Playhouse Design / May 26, 2018 / Nicolette Sirois
Playhouse Sizes Have you consider the size of the playhouse you would like? Obviously the usable space in your garden is a significant factor when deciding the size of your playhouse as is the number of children you are catering for. Types of Playhouse The first type is a traditional wooden playhouse which sits on the ground. These are either single storey playhouses or double storey playhouses which generally have an internal ladder or stairs to access the top floor. The second type is the tower playhouse and are supported by wooden legs.
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.
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.