Playhouse Design / May 26, 2018 / Nicolette Sirois
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.
But for playhouses that are in the more affordable price range plastic models generally have easier assembly and maintenance. Size Of Playhouse Before you buy an outdoor playhouse you will need to take into consideration the size of your backyard. If you have a small space then you might need to settle for a smaller playhouse so that there is still space left for other things. Furthermore if you are thinking of getting other outdoor toys for your kids you will also need to reserve some space for those. The other consideration is whether you would be setting up the playhouse indoor for those colder months.