Playhouse Design / May 10, 2018 / Henriette Veilleux
Keep in mind that Im not looking to build one of those giant-sized playhouses - the ones that are so big you could rent them out as an apartment. Making a Playhouse Safe Lets talk safety first. Of course I dont want something that will fall over with the first gust of wind. Not that I let my kids play outside during a storm but whatever I build has to be pretty darn solid for me to feel comfortable letting them play there without me. From the plans Ive seen so far looks like the weight of the materials alone will be heavy enough to keep the playhouse standing upright without me having to mount it to anything.
For the walls a lot of playhouse plans call for 4 x 8 sheets of T-111 tongue-and-groove plywood which should do a nice job of making the walls solid and weatherproof. I might also look into buying outdoor paneling with a decorative side - something to make the walls look more finished. Finishing the Roof I guess I havent decided yet exactly what Ill put down on the roof decking. Most playhouse plans call for the same thing thats on the roof of my house. roofing felt and asphalt shingles. That seems like a lot of work to me right now so I might shop around a little for some easier alternatives. Maybe a tin roof or some type of vinyl. Ill have to wait see about that. Final Playhouse Touches Well theres really no limit to what I can add for final touches - everything from window shutters to picket fences to really dress up the project. Most playhouse plans Ive seen have plenty of extras to make a simple playhouse pretty extraordinary. I have a feeling once I get the basic construction finished the extra touches might have to wait till next year.
Looking at some of the larger wood swing set kits this is more along the lines of what I had in mind but these are just too expensive to buy. That leaves me to build a something myself. So now Im looking at playhouse plans on the Web. I cant say Im very happy with what Ive found. Of course Ive checked out all the free playhouse plans first hoping to at least get an idea of whats involved with this kind of project. Its looking a little scary so far. Most plans seem to be written by carpenters who toss around construction terminology as if I were right there beside them on a job site. So Im off to do a little research in how playhouses are built so I can figure it out for myself.