Playhouse Design / May 19, 2018 / Lundy Racine
Building the Playhouse Roof While the playhouse floor and wall construction seems fairly straight forward I think that the roof framing is going to be a little more complicated. Depending in which climate you live a playhouse roof will get hit with rain snow and the sun not to mention a few kids climbing on top of it even though they were told not to. So Im going to try my hand at a little construction carpentry and make a gabled roof. Thats what most of the playhouse plans call for anyway so Ill take on the challenge.
Next you would have to ensure that the materials being used are sturdy enough to ensure that the structure of the playhouse is safe for your kids. It would be wise if you could choose proper wooden beams to construct the playhouse with. Make certain that there are enough beams and pillars to support the walls and the ceiling. The last thing you need after executing a good playhouse plan is for the actual playhouse to cave-in. You would also have to consider your childrens preferences. There is no point building a playhouse that you like and not one that your kids like.
Decking and Sheathing Next comes the most rewarding part of the project: adding plywood panels to the roof (decking) and the walls (sheathing). For roof decking most playhouse plans call for 1/2" plywood panels that Ill simply nail down on to the rafters. Getting at the panels to nail them down might be a little tricky though. Some people suggest you go at them from inside the playhouse - with a step ladder poking up between the rafters. Then after each panel goes down Ill come down move my ladder and go back up for the next section.