Playhouse Design / May 25, 2018 / Lundy Racine
This summer its going to happen. Ive got plans to build a real playhouse in the backyard. Although my kids seem happy enough with the houses they make from cardboard boxes I want something that will last through the summer and hopefully next summer too. Plus I know the kids would go nuts to get a real playhouse this year. Ive checked out the ready-made playhouses that the big toy companies sell and boy do I really hate them. Aside from being pricey they just look trashy. Last thing I want is a big piece of plastic sitting in the middle of the yard.
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.