"But the perfectionist in me wanted to build a replica that was true to the movie." Thanks to the lockdown in Australia, Scott was able to dedicate more time to getting right into the project. "Fifteen months later, it's finally complete with just a couple of minor things to do," he said.
"So this is what I ended up with, which was quite a mammoth effort," Scott said. The product is a two-story tiny house, weighing "between three and four tonnes." Scott explained its structure is even sturdier than his own home.
Scott estimates that the house cost him around $10,000 to complete, including around $1,500 on the roofing and $2,000 on structural pine, paint, and insulation.
The considerate dad even got Wi-Fi installed within the small hut, so his kids and their friends can stream films and have sleepover parties inside the house.
Open the bright orange door, and you'll get into the tiny living room. A simple wood stair leads you right to the upper floor, where there is a comfortable bedroom.
In the small living room on the ground floor, you can see several pieces of adorable furniture. They are pretty practical and offer the playhouse a real home atmosphere.
Adjacent to the living room is a seating area that is equipped with a table and two chairs. Scott's two kids can rest here and watch the views outside through the three glass windows.
Scott says proudly that both of his children are getting enjoyment from the adorable cubby. "Leo loves it, as does his younger sister Taiya, who is three."
"He's such a good dad. I feel so lucky that he built this whole house for us," Leo said excitedly.
"We've already had a couple of sleepovers upstairs in the cubby and they love snuggling there to watch a movie," the dedicated dad said.
When the beautiful cubby was shared on social media, thousands of viewers called Scott "dad of the year."
"This qualifies as a tiny house," one viewer commented. "This isn't a cubby house - it's a house!" another praised.