Woodworking Tips

Playhouse Plans – Building Right

Your kids are demanding a playhouse, ‘because every one has one daddy’, so what do you do?  Wondering where to start and how to please all the kids?  Tough one all right!  Use the tips in this article to put up a playhouse your children will love and become a hero in their eyes while you are at it.


You can find lots of sites online that offer playhouse plans, some for free and some for a price.  If you don’t find what you are looking for, there’s always the option of building a playhouse with a plan that comes right out of your head, if you are good at carpentry that is.

Before you start building it is recommended that you consult your kids to find out what their ideas are regarding the playhouse.  Sure pandemonium will reign but you can get them organized and let them tell you what they want.  This really should be the basis of your construction because at the end of the day the play house if for them.  Moreover their involvement will make them feel important.

Here are some guidelines to consider when making your playhouse plans.

  • The most important aspect of the playhouse is safety.  Your children who no doubt are extremely precious to you will be playing inside a great deal of the time and you don’t want their safety compromised in any way.  If you choose solid materials to build the playhouse the weight alone will hold it down steady.  Of course you can always give it additional support should you so desire.
  • Always choose a spot in the garden that is far away from the house for starters because of the noise levels that are sure to emanate from inside.  Also make sure that when you construct the playhouse it is turned away from the direction of the wind.
  • Level the spot you have chosen by raking it over and clearing away all the debris and small stones; it is advisable to choose the most level spot you can find to start off with.  You don’t want to end up with a lopsided playhouse now do you?  Once this is done, you can start on your playhouse plans.  Most plans recommend 2×6 joists made of treated lumber, you will have to take careful measurements and lay them out correctly before nailing them together.  You could put plywood sheeting over the joists to give the kids a smooth surface to walk on.
  • The next step in the playhouse plans will be the walls, which you will need to build similar to the walls of any house.  It is best to create them as individual walls and then put them up by nailing them in place.  Once the walls are up move on to the roof, most playhouse plans suggest a gabbled roof, make sure you take into consideration the climatic conditions of the place where you live and the fact that your kids will be climbing onto the roof at some point. Then move on to decking or adding plywood panels to the roof and sheathing adding plywood panels to the walls.  A tin roof, vinyl roof, roof felt and asphalt are the options for completing the roof.

Now that the playhouse has been successfully completed, move on to painting and there’s no limit really to what you can do in terms of finishing touches.

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