Outdoor Playhouse / May 8, 2018 / Arlette Deziel
Scour the internet and find the plan that suites you and your children. Play it safe and get their opinions and you will have nothing to lose. The second step to build a playhouse is to decide where you want to place the playhouse inside your yard. You may have to do some preparation work ahead of time like creating a level playing area for the playhouse to rest upon so it is stable. Make sure it is not located under any electrical wires or tree branches that could do some damage to it later. Furthermore make sure the site is in a higher area of the yard as to not have to worry about water damage later.
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.
Looking at some of the larger wood swing set kits this is more along the lines of what I had in mind but these are just too expensive to buy. That leaves me to build a something myself. So now Im looking at playhouse plans on the Web. I cant say Im very happy with what Ive found. Of course Ive checked out all the free playhouse plans first hoping to at least get an idea of whats involved with this kind of project. Its looking a little scary so far. Most plans seem to be written by carpenters who toss around construction terminology as if I were right there beside them on a job site. So Im off to do a little research in how playhouses are built so I can figure it out for myself.