Outdoor Playhouse / May 8, 2018 / Arlette Deziel
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.
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 wood floor kit is also included so that the floor of your playhouse is not earthen. The working windows include a screen and are made out of Plexiglass mounted in aluminum frames. LP Smart Side wood is the material of choice for this playhouse. It is a material which is weather safe durable and environmentally friendly. All playhouse pieces are treated with SmartGuard to increase their resistance to things such as rot and mold. This is a lightweight material which makes it easy to handle when assembling. A 50-year limited warranty is covers each piece.