Playhouse Ideas / May 26, 2018 / Nicolette Sirois
The sixth step to build a playhouse is to sheath the walls with plywood or oriented strand board (OSB). The easiest way to do this is to attach the plywood while the walls are laying down on the subfloor. However it is critical you square the walls before applying and attaching the plywood. If you use cedar plywood it will need stain to protect it if you choose not to cover it with an exterior siding. Continue by standing the walls up on the subfloor and attach the walls together. Dont forget to attach a top plate to the top of the walls...this gives it strength to hold up the roof. Repeat for inside walls.
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.
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.