Outdoor Playhouse / March 20, 2018 / Gallia Cote.
Building the Playhouse Roof While the playhouse floor and wall construction seems fairly straight forward I think that the roof framing is going to be a little more complicated. Depending in which climate you live a playhouse roof will get hit with rain snow and the sun not to mention a few kids climbing on top of it even though they were told not to. So Im going to try my hand at a little construction carpentry and make a gabled roof. Thats what most of the playhouse plans call for anyway so Ill take on the challenge.
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.
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.
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.