Outdoor Playhouse / May 9, 2018 / Arlette Deziel
Keep in mind that Im not looking to build one of those giant-sized playhouses - the ones that are so big you could rent them out as an apartment. Making a Playhouse Safe Lets talk safety first. Of course I dont want something that will fall over with the first gust of wind. Not that I let my kids play outside during a storm but whatever I build has to be pretty darn solid for me to feel comfortable letting them play there without me. From the plans Ive seen so far looks like the weight of the materials alone will be heavy enough to keep the playhouse standing upright without me having to mount it to anything.
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.
And when future grandchildren come around it can be converted back to all its previous glory as a playhouse. There are a million ways to make your playhouse yours alone. The outside can be painted in a variety of colors to reflect your childrens personalities. You can also stain the wood so that it has a more rustic and natural look if you prefer. You can paint the inside as well maybe add a mural or let your children create their own artwork on the walls. Things to Consider Before Buying To stay in great condition you will have to perform maintenance every few years on your wooden playhouse. You will need to refinish or repaint the outside to make sure that you protect it from the elements and continues to look fresh and not rundown. Most playhouse models will require some assembly.