Playhouse Design / May 26, 2018 / Nicolette Sirois
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.
The range of outdoor wooden playhouses from which to choose is enormous nevertheless there are a number of variables which could help limit that choice. One thing to consider will be the place where you will put the playhouse. Slap bang in the middle of the lawn or maybe round the back down in a hidden nook? The ground will have to be level and most often a firm base should be thought of. The next decision will be the proportions which is most likely influenced by the site and the access to it. Additionally the aspect should be considered - if the outdoor playhouse is going to be in the shadow of your fence or trees plus if it will make full use of summertime sunshine.
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.