Outdoor Playhouse / May 17, 2018 / Gallia Cote.
Take height measurements of your children. According to the growth charts put out by the Center for Disease Control the average (50 percentile) height of both males and females for a 5 year old is about 43 inches 50 inches tall for an 8 year old and almost 60 inches for a 12 year old. Take into consideration whether you want the playhouse to be used only when your children are pre-Kindergarten or if the playhouse will be used beyond elementary school. Deciding this in advance will help you choose the size of the playhouse. One youve decided upon the size of the playhouse get some rope and stakes and begin to lay out where the playhouse will be.
The third step to build a playhouse is creating a foundation. What type of foundation you use concrete slab pier wood foundation or other depends upon the playhouse plans you have chosen. The playhouse plans should explain the proper foundation for the playhouse but you will need to take into account for local ordinances and homeowner associations rules. Always check with your local city code officials before building anything. The fourth step to build a playhouse is to create the sub-floor. Usually joists 16 inches on center covered by plywood flooring is the standard; nothing extravagant but functional and safe.
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.
You probably have one or two little helpers who would love to help you with this activity. The fun part is next because you can choose many different styles of playhouses. There are many different styles of playhouse from traditional cottages or Victorian houses to log cabins or pirate playhouses. What tickles the fancy of your children and would look great in our backyard for at least several years? Lastly begin to think about the decor or accessories that can be added to your playhouse that could enhance the style. Whether the wooden playhouse is built from scratch or purchased your family can have a great time by looking for accessories at garage sales discount stores hardware stores or on-line that can complement the playhouse theme.