Playhouse Design / May 26, 2018 / Nicolette Sirois
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.
A playhouse is every little kids dream toy. It not only offers kids lots of fun but also a toy that stimulates the imagination. Some playhouses also combine pretend play with physical activities that involve climbing crawling and sliding. Hence for many parents an outdoor playhouse is a preferred backyard toy. However a playhouse can be quite expensive. Most cost a few hundred dollars with luxurious ones being priced at well above a thousand dollars. Therefore buying a playhouse requires some serious thinking and research. Listed below are some factors that you should consider before placing an order for an outdoor playhouse.
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.