Playhouse Design / May 7, 2018 / Apolline Lajoie
Decking and Sheathing Next comes the most rewarding part of the project: adding plywood panels to the roof (decking) and the walls (sheathing). For roof decking most playhouse plans call for 1/2" plywood panels that Ill simply nail down on to the rafters. Getting at the panels to nail them down might be a little tricky though. Some people suggest you go at them from inside the playhouse - with a step ladder poking up between the rafters. Then after each panel goes down Ill come down move my ladder and go back up for the next section.
Type Of Playhouse Basically you have a choice between wooden and plastic playhouses. Generally plastic ones are less expensive although you can also get wooden playhouses at about the same price range. But such wooden playhouses will require additional weather-proofing before assembly as well as periodic maintenance to ensure that it lasts. This means if you want to settle for a wooden playhouse there is more work involved compared to a plastic one. Of course a wooden playhouse may give you a more natural look and those in the higher end of the market can end up looking like a real home.
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.