Playhouse Ideas / May 25, 2018 / Henriette Veilleux
Buying them as a set may work out to be cheaper than buying them separately. They are also compact which saves on space. Hence if you are thinking of buying a playhouse you will also need to work out if your kids will need a climber slide or swing in the near future. If they do then an outdoor playhouse that has these attachments may be a better play set in your backyard. Ease Of Assembly Apart from the above factors you will also need to check on the ease of assembly. There is no point buying a playhouse which you cant put together because the instructions are too complicated or the parts dont fit. One good way to find out if a particular outdoor playhouse is easy to assemble or otherwise is to read up on consumer reviews. Popular outdoor playhouses usually have tons of reviews from parents and you can get a glimpse of the ease of assembly from there.
Decking and Sheathing Next comes the most rewarding part of the project: adding plywood panels to the roof (decking) and the walls (sheathing). For roof decking most playhouse plans call for 1/2" plywood panels that Ill simply nail down on to the rafters. Getting at the panels to nail them down might be a little tricky though. Some people suggest you go at them from inside the playhouse - with a step ladder poking up between the rafters. Then after each panel goes down Ill come down move my ladder and go back up for the next section.
Building the Playhouse Floor After clearing and leveling a spot in the yard most playhouse plans have me dive into building the floor. 2x6 treated lumber arranged in a grid-like pattern (joists) seems to be the favored choice of materials for this part of the construction the same way its used in building floors for real houses. I can build the floor right on top of the spot I cleared in the yard but Ill probably put down a tarp first to keep the boards dry while I work on them. Building a floor thats square at each corner will take some careful measuring and maybe a carpenters square to make sure everything is lined up.