Would you have enjoyed visits to your grandparents' house more if they'd spent a hundred grand to get you there?
A recent Wall Street Journal article, "The ultimate play room . . . at Grandma's house," says that some grandparents are redecorating and even remodeling certain areas of their homes to entice their grandkids over.
Some shop on their own and some hire designers to create rooms full of things like electronics, trampolines, pingpong tables, personalized tents, whimsical furniture and even cosmetics. One designer said her clients spend from $40,000 to $100,000 to get the right kid-friendly vibe.
The article featured a Texas grandma and grandpa who'd remodeled the spare room in the style of a cowboy bunkhouse, added special low counters in the kitchen, and accessorized the yard with scooters and a jungle gym. Now they're mulling over "what attention-grabbing toy to buy next." (Odds are it will be an all-terrain vehicle.)
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