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Playhouse Project

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How to build a Kids Play Cottage
Page Contents
1: Introduction, measurements, wood sizes  you are on this page
2: Material requirements
3: Plans - walls and panels
4: Plans - floor and door
5: Cutting the panels, making the floor
6: Making the walls
7: Adding battens, window/door openings

8:  Levelling the floor, standing the walls
9:  Making the roof
10: Fitting the ridge capping
11: Fitting the valley boards
12: Making the door
13: Fitting the door
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kids playhouse with fence

The roof on this kid's cottage does require some thought, but with a bit of patience and by carefully following the plans and instructions you will soon end up with a very professional-looking playhouse.
This plan-set consists of detailed plans followed by step-by-step instructions.
The playhouse is specifically designed to minimize wastage.
When its finished, the cottage will provide hours of fun for the kids!


Floor area - 1600mm x 1600mm (64" x 64");
Overall height- 1900 (76");

The roof and walls of the playhouse are constructed of plywood and battens.
The floor is a basic lumber frame, decked with battens (as floor boards).

About the measurements

All measurements throughout this project are given in both Metric (mm) and Standard/Imperial inches. The measurements are given first in millimeters (mm), followed by inches in brackets ( ).

Wood sizes

The wood sizes (widths and thicknesses) used for this project are as follows;
For the battens: 100mm x 25mm (1" x 4") and 50mm x 25mm (1" x 2")
For the floor frame: 100mm x 50mm (2" x 4")

The lumber sizes given in this project are for rough lumber, i.e., lumber before being dressed, surfaced or made smooth.
If you prefer to use smooth lumber (dressed, surfaced) for the battens and floor frame, the size (width and thickness) will be slightly smaller than the sizes mentioned above.

When dressed, 100mm x 25mm (1" x 4") wood becomes approximately 90mm x 19mm (3/4" x 3 1/2") in size,
50mm x 25mm (1" x 2") wood becomes approximately 45mm x 19mm (3/4" x 1 1/2"),
and 100mm x 50mm (2" x 4") wood becomes approximately 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 3 1/2")

Either smooth or rough stock can be used for this project.