Outdoor Playhouse / May 19, 2018 / Lundy Racine
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.
Building the Playhouse Floor After clearing and leveling a spot in the yard most playhouse plans have me dive into building the floor. 2x6 treated lumber arranged in a grid-like pattern (joists) seems to be the favored choice of materials for this part of the construction the same way its used in building floors for real houses. I can build the floor right on top of the spot I cleared in the yard but Ill probably put down a tarp first to keep the boards dry while I work on them. Building a floor thats square at each corner will take some careful measuring and maybe a carpenters square to make sure everything is lined up.
You probably have one or two little helpers who would love to help you with this activity. The fun part is next because you can choose many different styles of playhouses. There are many different styles of playhouse from traditional cottages or Victorian houses to log cabins or pirate playhouses. What tickles the fancy of your children and would look great in our backyard for at least several years? Lastly begin to think about the decor or accessories that can be added to your playhouse that could enhance the style. Whether the wooden playhouse is built from scratch or purchased your family can have a great time by looking for accessories at garage sales discount stores hardware stores or on-line that can complement the playhouse theme.