This step by step diy project is about free playhouse with porch roof plans. This is PART 2 of the playhouse project, where I show you how to build the roof. Building the roof for the playhouse is a straight forward process, if you use the right materials and techniques. 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.
Projects made from these plans
Playhouse with Porch Roof Plans
- G – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 13 1/2″x27 1/4″ long WALLS
- H – 5 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 60″ long, 5 pieces – 53 1/4″ long, 5 pieces – 24 3/4″ long RAFTERS
- I – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 12″x96″ long, 1 piece – 48″x96″ long, 1 piece – 24 3/4″x96″ long, 1 piece – 2 3/4″x96″ long ROOF
- J – 100 sq ft of tar paper, 100 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- K – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 97 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 61 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 52″ long, 1 piece – 25 3/4″ long TRIMS
- L – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 24 3/4″ long, 4 pieces – 65 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long PORCH SUPPORTS
How to build a playhouse with roof plans
The first step of the project is to build the rafters for the playhouse. Make the cuts to the 2×2 components after taking accurate measurements. Use a miter saw to make the angle cuts.
Fit the rafters to the top of the playhouse frame. Place the rafters every 24″ on center and then plumb them with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
After attaching the rafters to the playhouse structure, you should fit the 3/4″ plywood panels to the sides of the playhouse. Cut the panels at the right dimensions and then align the edges flush. Make cuts to the panels so you can create the window openings. Use 6d nails to secure the panels, every 8″ along the framing.
Use 2×2 lumber for the porch supports. Cut the components at the right dimensions and lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the plates and then insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. You can adjust the size of the opening so it suits your needs. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Fit the supports to the front of the playhouse. Align the edges flush and plumb the supports vertically. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor.
Make the rest of the rafters for the porch from 2×2 lumber. Make the angle cuts to the rafters, as shown in the free plans.
Fit the rafters to the front porch of the kids playhouse and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes, so you can prevent the wood from splitting.
Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the roof of the playhouse. Align the edges flush and then insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the framing, so you can secure them into place tightly. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result.
Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the other side of the roof. Cut the sheets at the right dimensions and then fit them into place with attention. Align the edges and insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the rafters.
Fit the 1×3 trims to the front and to the back of the playhouse. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ nails to lock them into place tightly.
Use 1×3 lumber for the side roof trims. Make the angle cuts to the trims after taking accurate measurements.
Fit the trims to the sides of the roof. Align the edges flush and then insert 2″ nails, so you can lock them into place tightly.
Cover the roof with tar paper and then install the asphalt shingles. Make sure you also install the appropriate drip edges, so you can seal the shed roof. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for a tight fit.
You need to take a look over PART 1 of the project, so you lean how to build the floor and the frame of the playhouse. Don’t forget to check out PART 3 of the playhouse, so you learn how to build the door, the railing and how to fit the decorative trims.
This playhouse is easy to build, sturdy and it has a nice design. You can choose the appropriate color scheme so it adds value to the backyard and it suits your kids tastes.
This woodworking project was about 8×8 playhouse 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.