Outdoor Playhouse / May 26, 2018 / Nicolette Sirois
Thats good news. Getting Started - Make a Level Spot in the Yard Most playhouse plans start with choosing a good spot in the yard. That makes sense. This step seems to help set the stage for everything else that follows so it pays off to be careful and get this part of the project right first time out. Of course to avoid building a crooked playhouse Ill need to find a fairly level spot in the yard. This could be trickier than it seems. Even if I think a spot looks level chances are its not. I probably spend a good amount of time and energy just clearing and leveling a spot for the playhouse to sit.
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 ninth step to build a playhouse is to install ceiling joists and rafters as per playhouse plans. Another option is pre-manufactured wood roof trusses. If you are using rafters instead of pre-manufactured wood trusses you will need to add a girder post to each rafter in the center to give it support. The tenth step to build a playhouse is to sheath the roof with plywood and decide upon a roof covering. Most plans will call for asphalt shingles or wood shingles but its up to you. Dont forget to apply felt before laying the shingles on the roof.