How to Build a Child's Play House

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Any child loves to have his or her own playhouse. A playhouse gives your child a sense of personal space and independence. With the right tools and materials, a playhouse can be built on your own for much less that it would cost to hire a carpenter. Building a playhouse is a creative endeavor, and a playhouse can accent your home and be a lovely addition to your lawn and garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Lumber
  • Concrete blocks
  • Sand
  • Roofing materials
  • Flooring materials
  • Sheetrock
  • Door and windows
  • Draw out your plan and determine the dimensions and specifications of the playhouse. Include the door, window and roof in your drawing. Allow for a 12-inch overhang on the roof. Use standard sizes for a door and small windows. A door and windows can be purchased at building stores such as Home Depot. Playhouse parts can also be purchased from specialty companies such as Lilliput Play Homes. The playhouse should be at least 6 feet square and 8 feet high.

  • Rake and level the ground where you want to place the playhouse. Position concrete blocks surrounded by packed sand in the ground where each corner of the playhouse will be. Place an additional concrete block halfway between each corner block. You should have a total of eight footers. Make sure the blocks are aligned and that the tops are level with one another.

  • Build a frame with support beams for the floor using 2-by-4's. Support beams should be placed every 16 inches, measuring from the center of each board.

  • Build frames with beams for the walls using 2-by-4's. Build internal frames where windows and a door will be fitted. Screw the wall frames and floor frame together. Line the interior floor frame with quarter-inch or half-inch plywood. Sheath the exterior sidewalls with paneling. Leave the front and back alone for now. Nail flat 2-by-6's to the top of the side walls so that they are flush on the inside of the house and create an overhang on the outside of the house. These will be the playhouse eaves.

  • Build peaked roof trusses using 2-by-4's. The ends of the trusses should come flush with the outside edges of the eaves. Attach wood trusses every 16 inches by screwing through, and up from, the bottom of the eaves.

  • Create rafters by attaching two rows of perpendicular 2-by-4's between each of the wood trusses to create rafters---one row for each side of the roof, placed halfway between the peak and the edge of the roof. Line the front and back walls along with the trusses with paneling. Cap the ends of the trusses with fascia board. Sheath, tar paper and shingle the roof.

  • Sheetrock and paint the interior walls and ceiling. Insert the windows and the door. Treat and paint the exterior. The floor can be carpeted, but linoleum is much easier to keep clean. Your playhouse windows can also be embellished with mock shutters on the outside and curtains on the inside. Work with your kids to decide on decorations, colors and themes.

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