Outdoor Playhouse / May 10, 2018 / Henriette Veilleux
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.
Playhouse Sizes Have you consider the size of the playhouse you would like? Obviously the usable space in your garden is a significant factor when deciding the size of your playhouse as is the number of children you are catering for. Types of Playhouse The first type is a traditional wooden playhouse which sits on the ground. These are either single storey playhouses or double storey playhouses which generally have an internal ladder or stairs to access the top floor. The second type is the tower playhouse and are supported by wooden legs.
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.