Outdoor Playhouse / May 24, 2018 / Henriette Veilleux
This summer its going to happen. Ive got plans to build a real playhouse in the backyard. Although my kids seem happy enough with the houses they make from cardboard boxes I want something that will last through the summer and hopefully next summer too. Plus I know the kids would go nuts to get a real playhouse this year. Ive checked out the ready-made playhouses that the big toy companies sell and boy do I really hate them. Aside from being pricey they just look trashy. Last thing I want is a big piece of plastic sitting in the middle of the yard.
Scour the internet and find the plan that suites you and your children. Play it safe and get their opinions and you will have nothing to lose. The second step to build a playhouse is to decide where you want to place the playhouse inside your yard. You may have to do some preparation work ahead of time like creating a level playing area for the playhouse to rest upon so it is stable. Make sure it is not located under any electrical wires or tree branches that could do some damage to it later. Furthermore make sure the site is in a higher area of the yard as to not have to worry about water damage later.
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.