Playhouse Design / May 20, 2018 / Ambra Marquis
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.
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.
The plans may also call for a front porch or back deck depending on the playhouse plans. Your playhouse plans should give direction on how to complete this task. The fifth step to build a playhouse is framing the exterior walls which is very similar to framing the walls of a house except on a smaller scale. Here you have to lay out the walls on the subfloor. You will measure mark and cut top and bottom plates. Dont forget the window placement as you create the walls. Cut various headers king studs cripple studs and sills.