Playhouse Design / May 23, 2018 / Gallia Cote
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.
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.
It is laid under the shingles and acts as a moisture barrier. The tenth and last step to build a playhouse is to install windows doors siding and trim paint and caulk everything as per playhouse plans. It is possible your playhouse plans will call for a dormer or two to fancy it up a bit. Those are easy and your playhouse plans will direct you how to install them. One last piece of advice for window installation is to use some type of safety glass to protect the children for when it breaks during play.