Playhouse Design / May 23, 2018 / Gallia Cote
The range of outdoor wooden playhouses from which to choose is enormous nevertheless there are a number of variables which could help limit that choice. One thing to consider will be the place where you will put the playhouse. Slap bang in the middle of the lawn or maybe round the back down in a hidden nook? The ground will have to be level and most often a firm base should be thought of. The next decision will be the proportions which is most likely influenced by the site and the access to it. Additionally the aspect should be considered - if the outdoor playhouse is going to be in the shadow of your fence or trees plus if it will make full use of summertime sunshine.
Keep in mind that Im not looking to build one of those giant-sized playhouses - the ones that are so big you could rent them out as an apartment. Making a Playhouse Safe Lets talk safety first. Of course I dont want something that will fall over with the first gust of wind. Not that I let my kids play outside during a storm but whatever I build has to be pretty darn solid for me to feel comfortable letting them play there without me. From the plans Ive seen so far looks like the weight of the materials alone will be heavy enough to keep the playhouse standing upright without me having to mount it to anything.
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.