Playhouse Design / May 26, 2018 / Nicolette Sirois
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.
The ninth step to build a playhouse is to install ceiling joists and rafters as per playhouse plans. Another option is pre-manufactured wood roof trusses. If you are using rafters instead of pre-manufactured wood trusses you will need to add a girder post to each rafter in the center to give it support. The tenth step to build a playhouse is to sheath the roof with plywood and decide upon a roof covering. Most plans will call for asphalt shingles or wood shingles but its up to you. Dont forget to apply felt before laying the shingles on the roof.
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.