Backyard Playhouse Roof Plans

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This step by step diy project is about free elevated playhouse roof plans. This is PART 2 of the simple playhouse project, where I show you how to build the gable roof for the elevated playhouse. The roof is easy to build and it will keep the costs down so you don’t make a hole in the budget. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.

When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.

 

 

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Backyard Playhouse Roof Plans

Building a backyard playhouse

Building a backyard playhouse

 

  • G – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 36″x82″ long, 1 piece – 48″x82″ long, 1 piece – 24″x75″ long WALLS
  • H – 8 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 20 1/4″ long RAFTERS
  • I – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x80″ long ROOF
  • J – 70 sq ft of tar paper, 70 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
  • L – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 49 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 80″ long TRIMS

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Elevated playhouse roof plans

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

The first step of the project is to build the rafters for the playhouse. Make one angle cut to one end using a miter saw. Make a birdsmouth cut to the opposite end of the rafters, as shown in the diagram.

Fitting the gussets

Fitting the gussets

Lay the rafters on a level surface and then fit the 1/2″ plywood gussets over the joints. Align the gussets with attention and then insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Fitting the trusses

Fitting the trusses

Fit the trusses to the top of the playhouse, every 24″ on center, as shown in the diagram. Plumb the trusses with a spirit level and then secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.

Gable supports

Gable supports

Fit 2×4 supports to the front and back gable ends. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and then secure them into place tightly with 2 1/2″ screws.

Front wall panels

Front wall panels

Cut the 3/4″ plywood panels for the front wall at the right size and dimensions. Align the edges flush and insert 6-8d nails to lock them into place tightly, every 8″ along the framing.

Back wall - panels

Back wall – panels

Fit the panels to the back of the elevated playhouse, as well. Leave no gaps between the sheets and secure them into place with 6-8d nails.

Roof sheets

Roof sheets

Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the top of the playhouse. Align the sheets with attention and leave no gaps between them. Insert 1 5/8″ screws every 8″ along the framing, for a professional result. Make sure you center the panel into place, so you get 4″ overhangs on both sides.

Front and back roof trims

Front and back roof trims

Use 1×3 lumber for the front and back roof trims. Make 30 degree cuts to one end of the rafters and then secure them into place with 2″ nails. Align the edges flush.

Side roof tris

Side roof trims

Fit the 1×3 trims to the sides of the playhouse. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ nails to lock the trims into place tightly.

Fitting the roofing

Fitting the roofing

Cover the roof of the playhouse with roofing felt, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Secure the tar paper to the plywood sheets with roofing staples. In addition, cut a 12″ piece for the top ridge. Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under.

Backyard playhouse plans - Back view

Backyard playhouse plans – Back view

You need to check PART 3 of the elevated playhouse project, so you learn how to build the railings and the front door. Check out PART 1 of the project for instructions regarding the frame of the elevated playhouse.

Backyard playhouse plans

Backyard playhouse plans

This playhouse is easy to build, sturdy and it has a nice design. The gable roof has a proper slope so it can drain the water and the snow, even if you live in areas with heavy precipitation.

 

 

This woodworking project was about elevated playhouse roof plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.

 

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