How to Build a Play House

If you are going to build a play house, be prepared to spend about a week on the project. If it is going to be a large one, it may take even longer. Just make sure to plan ahead.

Required Tools and Materials

Wood planks (2 x 6s and 2 x 4s)
Roofing felt
Construction tools (saw, hammer, and drill)
3/2 inch wood screws
Galvanized nails

Step 1

Decide where the playhouse will be located. Make sure the play house will be accessible yet not get in the way.

Step 2

Get the necessary building permits. Most of the time, this will not be needed, but it is better to be sure.

Step 3

Measure the available space. Calculate the specific dimensions of the structure. This will help you determine how much lumber is needed. Make a sketch of the structure. Use it as a guide.

Step 4

Get rid of all the debris in the area you will build a play house. Create the frame with the wood planks. Make sure the frame is level and square.

Step 5

Saw and fasten the floorboards with the wood screws. Cut the walls from the 2 x 4s. After the walls are erect, fasten it in place with the galvanized nails. Start with the back wall. Nail in the middle back rim joist.

Step 6

Fasten all the walls together. Set the 2 x 4s on the top wall corners to hold the walls together.

Step 7

The next step is to frame the play house windows. Next, frame the door as well. To make the wall sheathing, utilize the ½ inch plywood. You can also use groove sheathing.

Step 8

Get the rafters and the ½ inch plywood to make the roof. Put the shingles on.

Step 9

Put the windows and door in their respective positions. Use the galvanized nails to fasten them.

Step 10

The final step is to paint the structure. The colors and style is entirely up to you. Allow the paint to dry.

Tips and Warnings

Unless you know how to add the wiring, hire an electrician to do it for you. Be careful when using construction tools. If the project is plumbed, you will need to put in water supply. Always make sure that you have enough wood planks for the job.

If you want to build a play house, you can also make use of a reclaimed shed. This can hasten the building process. This can save you time.

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