Playhouse Ideas / May 8, 2018 / Arlette Deziel
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.
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.
It is laid under the shingles and acts as a moisture barrier. The tenth and last step to build a playhouse is to install windows doors siding and trim paint and caulk everything as per playhouse plans. It is possible your playhouse plans will call for a dormer or two to fancy it up a bit. Those are easy and your playhouse plans will direct you how to install them. One last piece of advice for window installation is to use some type of safety glass to protect the children for when it breaks during play.