Do It Yourself: How To Make A Two Story Child's Playhouse

Build a two-story play house for your kids in your back yard with some lumber and some easy steps.

Building a two-story playhouse is not as difficult as you might think it would be. To start with, you will need to check with your local codes and permits department to find out if you need a building permit for this two-story building. After the legalities are resolved, you must then choose a suitable building site. This site will need to be level, and it will need to 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 playhouse. It can be as large or as small as you choose, but building it six feet square and eight feet high should be more than adequate. Next, you will need four wooden stakes, a hammer, a ball of string, and a measuring tape. Measure out the desired length and width, then pound the stakes into the ground to mark these measurements. 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.

The third step is to lay the foundation for your child's two-story playhouse. 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 ten-penny nails. Next, you will need several more two by fours to make the frame of the floor with. Measure and cut four of the pieces and lay them out on top of the existing frame. Then, nail them together at the corners with ten-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 eight inches apart across the floor. The final step in laying the foundation for your child's two - story playhouse is to measure, cut, and nail sheets of quarter - inch plywood across the top of the frame.

Now that the foundation is ready, the next step is to build the frames of the walls. The easiest way to do this is to start with eight foot two by fours. These pieces will be doubled up and used at the corner posts. To build the remainder of the walls, you will need to start by measuring and cutting eight additional two by fours that are the width of the walls. Then, nail the eight foot long pieces together, two at a time, so you end up with four sturdy two by fours. Brace these pieces up on the corners of the foundation; nail them into place.

The fifth step is to nail the two by fours- that are the width of the playhouse- into place with ten-penny nails. One piece of wood will run across the foundation, while the second will be positioned and nailed halfway up the doubled corner posts. You will also need two by fours nailed around the perimeter at the very top. Now, you will need to measure and cut several additional two by fours to fill in the sides of three of the wall frames. Use ten-penny nails to secure these wood pieces in between the top and bottom frame pieces.

On the fourth wall of your child's two - story playhouse, where the exterior door will be located, you will need to basically repeat the above process in order to build the wall. However, you will need to make a few changes. After you have the outer frame completed, measure and mark out where the doorway will be. 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.

Now that the first floor of the playhouse is framed in, you will need to basically repeat the process in order to make the floor frame as well as the second story wall frames. Measure and cut several two by fours that are the inside length of the playhouse. Then, nail these wood pieces in between the existing frame with ten-penny nails. Cover the frame of the second - story floor with quarter inch thick plywood. Then, build the second story walls the same way you built the lower walls.

Finally, you will need to build the frame for the roof. Measure and cut a two by four board the length of your child's 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 eight inches apart. Complete the roof by cutting and laying down sheets of plywood. Cover the plywood with tarpaper and shingles, and the roof is complete.

Measure the door opening, then cut enough two by fours to make up the width of the opening. Lay the boards on a flat surface, side by side. Cut three two by fours the width of the door, and nail one across the top of the door, one across the middle, and one across the bottom. This will be the inside of the door. Install hinges and a latch on the door, then it will be ready to hang. After you put the swinging door on your wood shed, and cover the frame with siding, the entire playhouse is now ready to be painted or stained.

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