This step by step diy project is about free 8×8 playhouse plans. I have designed this super simple gable playhouse with front porch, so you can surprise your kids with a wonderful gift. This playhouse is sturdy and easy to build. Read the local codes before starting the project, so you comply with the legal requirements. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.
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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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8×8 Playhouse Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 93″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long BACK WALL
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 4 piece – 57″ long, 2 pieces – 34″ long, 2 pieces – 16″ long, 4 pieces – 22 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 – 32 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 6 pieces – 57″ long, 8 pieces – 18 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 53 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 27″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 57″ long BACK WALL
- G – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 56 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long POSTS
- 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 10′
- 13 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 18 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4 1/2″ screws
- shed anchor
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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- PART 1: 8×8 Playhouse Plans
- PART 2: 8×8 Playhouse Roof Plans
- PART 3: 8×8 Playhouse Trims and Railings Plans
It’s that simple to build a large playhouse!
Building a 8×8 playhouse
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame from 2×4 lumber. Cut the joists at the dimensions shown in the plans and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the perimeter joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular joists. Make sure the edges are aligned and check if the corners are square. Place the joists every 16″ on center.
Fit the 4×4 skids under the floor frame and secure them into place with 5 1/2″ screws. The joists will lift the frame from the ground to protect it from the elements.
Select the location for the playhouse and then remove the vegetation layer. Level the surface with a spirit level. Attach 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame and align the edges with attention. Leave no gaps between the sheets and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
The next step of the project is to build the side walls from 2×4 lumber. Cut all the components at the right dimensions, after taking accurate measurements. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Fit the studs every 24″ on center. As you can see in the plans, you need to frame a small windows so you let the light in the playhouse.
Build the front wall for the playhouse. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then assemble the frames using the same techniques described above. Frame the front door opening to suit your needs.
Build the back wall frame using the same techniques described above.
Lay the frames to the floor of the playhouse, as shown in the plans. Align the edges with attention and plumb them with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the floor. Make sure the corners are square and lock the adjacent walls together with 2 1/2″ screws.
Use 4×4 lumber for the porch posts. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then lock them into place with 5″ screws. Make sure the corners are square.
Make sure you check PART 2 and PART 3 of the project so you learn how to build the roof and how to fit the decorative trims.
This is a basic playhouse you can build in one weekend with common tools and materials. Check out PART 2 of the project to learn more on how to build the lean to roof for the playhouse. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.
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.