Playhouse Plans: How To Build A Backyard Play House

Do it yourself instructions for building a fun playscape for your kids.

You can bring a whole new world of fun to your little ones by building them a backyard playhouse! It's not as hard as you think it may be, as long as you have the right materials and a Saturday free in which to do it!

The first step is to choose a suitable site. This plot of land will need to be level and have good soil drainage. After you have chosen your location, you will then need to clear it of rocks, trees, et cetera.

The next step is to decide the dimensions of the backyard play house. A nice - sized playhouse would be six feet by eight feet. You must decide the height of the playhouse in accordance with the sizes of your kids. Once your kids outgrow it, you can easily add onto it in order to increase its size for them. You will need four wooden stakes, a hammer, a ball of string, and a measuring tape to stake the playhouse out. Measure out the desired length and width, then pound the stakes into the ground to mark these dimensions. Then, attach the string to the stakes, all the way around. To make sure that the outline is squared, you will need to measure the area diagonally. Measure the left top corner to the right bottom corner, and the right top corner to the left bottom corner; these measurements must be the same.



Now it is time to lay the foundation for the playhouse for your kids. You will need four two by fours cut to the proper sizes. Lay the wood inside the stakes, then remove the stakes and place the pieces together. Nail them together at the corners with eight-penny nails. Next, you will need several two by fours to make the frame of the floor with. Measure and cut four of the two by fours and lay them out on top of the existing frame. Then, nail them together at the corners with eight-penny nails. Attach the top frame to the bottom frame all the way around by pounding in additional nails. The remaining two by fours will be measured, cut and used to complete the inside of the top frame. Space them about twelve inches apart so the floor will be strong and durable to handle the energetic pounding of kids' feet. The final step in laying the foundation for the backyard playhouse is to measure, cut, and nail sheets of quarter-inch plywood across the top of the frame.

With the foundation completed, you will need to build and add the frames of the walls. You will need several two by fours for this purpose too. For the back wall, measure and cut two of the two by fours the length of the woodshed. Then, measure and cut four more for the ends; the length will be determined by the height of your shed. Nail two of the end pieces together to make a sturdy corner piece, and repeat with the other two end pieces. Then, nail all four pieces of wood together to make the wall frame. Use additional two by fours to fill in the frame; space them about ten inches apart.

Basically, you will repeat the process in order to build the front wall, with one exception. Since you need to install a doorway in the front, you will need to make a few changes. After you have the outer frame completed, measure and mark out where the doorway will be. The doorway in the playhouse should be about two feet wide and as high as you think will be necessary. Each side of the doorway frame will be made out of two - two by fours nailed together. Measure and cut a two by four piece of wood for the door header too. Finally, measure and cut two by fours to fill in the wall frame, and nail in the three pieces for the doorframe.

After you build the sidewalls in the same fashion that you built the back wall, it will be time to stand the walls up and nail them to the foundation by using ten-penny nails. Cover the wall frames with sheets of quarter - inch plywood or pressed wood.

The next step is to build the frame for the roof. Measure and cut a two by four board the length of the backyard playhouse. Nail this piece on the top of the front wall. Now, measure and cut three two by fours for the sides and the back, and nail these pieces on too. Use additional two by fours to fill in the roof frame; space them about eight inches apart. Complete the roof by cutting and laying down sheets of quarter - inch plywood or pressed wood. Then, cover the wood with tarpaper and shingles, and the roof is complete.

To build the door, you will need to measure the opening. Then, measure and cut out a piece of plywood big enough to equal those dimensions minus a half-inch on all sides. Measure and cut two - two by fours that are the width of the plywood. Then, measure and cut two more two by fours that are the height of the door. Lay these pieces out square onto the plywood door for support. Finally, nail them securely onto the plywood with short nails. Install hinges and a latch on the door, and hang it up onto the backyard playhouse.

Now that you have the playhouse basically built for your kids, you may want to add a window or two for natural lighting. An easy way to do this is to use a pencil and a measuring tape to measure and mark a nice - sized space in between a wall frame. Then, make a starter hole in the wall with an electric drill, and cut the window out with a saber saw. Use wood strips to frame the top, bottoms, and sides of the window.

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