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 ninth step to build a playhouse is to install ceiling joists and rafters as per playhouse plans. Another option is pre-manufactured wood roof trusses. If you are using rafters instead of pre-manufactured wood trusses you will need to add a girder post to each rafter in the center to give it support. The tenth step to build a playhouse is to sheath the roof with plywood and decide upon a roof covering. Most plans will call for asphalt shingles or wood shingles but its up to you. Dont forget to apply felt before laying the shingles on the roof.
Children often dont enjoy plastic playhouses as much as they seem more comparable to a toy than a real little house of their own. Plastic playhouses generally come prepackaged as several large pieces that need slotting together a light plastic playhouse can never be as sturdy as a solid as a wooden one and wont make the delightful garden feature and the same impact in your garden that a wooden wendy house would. A wooden playhouse is hand made by craftsmen and a very special decorative item in its own right.