Table of Contents
- 1Introduction, measurements, wood sizes
- 2Material requirements
- 3The Plans
- 4The Plans (continued)
- 5The Instructions
- 6Making the walls
- 7Adding battens, window/door openings
- 8Levelling the floor and standing the walls
- 9Making the roof
- 10Fitting the ridge capping
- 11Fitting the valley boards
- 12Making the door
- 13Fitting the door
Introduction, measurements, wood sizes
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 ( ).
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.
Below is a table giving the approximate size difference between rough and smooth lumber. For this project we used rough – you can use either.
Floor boards and battens
The floorboards and the battens around the top of the walls are of 100mm x 25mm (1″ x 4″) stock.
All the vertical wall battens are of 50mm x 25mm (1″ x 2″) stock.
In this project, we rip (cut lengthwise) 100mm x 25mm (1″ x 4″) stock down the middle to obtain the 50mm x 25mm (1″ x 2″) required for the vertical battens.