Having their own playhouse is an ideal place of refuge for children, not just in summer when the weather is good. If you plan the house big enough, it will also be a popular spot for teenagers. How you can build the wooden playhouse yourself in five steps, we show you here in the instructions.
Build a playhouse step by step
- Ground anchor
- Mortar (€ 7.79 at Amazon *)
- Profiled wood
- Tar paper
- Bolts and nuts
- Acrylic paint
- circular saw
- Drill (€ 48.00 at Amazon *)
- Cordless screwdriver
- Wood drill
- Ring spanner
- Lacquer bowl
- Spirit level
- Folding rule
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1. To plan
The playhouse should not be built directly on the ground if possible, but it should not be too high, especially for smaller children. A distance of one meter from the ground can be sufficient to provide an adventure place for small children. For good climbers, however, the house can be built two meters high.
2. Foundation and stud frame
Put four point foundations about 60 to 80 centimeters deep into the earth. You can press the ground anchors into the damp mortar. Use the spirit level to check that the anchors are all exactly straight. When the mortar has dried out, the four vertical beams are placed on these anchors.
As a do-it-yourselfer, building a pent roof is easier than a gable roof. To do this, leave the two stands on one side of the house about 50 centimeters longer with a floor area of the house of about two by two meters. The beams must be beveled at the top so that the rafters can be placed here.
3. Floor and wall
At the desired height of the floor, beams are inserted horizontally between the upright beams. You anchor these with bolts and nuts. Horizontal beams are then also used under the roof. In between, battens are screwed to which the profiled timber for the wall is screwed.
Position the slats so that there is still room for windows and doors. Often times, carpenters have smaller old windows that are given away. If this is not the case, you can equip the playhouse with inexpensive basement windows.
An additional cross beam should be screwed in between the four beams that form the lower frame. Decking boards are then screwed onto this as a floor. At the entrance you should build a ladder out of laths. You may also be able to add a slide.
4th. top, roof
You screw a simple OSB panel onto your roof. Tar paper or bitumen sheet is laid over this plate. Make sure that the strips protrude sufficiently. Nail the tar paper on with an electric tacker.
5. To brush
On the one hand, the wood must be protected from the weather and, on the other hand, a playhouse should be bright and colorful. Acrylic paint is ideal for this, as it is available in many bright colors that can be easily processed.Tips & Tricks In a shady place, you can cover the playhouse with double wall sheets. Then paint a colorful tropical landscape on the wooden walls inside and create an exciting jungle with a tree house. However, you should really only do this in shady corners, otherwise it will quickly become too warm in the small room.