Playhouse Design / May 13, 2018 / Ambra Marquis.
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.
After that its a matter of simply attaching the 2x6s together with galvanized nails. Ill want a smooth surface on the playhouse floor for my kids to walk on so that means laying down some plywood on the 2x6 floor joists. A couple 4x8 sheets of outdoor plywood should do the trick. Building the Playhouse Walls Building walls for a playhouse is pretty much the same method carpenters use to build a house. Using simple 2x4 studs Ill lay the boards out on the ground and create each wall as a separate unit. Then with some help from a friend Ill raise the completed walls vertically and nail the corners together... just like people used to do when building barns.
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.
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.