Outdoor Playhouse / May 12, 2018 / Nicolette Sirois.
The eighth step to build a playhouse is to decide on the type of roof. Your playhouse plans should recommend the best type. Just follow the directions and youll be okay. Most common types of roofs are hip or gable. The easiest being a gable since it looks like a triangle and it allows for rain and snow to drain off the roof. The hip roof is a little more complicated because it has more angles with all sides sloping down to meet the walls. It allows for snow and rain to drain easily as well however it provides more overhang if thats what you are looking for.
But for playhouses that are in the more affordable price range plastic models generally have easier assembly and maintenance. Size Of Playhouse Before you buy an outdoor playhouse you will need to take into consideration the size of your backyard. If you have a small space then you might need to settle for a smaller playhouse so that there is still space left for other things. Furthermore if you are thinking of getting other outdoor toys for your kids you will also need to reserve some space for those. The other consideration is whether you would be setting up the playhouse indoor for those colder months.
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.
Also by remembering that you can hire a professional carpenter to complete the construction of your playhouse you will not feel limited in any way when it comes to the process of selecting your playhouse plans. If you know that you will have a professional carpenter backing you up to the entire construction process you can purchase plans of any level of complexity you desire to have. It is also a good idea to remember that you can build two different kinds of playhouses. You can construct a playhouse that rests amongst the trees or you can build a small house that rests flatly on the ground. You can also choose construction plans that utilize specific themes.