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Summer break is here and my little ones (4 and 6) love to spend time outside. We haven’t had the opportunity to build a pool yet, but we wanted them to have something to be excited about and busy with, so we built a:
DIY Kids Playhouse!
I searched and researched for the perfect playhouse instructions and layout, but they all tiny details here and there that we needed to change, so we followed the Wendy House on Things to Build website and made it our own. Below I am listing all of the items needed for this playhouse, step-by-step directions with pictures, and where to get all of your materials.
We went all the way with this playhouse which you don’t have to. We used siding, curtains, flowers, stained the deck, ordered an outdoor rug for the inside of the house, a little table and chairs set, a small a/c unit and throw pillows, so yeah, we over did it. My husband is considering insulating the inside of the house as well, so you don’t have to be as crazy as us since kids would be equally happy with plywood all around it.
Materials Used For Flooring & Frame:
- 27 pieces of 2×3 studs 8′ long
- 30 pieces of dog ear picket fence 6′ long (decking and inside of the house)
- 15 pieces of 7.25 studs 12′ long
- 7 pieces of 2×6 studs 8′ long
- Treated plywood for door and shutters
- 1 treated stud 2×4 8′ long
- Deck screws
GAF Roofing Materials:
- 7 pieces of sanded plywood
- Underlayment: FeltBuster® High Traction Synthetic Roofing Felt
- Timberline® shingles
- Hip and Ridge Caps:
- Seal-A-Ridge® Protective Ridge Cap Shingles; Seal-A-Ridge®
- Nails: 1 ¼” galvanized steel roofing nails
- Nails: 1” – 1 ¼” round plastic cap roofing nail
- 4 Drip caps 10′ long
Where to Buy:
We followed the cuts and layout from Things To Build, even though we didn’t use the plywood to cover the house. Google Wendy House plans for more options. Below is how we did it:
STEP 1 – Build the deck/foundation: Cut all the lumber as per the list above
Step Two: Build The Base & Flooring
On a leveled ground, build a rectangle by nailing the two longer studs (a) to two of the shorter studs (b). Nail another four intermediate joists (b) evenly spaced inside of the new built rectangle.
Cut the decking pieces to length (92″) and nail it to the base:
Step Three: The Wall Frames
Lay out the bottom pieces (d) on the floor to form a new rectangle (48″ x 92″) and start putting your walls together.
No Window Side:
Front (we measured the brace pieces as we went):
Nail all the frames together:
(Please don’t mind our walls and windows. We primed the entire house as we plan on painting it this summer)
Step four: the roof frame
This seems tricky but it’s actually easy. Although you can find the complete tutorial for the roofing frame here, we built ours based on the picture and graph above.
The Things to Build suggests the following for siding and roof, but we wanted to apply siding to the house and used the plywood solely for the roofing. If you plan on dressing the entire playhouse in plywood, please follow the picture below. If you want to use siding, only use their suggested roof measurements.
My daughter supervising daddy and her uncle Steven. They did a tremendous job with this house when it was over 90 degrees and no breeze! A big thank you to them and to my little one for supervising the big boys!
Step 5 – Install FeltBuster® & Timberline® shingles. This was a particularly easy step. It is without a doubt a DIY Roofing process.
Voila! Fully installed in minutes!!
Gorgeous right?? 🙂
And that’s it!! Paint the house, add your details and accessories and let the kids have the time of their lives!
Let’s take a closer look to our Playhouse on 123 Main Street:
Because I received so many requests about the costs, I went back and looked up my receipts. Here’s the detailed cost of this playhouse (minus paint, stains and props):
Wood Cost – $173.86
Roofing – $153.70
Total Cost – $327.56
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