Playhouse Design / May 13, 2018 / Ambra Marquis.
This summer its going to happen. Ive got plans to build a real playhouse in the backyard. Although my kids seem happy enough with the houses they make from cardboard boxes I want something that will last through the summer and hopefully next summer too. Plus I know the kids would go nuts to get a real playhouse this year. Ive checked out the ready-made playhouses that the big toy companies sell and boy do I really hate them. Aside from being pricey they just look trashy. Last thing I want is a big piece of plastic sitting in the middle of the yard.
And when future grandchildren come around it can be converted back to all its previous glory as a playhouse. There are a million ways to make your playhouse yours alone. The outside can be painted in a variety of colors to reflect your childrens personalities. You can also stain the wood so that it has a more rustic and natural look if you prefer. You can paint the inside as well maybe add a mural or let your children create their own artwork on the walls. Things to Consider Before Buying To stay in great condition you will have to perform maintenance every few years on your wooden playhouse. You will need to refinish or repaint the outside to make sure that you protect it from the elements and continues to look fresh and not rundown. Most playhouse models will require some assembly.
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.
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.