Outdoor Playhouse / May 8, 2018 / Arlette Deziel
The good news about making a gabled roof is that you can buy some pretty inexpensive hardware that will essentially line up the roof rafters where you need them to go. Galvanized joist hangers will solve a lot of my problems here when it comes to hanging the rafters. There are plenty of instructions around for learning how to build a roof - for any kind of house not just playhouses. So with the pre-made joist hangers and a few instructions I think Ill be able to figure out this part of the project without too much trouble.
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.