Outdoor Playhouse / May 8, 2018 / Arlette Deziel
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.
Building the Playhouse Floor After clearing and leveling a spot in the yard most playhouse plans have me dive into building the floor. 2x6 treated lumber arranged in a grid-like pattern (joists) seems to be the favored choice of materials for this part of the construction the same way its used in building floors for real houses. I can build the floor right on top of the spot I cleared in the yard but Ill probably put down a tarp first to keep the boards dry while I work on them. Building a floor thats square at each corner will take some careful measuring and maybe a carpenters square to make sure everything is lined up.
The next thing to look at is the design of the kids outdoor playhouse. The look should be only confined by existing space spending budget and your childs desires! You might go for a modest cozy log cabin or perhaps a higher playhouse set with a slide right up to a smaller scale model of a castle complete with drawbridge and also towers. Definitely never find yourself caught up and purchase one thats far too vast for the garden! There still has to be breathing space in the backyard for the children to run about outside of the back yard playhouse plus room for the various family members to enjoy your garden likewise.