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How to Build a Wooden Playhouse for Kids
by Evie Jones on May 22, 2017

1. The Wendy house

This playhouse has a feminine design hence the name. You can add few customization and design to make it unique. Generally, the house is 78 inches high with a length of 92 inches and 48 inches in the width. It also has 28 inches deck at the front giving it a true house appearance. You need to have the best cordless drill and the lumber size should be finished or the “actual” size. The lumber used as the base of the playhouse should be treated and be of 1.5 inches by 5.5 inches in size. The floor’s deck boards should be ¾ inches by 3.5 inches. However, can be 5/4 inches by 6 inches or even 1.5 inches by 3.5 as long it covers 50 square feet.

The framing of Wendy house should be done using 1.5 inches by 2.5 inches lumber which has been surfaced as 2 by 3, if this is not available in your area, you can use the one dressed as 2 by 4 but ensure you make the necessary adjustments. However, the ridge beam should be 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches which are dressed as 2 by 4; you can also buy one dressed as 2 by 6 if this is not available but ensure you adjust it accordingly. The house’s posts should be 1.5 inches by 2.5 inches lumber.`

 

 

2.  Freely imagined playhouse

This a traditional playhouse plan which is a perfect fit for any backyard as it can be customized according to your desire. It bears a simple design hence allows you to personalize its design so that the playhouse’s design fits your desire and family style. Although it has a traditional appearance, one can use different materials so that the entire house can have a modern look. It is just how amazing how the use of a different color palate can change the entire outlook of your entire playhouse so that it looks modern.

 

3.  Easy kids indoor playhouse

The playhouse is simple to make and has an attractive appearance. This is a straight forward project which requires Simpson’s strong woods which will be used as mending plates, angles or even ties plates. This project is also easy to accomplish as it only takes two days. Its frame requires 2 by 4 dressed kinds of wood you should also use the best cordless drill to ensure its firm. After nailing the plank’s tongue and groove, you will be ready to equip the playhouse with furniture.  The tie connectors are so strong that they do not call for any fancy tool; you only require the cordless drill, hammer, brad nailer and a saw. The mending plates are important as they ensure that the tongue and groove fit and sit flush to the frames and are placed on the exterior sides of the frame. The tie plate, on the other hand, is used on the interior side of the frame so that the playhouse can be stable and strong.

4. Cool cob playhouse

The house remains cool during summer and remains dry inside during winters. You should use very strong and sturdy wood as the frame since the roof is heavy. You should then set soil on the roof and prepare it for planting. The living roof should have a depth of 5 inches with a well-dried roofing tar at the bottom, so as to prevent the rotting of the cob and plywood since it acts as a moisture barrier. You should then place a thin layer of gravel on top of the tar, and then a thin layer of cotton should follow and finally place soil on it. It is important that the roof’s wood is spaced by 2 by 4 so that the soil stays in place. In addition, ensure there is enough drainage along the edges to allow for excess water to flow out. You should have a lot of plenty roof, all around that hangs away from the house. You should paint the inside and ensure the outside is stained as a way of keeping the wood dry.  You should then set up a fencing using wood strips so as to hold the layers in place.

Use more rocks and soil at the base to give the playhouse more thermal mass hence ensuring it remains cool during winter. Thermal mass absorbs heat during the day and releases it at night hence ensuring it remains cool throughout the day. The wall of the playhouse is just mud hence you will only be required to buy sand. You should mix natural clay with sand and straw and set up the wall. After the wall dries completely there will be cracks all around and that is why the final layer is necessary. The final layer calls for the mixing of sifted clay, cattailfluff, and sand. This will help you in the filling of the cracks and give your playhouse an attractive light-brown finish. You can also use horse dung in place of catfluff as it works fine especially since it has more fiber. 


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