Outdoor Playhouse / May 14, 2018 / Apolline Lajoie
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.
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.
Needless to say your youngsters will have their unique concepts of just what their own ideal outdoor playhouse would be and you have to take these under consideration. However dont worry a lot if the playhouse is going to be used by both boys and girls as even though you can find a exclusively designed for young girls playhouse they normally delight in climbing around inside a traditional wooden playhouse equally as much as the boys. A further thing to consider which will worry you a lot more than your kids is the basic safety aspects of the actual playhouse. Quite a few can have a couple of storeys plus a roof which can be climbed upon so you should make sure that there will not be a hazard of your child falling from a height. Any kind of playhouses bought from a respectable retailer really should have been constructed to rigid safety guidelines. If backyard childrens playhouses will not be a possibility maybe there will not be the space; then you may even consider indoor playhouses or even indoor playsets to help keep your children entertained.