Build a playhouse
A playhouse is a must have wooden working project for any kid. Although the first thought might be that a playhouse is expensive, most of the people don’t realize that building a diy construction can be done in just an weekend, if the right outdoor playhouse plans are used. In fact, anyone can get the job done in just a few days, if you pay attention to several aspects. The best part is that you could save a significant amount of money and create something beautiful with your hands. Take into account the following aspects, to obtain a professional result.
1. Planning the design of the playhouse
You should start from professional building plans, developed by persons with a solid background in construction. You can find many plans on the internet, starting with simple constructions up to complex two-stories playhouses. Some plans are free, while for others you have to pay a small fee (no more than 15 dollars). The best plans come with step by step instructions and a list with all the materials and tools required for the job. If you want to obtain a unique design, you could combine more plans, choosing the features that fir your needs. We recommend you to involve your kids in the planning process, as they can come with great ideas.
Choose a proper location for the playhouse, if you want to make it a focus point of you backyard. From our experience, we recommend you to leave at least a couple of feet around the playhouse, to let your kids play freely. It would also be a great idea to build a wooden sandbox in the proximity of the Wendy house.
Make sure you buy the best materials you could afford, as you want to build a durable construction. Build the floor of the playhouse from 2×4 joists and lock them together with 3” screws. Make sure the corners are right-angled, using a carpentry square. Attach 3/4” plywood sheets to the playhouse, to build the flooring. Afterwards, build the walls from 2×2 lumber and install them into place with 3” screws. Plumb the walls with a spirit level, to get the job done as a professional
Install the 5/8” siding to the exterior of the playhouse and secure the panels with 1 1/4” nails. Install the trims around the door and window openings. Afterwards, fir the rafters and the roofing sheets. Use a spirit level, to make sure the to of the roof is perfectly level. Connect the plywood sheets together and secure them to the rafters with 2” nails. Last but not least, install tar paper and asphalt shingles, to make the construction waterproof.
3. Enhancing the look of the playhouse
In order to add character to the playhouse, we recommend you to build a small balcony or to build a small deck. These are little details but they can change dramatically the look of the wooden construction. In addition, install 1×3 trims around the windows, door and corners, as to obtain a neat look. Fill the gaps and the holes with wood putty, before sanding the wooden surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Apply several coats of paint to protect the lumber from rot and to enhance the look of the playhouse. Work with great acre and attention, if you want to get the job done properly from the very beginning. If you don’t have enough time or woodworking skills to get the job done, you should hire a professional with a solid background in the field. This will increase the coats by at least 30%, but the result will fit your needs and tastes.
Last but not least, you could also choose a great compromise between the the costs and benefits. Therefore, playhouse kits have attractive prices and come with all the components pre-cut. Just follow the step-by-step instructions included in the kit and assemble the components with great care. Ask a friend to hold the components into place, while you drive in the screws.