Playhouse Design / May 14, 2018 / Apolline Lajoie
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.
After that its a matter of simply attaching the 2x6s together with galvanized nails. Ill want a smooth surface on the playhouse floor for my kids to walk on so that means laying down some plywood on the 2x6 floor joists. A couple 4x8 sheets of outdoor plywood should do the trick. Building the Playhouse Walls Building walls for a playhouse is pretty much the same method carpenters use to build a house. Using simple 2x4 studs Ill lay the boards out on the ground and create each wall as a separate unit. Then with some help from a friend Ill raise the completed walls vertically and nail the corners together... just like people used to do when building barns.
Wooden playhouses tend to cost around ten percent more than plastic playhouses however they do tend to be a much larger to make up for the additional cost giving equal or even better value for your money. Wooden playhouses are practical and more durable than plastic ones as plastic playhouses fade and deteriorate over time whilst wooden ones may be treated with wood stain meaning that they last for years and years. Lets be honest here wooden playhouses are fine-looking as they look more traditional and when painted beautifully can look more like a home in the garden.