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
The interior walls can be covered with the plywood sheet at any time once the roof is finished, building wrap (cover underlay) envelops the structure and the door and windows are installed.
Cover the interior walls with 7mm (11/32″) or thicker plywood. Nail to the studs. Cut out for the door and windows where necessary and also cut the plywood sheets so that any join will be over a stud.
A standard 1200mm (48″) wide plywood sheet will reach from the middle of the bottom plate to the middle of the top plate.
Finish with trim around the windows and door, around the top of the walls and around the bottom of the walls (baseboard, skirting).
Use 20mm x 20mm (3/4″x 3/4″) wood around the windows and 50×25 (1×2) wood for the rest.
A bit of paint, a few curtains, a piece of furniture and the kids have their own private retreat.
Final note. Wind:
A playhouse is usually tucked away in a sheltered part of the garden without any real concern about the wind, and because the playhouse is a heavy and solid structure without much height, it is highly unlikely that it is going to blow away under normal conditions.
If the playhouse is situated in a windy area and there are concerns, then additional securing measures should be taken. The playhouse will need to be fastened against uplift, from the footings to the roof.
1.) Concrete a pile or post into the ground under each corner and fasten to the bottom plate with a metal strap or similar type of fastener. (This doesn’t apply to concrete floors).
2.) At each corner fasten the bottom plate to the stud with a metal strap or similar type of fastener.
3.) At each corner fasten the stud to the top plate with a metal strap or similar type of fastener.
4.) At each corner fasten the top plate to the rafter with a metal strap or similar type of fastener.