Playhouse Ideas / May 25, 2018 / Lundy Racine
And when future grandchildren come around it can be converted back to all its previous glory as a playhouse. There are a million ways to make your playhouse yours alone. The outside can be painted in a variety of colors to reflect your childrens personalities. You can also stain the wood so that it has a more rustic and natural look if you prefer. You can paint the inside as well maybe add a mural or let your children create their own artwork on the walls. Things to Consider Before Buying To stay in great condition you will have to perform maintenance every few years on your wooden playhouse. You will need to refinish or repaint the outside to make sure that you protect it from the elements and continues to look fresh and not rundown. Most playhouse models will require some assembly.
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.
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.