Playhouse Design / May 15, 2018 / Arlette Deziel
A playhouse is every little kids dream toy. It not only offers kids lots of fun but also a toy that stimulates the imagination. Some playhouses also combine pretend play with physical activities that involve climbing crawling and sliding. Hence for many parents an outdoor playhouse is a preferred backyard toy. However a playhouse can be quite expensive. Most cost a few hundred dollars with luxurious ones being priced at well above a thousand dollars. Therefore buying a playhouse requires some serious thinking and research. Listed below are some factors that you should consider before placing an order for an outdoor playhouse.
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 good news about making a gabled roof is that you can buy some pretty inexpensive hardware that will essentially line up the roof rafters where you need them to go. Galvanized joist hangers will solve a lot of my problems here when it comes to hanging the rafters. There are plenty of instructions around for learning how to build a roof - for any kind of house not just playhouses. So with the pre-made joist hangers and a few instructions I think Ill be able to figure out this part of the project without too much trouble.