DIY Kids Playhouse

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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!

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy 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:

Where to Buy:

I found all of my material at Lowes. They have a specific aisle for all GAF Roofing and you can buy samples before deciding on a color, which was probably the hardest part of the project 🙂

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

STEP-BY-STEP DIRECTIONS:

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

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

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.

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse
Cut the decking pieces to length (92″) and nail it to the base:

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse
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.

Window Side:

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

No Window Side:

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Back:

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Front (we measured the brace pieces as we went):

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse
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)

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse
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.

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

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.

 

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

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!

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Step 5 – Install FeltBuster® & Timberline® shingles. This was a particularly easy step. It is without a doubt a DIY Roofing process.

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Voila! Fully installed in minutes!!

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Gorgeous right?? 🙂

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

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:

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

Easy DIY Kids Playhouse

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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30 Comments

  1. May 31, 2017 / 4:07 PM

    I can’t believe how cute this is!!! The kids are adorable! They look so happy! What a great project’

    • Marta McCue
      June 1, 2017 / 12:35 PM

      Thank you K! They’re loving it!!! And so is Cooper! Haha

  2. May 31, 2017 / 4:17 PM

    Looks adorable Marta! My house next 🙂

    • Marta McCue
      June 1, 2017 / 12:36 PM

      Let me know when 😉

  3. Ashley frank
    May 31, 2017 / 4:27 PM

    That’s amazing! Your kids must love it!

    • Marta McCue
      June 1, 2017 / 12:37 PM

      Thank you Ashley, and yes, they do!! Next, they’re going to ask me for an attached car garage! Ha.

  4. Courtney
    May 31, 2017 / 4:43 PM

    Oh my goodness this is amazing!! Great job!!

    • Marta McCue
      June 1, 2017 / 12:37 PM

      Thank you so much Courtney!! Xo

  5. Loren.deardorff@gmail.com
    May 31, 2017 / 4:51 PM

    This is insanely adorable ???

    • Marta McCue
      June 1, 2017 / 12:38 PM

      Thank you Loren! I still have to work on the inside though 😉

  6. May 31, 2017 / 7:38 PM

    Oh my goodness this is super adorable! You make it look easy

    • Marta McCue
      June 1, 2017 / 12:38 PM

      Thank you Mysha, and it was pretty easy! The heat was the worst part :-/

  7. June 1, 2017 / 8:09 AM

    This is the cutest little house ever! We built a playhouse for our kids and they loved it! I remember having one as a kid and wanted our kids to make memories in one like we did! Great job!

    • Marta McCue
      June 1, 2017 / 12:39 PM

      That’s awesome! I never had a playhouse but my dad built us a spaceship and we lived in that thing, so I wanted the same type of memories for my kids 🙂

  8. Beth
    June 1, 2017 / 10:29 AM

    I’m beyond impressed Marta! That’s some serious talent you have! Love it!!!

    • Marta McCue
      June 1, 2017 / 12:40 PM

      Thank you sweet Beth! Xoxo

    • Marta McCue
      June 1, 2017 / 12:41 PM

      Thank you Stephanie! The inside is not as cute though! That’s still work in progress lol

  9. June 1, 2017 / 1:19 PM

    This is so adorable. This needs to be shared around. Lovely helpful post. Pinned.

    • Marta McCue
      June 1, 2017 / 3:04 PM

      Aww thank you so much Leanna!!

  10. Jocelyn
    June 4, 2017 / 9:04 AM

    Can you give the details on the Windows and door?

    • Marta McCue
      June 4, 2017 / 9:14 AM

      Sure! For the door I got a piece of thick plywood cut to size and spray painted it black. The windows are hard plastic that I got at Lowes (they also cut those to size) and I painted a french window frame on them. Let me know if you need more details or up-close pictures! Thank you.

  11. Vanessa
    June 4, 2017 / 2:45 PM

    This looks amazing!!!! How much did it cost you to make if you don’t mind me asking.?.

    • Marta McCue
      June 4, 2017 / 4:50 PM

      Hi Vanessa, thank you so much for your kind words! The total cost of the wood was right under $180 and the roofing was close to $150.

  12. Teresa ivey
    June 5, 2017 / 2:07 PM

    Pics of inside? I’m having trouble figuring out what we want inside!

    • Marta McCue
      June 5, 2017 / 2:13 PM

      Hi Teresa! The inside is completely empty for now. We’ve had rain for the past week and will be raining for another two weeks, so until the weather clears up, I won’t be adding anything else inside. Once the sun decides to return, I will be furnishing the playhouse, my husband wants to insulate the walls and I’m planning on installing outdoor rugs as carpet. Stay tuned as I will be posting the inside pictures soon 🙂

  13. Ferlona
    June 7, 2017 / 8:53 PM

    Isn’t it hot in there in the summer?

    • Marta McCue
      June 7, 2017 / 9:39 PM

      Yes and that’s why we are planning to insulate the house and bring in the portable a/c but the door is open at all times and the house has shade about 2/3 of the day, so it’s not bad at all 🙂

  14. Alison M Ligmanowski
    October 28, 2017 / 10:04 PM

    What are the dimensions of the inside and full house? It is adorable!

    • Marta McCue
      November 3, 2017 / 7:53 PM

      Thank you Alison! It’s about 6’ wide and 4’ in depth. The inside is big enough for two kids. I painted my daughter’s side in a light pink and my son’s side in a light blue/green. I also dry walled the house recently. I am working on a new blog post to showcase the inside 😊

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