Playhouse Design / May 14, 2018 / Apolline Lajoie.
Scour the internet and find the plan that suites you and your children. Play it safe and get their opinions and you will have nothing to lose. The second step to build a playhouse is to decide where you want to place the playhouse inside your yard. You may have to do some preparation work ahead of time like creating a level playing area for the playhouse to rest upon so it is stable. Make sure it is not located under any electrical wires or tree branches that could do some damage to it later. Furthermore make sure the site is in a higher area of the yard as to not have to worry about water damage later.
The sixth step to build a playhouse is to sheath the walls with plywood or oriented strand board (OSB). The easiest way to do this is to attach the plywood while the walls are laying down on the subfloor. However it is critical you square the walls before applying and attaching the plywood. If you use cedar plywood it will need stain to protect it if you choose not to cover it with an exterior siding. Continue by standing the walls up on the subfloor and attach the walls together. Dont forget to attach a top plate to the top of the walls...this gives it strength to hold up the roof. Repeat for inside walls.
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.
If you have a lot of space then choose a place close to your house to keep an eye on the kids in a shady location to keep the childrens playhouse cool in the summer months on a flat piece of soil for easier leveling of the foundation and close to electrical source if you plan to have electricity to the playhouse. Once the location is finalized you need to determine the size of the outdoor kids playhouse. Playhouses come in many different sizes but typically they are between 6 ft - 12 ft in length and width. The height of the kids play house is generally 10 ft - 12 ft but will depend upon if you plan on having a loft on the second level.