Playhouse Design / May 13, 2018 / Ambra Marquis
Take height measurements of your children. According to the growth charts put out by the Center for Disease Control the average (50 percentile) height of both males and females for a 5 year old is about 43 inches 50 inches tall for an 8 year old and almost 60 inches for a 12 year old. Take into consideration whether you want the playhouse to be used only when your children are pre-Kindergarten or if the playhouse will be used beyond elementary school. Deciding this in advance will help you choose the size of the playhouse. One youve decided upon the size of the playhouse get some rope and stakes and begin to lay out where the playhouse will be.
If you have a lot of space then choose a place close to your house to keep an eye on the kids in a shady location to keep the childrens playhouse cool in the summer months on a flat piece of soil for easier leveling of the foundation and close to electrical source if you plan to have electricity to the playhouse. Once the location is finalized you need to determine the size of the outdoor kids playhouse. Playhouses come in many different sizes but typically they are between 6 ft - 12 ft in length and width. The height of the kids play house is generally 10 ft - 12 ft but will depend upon if you plan on having a loft on the second level.
The sixth step to build a playhouse is to sheath the walls with plywood or oriented strand board (OSB). The easiest way to do this is to attach the plywood while the walls are laying down on the subfloor. However it is critical you square the walls before applying and attaching the plywood. If you use cedar plywood it will need stain to protect it if you choose not to cover it with an exterior siding. Continue by standing the walls up on the subfloor and attach the walls together. Dont forget to attach a top plate to the top of the walls...this gives it strength to hold up the roof. Repeat for inside walls.