I have found what I want. A Minnesota designer decided to create this live-in playground for his nephew and brother that includes a pirate ship, slide, climbing wall and more. See the full story here.
I ran into this article on houzz.com. If you haven’t been to Houzz, it’s a design and architecture site that will leave you brimming with great ideas for ways to plus your home. They have things from storage ideas to color concepts to big crazy pirate ships hanging fro the ceiling. If you want to tinker with a room or drop a fully armed nuclear experience warhead on your house, this site has it all.
If you haven’t read the story yet, the house also has a spiraling slide that leads down into the basement. You can’t help but wonder how long you would use that slide. Would something that seems really cool now quickly become a “meh” feature? A friend of mine in high school had a pool table and he once told me, “A pool table is the coolest thing, until you have one.” After a few trips down that slide getting covered in static you might say, “You know, I’m gonna take the stairs.” At least a pool table won’t get you all static-y if you slide across it.