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Playhouse Building Plans

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Playhouse Plans

Wooden playhouse plans

Wooden playhouse plans

We all know that during the hot summer days, our children are eager to relax and enjoy recreational activities at home. Generally speaking, all the kids I know just love outdoor activities. Although they enjoy playing in the house, they would be a lot happier to have their own retreat in the garden , under the shade of a large tree. The best side of this is that playing in the garden develops their creativity and keeps them occupied for many hours every day.

Choose the right outdoor playhouse plans from the very beginning, making sure you involve your kids in this stage. Strange as it might seem, your kids could come up with bright ideas that could make the wooden playhouse a focus point of your garden.

If you don’t want to send them in a camp or something similar, where you are not able to supervise them properly, the only solution is to build a simple playhouse in your backyard. A playhouse is easy to build by anyone, provided the right plans, tools and materials are used. As you can imagine you would save a significant amount of money, if you choose to get the job done by yourself, instead of buying a kit or hiring a contractor.

Building the Frame of the Playhouse

Installing the rafters

Installing the rafters

The first thing that you need to do before building the wooden playhouse is to choose the plans that fit your needs and tastes. You could choose from many designs, starting with a lean to playhouse up to constructions with a gamble roof or a two-story playhouse. The possibilities are unlimited, so it all depends on your budget and imagination. We recommend you to search on the internet for playhouse plans, as there are so many alternatives. Some of the plans are free, while other come in exchange of a small fee (5 – 15 dollars).

After you have bought the plans, you should select its location, as well as the materials required for the job. Make sure you buy the best materials you afford, paying attention to their condition. All the boards have to be perfectly straight and without any kind of flaws.

Playhouse Roof Plans

Use 2×4 lumber to build the joists of the playhouse, placing them every 16” O.C. Drill pilot holes in the rim joists, before inserting the 3” screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Check the corners for squareness, using a carpentry square. Afterwards, Install the wall studs and fit the flooring sheets.

In order to build a durable playhouse, you should build the roof using the right techniques and plans. Taking into account that this step is the most difficult of the project, especially for inexperienced builders, we have to point out several aspects. Therefore, you should build the rafters on the ground, before assembling the trusses. Make sure you reinforce the joints with gussets, made of 1/2” plywood.

Afterwards, fit the trusses into place and secure them to the top plates with 4” screws. Pre-drill the components, before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Align the trusses at both ends and place them every 16” O.C. Use a spirit level to make sure the ridge is perfectly horizontal.

Next, cover the roof surface with 3/4” plywood, making sure you secure the sheets with nails along the rafters. Before installing the asphalt shingles, you should staple roofing felt to the roof.

How to build a playhouse plans free

How to build a playhouse plans free

If you don’t have the skills or time required for such a complex project, you could hire a contractor specialized in this field. Make sure you choose the wooden playhouse plans that fit your needs before hiring the local handyman. This will increase the total expenditures by 30%, but at least you have the guarantee of a well-done project. Make sure you ask references from the contractors and choose the best offer in terms of costs and benefits.

Last but not least, you could obtain a good compromise between the costs and the end result, if you buy a playhouse kid. These kits come at affordable prices and include all the components required for the construction, as well as the step by step instructions. All the wooden components should be cut and the kit should also come with the screws, bolts and accessories required for the construction. You could assemble the playhouse in just an afternoon if you ask a friend to assist you. Therefore, you just have to drive in the screws and bolts, while your friends holds the components into place.


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