Table of Contents
- 1Build a playhouse by Les Kenny
- 2Identifying the members
- 3Lumber and materials information
- 4Shopping and Cutting lists
- 5Plans - Footprint and front elevation
- 6Plans - Rear and Side Elevation
- 7Plans - Roof, cuts and angles
- 8Making a wood floor
- 9Making a concrete floor
- 10Making the playhouse wall frames
- 11Making the playhouse roof frame
- 12Putting on the playhouse roof cover
- 13Putting on the playhouse wall cover
- 14Making the door
- 15Making the playhouse door frame
- 16Installing the playhouse door
- 17How to make a playhouse window
- 18Making the window sash
- 19Installing the playhouse window
- 20Playhouse Gable and Soffit
- 21Inside finishing
Build a playhouse by Les Kenny
Built like a real house.
This is a very sturdy playhouse, constructed along the lines of a real house.
And although this little playhouse is only 1800mm x 1800mm (6ft x 6ft), You could use the same basic principles to build a larger structure.
This in-depth article to some extent is a peep into how to build a real house – albeit in this case, a miniature.
This article will show how to build wall-frames, make a door, make a window, make the roof, do the siding, in fact many aspects of building a house – even how to make a concrete floor slab.
And… there are a few different options on how to do things.
The dimensions are:
- Floor – 1800mm x 1800mm (6ft x 6ft);
- Height inside – 1850mm (74″);
- Height overall – 2100mm (7ft);
All the framing lumber, walls and roof are made using 100×50 (2×4) stock. 100×50 (2×4) is a very common size lumber and is readily available at most lumber yards. In some cases it can be less expensive than a smaller stock size, however you can use a smaller size framing lumber such as 75×50 (2×3), as long as you make the necessary adjustments to achieve the same overall dimensions.
The exterior covering (both walls and roof) is covered with a cement fibreboard, a horizontal lap siding (clapboard, weather board) that is increasingly out-performing its lumber counterpart. The roof and walls are of the same material purely as a convenience.
Cement fibreboard siding is now very obtainable and its popularity is growing fast. It is user-friendly, very strong, resistant to fires, insects and rot, and looks good. More about where to obtain it can be found in the ‘Lumber and materials information’ page.