How To Build Outdoor Playhouses How To Build Outdoor Playhouses

Building an outdoor playhouse is an extensive task that can be a fun filled and fulfilling project. There is no joy quite like children enjoying your creation and laughing merrily while using it. To begin the project, there are a few things that you need to do in order to build a sturdy yet enjoyable playhouse.

Location and Joists
To begin with, you need to choose a good location for erecting a playhouse. Select a site that is fairly level and has good drainage. Next, we need to build the front and rear rim joists, which can be accomplished by using two 8' lengths of 2" x 6" lumber rated for outdoor use.

Level the site
Level the floor using a rake and shovel. Place a carpenter’s level on top of the rim joists to ensure that the surface is in level. For floor joists and other inner joists, cut five pieces of 2" x 6" x 7' 9" lumber rated for outdoor use. To secure each end of the inner floor joists and the side rim joists, use two 12d 3 1/4" galvanized common nails.

Building Walls
The walls are built on the ground, and nailed into place once they are made to stand up. For the wall studs, cut nineteen 5' 6" lengths of 2" x 4" from 12' lengths. Set the rear wall in place directly over the rear rim joist and the floor. For the top and bottom plates, use two 8' lengths of 2" x 4”. Side walls are identical and are made by cutting four 2" x 4" x 65" pieces from 12' lengths for the top and bottom plates. Once done, set the side wall in place, butted up against the end of the rear wall and flushed with the edges of the side rim joist. Use 16d 3 1/2" nails to nail the wall into place. Ensure that the wall is in level and then secure it to the end of the back wall with 8D 2 ½” common nails. Repeat process for the other wall. The front wall is similar and once again, Use two 2" x 4" x 8' pieces for the top and bottom plates.

Building posts

For the porch posts, cut three 4" x 4" x 6' 2 ½” pieces of lumber rated for outdoor use. Next, cut a 3 ½”-long by 1 1/8”-deep notch at the top of the front face of each post. For the top plates, insert a 2" x 4" x 8' into the top notches of the front posts as a ledger board and cut two 2" x 4" x 7' 9" pieces from 8' lengths for the lateral top plates. Similarly, cut three 2" x 4" x 7' 5" pieces from 8' lengths for the front, middle and rear plates.


Now, your project is almost complete with all that is left is the window and door framing and roofing. For windows, cut six lengths of 2" x 4" to serve as window nailers. Next, cut a 2" x 4" x 2' for the header above the front door. For the roof, use a 2" x 6" x 8' board for the roof ridge beam. Build support posts for all the beams as needed.

All that is left now is to do the finishing touches like sheathing, buffing and painting. These can be done as desired and you can give the playhouse a look that you desire.

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