Outdoor Playhouse / May 19, 2018 / Nicolette Sirois
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.
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.
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.