Playhouse Design / May 14, 2018 / Apolline Lajoie
Needless to say your youngsters will have their unique concepts of just what their own ideal outdoor playhouse would be and you have to take these under consideration. However dont worry a lot if the playhouse is going to be used by both boys and girls as even though you can find a exclusively designed for young girls playhouse they normally delight in climbing around inside a traditional wooden playhouse equally as much as the boys. A further thing to consider which will worry you a lot more than your kids is the basic safety aspects of the actual playhouse. Quite a few can have a couple of storeys plus a roof which can be climbed upon so you should make sure that there will not be a hazard of your child falling from a height. Any kind of playhouses bought from a respectable retailer really should have been constructed to rigid safety guidelines. If backyard childrens playhouses will not be a possibility maybe there will not be the space; then you may even consider indoor playhouses or even indoor playsets to help keep your children entertained.
For the walls a lot of playhouse plans call for 4 x 8 sheets of T-111 tongue-and-groove plywood which should do a nice job of making the walls solid and weatherproof. I might also look into buying outdoor paneling with a decorative side - something to make the walls look more finished. Finishing the Roof I guess I havent decided yet exactly what Ill put down on the roof decking. Most playhouse plans call for the same thing thats on the roof of my house. roofing felt and asphalt shingles. That seems like a lot of work to me right now so I might shop around a little for some easier alternatives. Maybe a tin roof or some type of vinyl. Ill have to wait see about that. Final Playhouse Touches Well theres really no limit to what I can add for final touches - everything from window shutters to picket fences to really dress up the project. Most playhouse plans Ive seen have plenty of extras to make a simple playhouse pretty extraordinary. I have a feeling once I get the basic construction finished the extra touches might have to wait till next year.
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.