Playhouse Design / May 26, 2018 / Nicolette Sirois
Building the Playhouse Roof While the playhouse floor and wall construction seems fairly straight forward I think that the roof framing is going to be a little more complicated. Depending in which climate you live a playhouse roof will get hit with rain snow and the sun not to mention a few kids climbing on top of it even though they were told not to. So Im going to try my hand at a little construction carpentry and make a gabled roof. Thats what most of the playhouse plans call for anyway so Ill take on the challenge.
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.
Take height measurements of your children. According to the growth charts put out by the Center for Disease Control the average (50 percentile) height of both males and females for a 5 year old is about 43 inches 50 inches tall for an 8 year old and almost 60 inches for a 12 year old. Take into consideration whether you want the playhouse to be used only when your children are pre-Kindergarten or if the playhouse will be used beyond elementary school. Deciding this in advance will help you choose the size of the playhouse. One youve decided upon the size of the playhouse get some rope and stakes and begin to lay out where the playhouse will be.