This step by step diy project is about diy playhouse plans. I have designed this small playhouse with front porch so you can get the job done with a small budget and with basic tools. This playhouse has been optimized so you can use the littlest amount of materials and save time. This playhouse is the perfect addition to any backyard. 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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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DIY Playhouse Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 84″ long, 6 pieces – 93″long FLOOR FRAME
- B – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 84″ long SKIDS
- C – 17 pieces of 5/4″ decking – 84″ long DECKING
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 5 pieces – 45″ long, 1 piece – 6″ long, 1 piece – 20″ long, 2 pieces – 30 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- E – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 77″ long, 6 pieces – 45″ long, 1 piece – 6″ long, 1 piece – 20″ long, 2 pieces – 27 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 4 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 48 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 77″ long, 6 pieces – 45″ long BACK WALL
- G – 2 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 48″x72″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x84″ long EXTERIOR WALLS
- H – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 32″ long POSTS
- 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 8 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 17 pieces of 5/4 decking – 8′
- 24 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 6d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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How to build a playhouse
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the playhouse. Cut the joists at the right dimensions and then lay them on a level surface. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the joists together tightly. Place the joists every 16″ on center.
Fit the 4×4 skids under the frame, as shown in the diagram. Use rafter ties to lock the skids to the frame tightly.
Make cuts to a decking board, so you can fit it into place tightly. Use a circular saw to make the notch, so you can fit it around the porch posts.
Fit the posts to the frame and plumb them with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 3 1/2″ lag screws into the posts.
Fit the 5/4″ decking boards to the floor of the frame. Place a nail between the boards, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Building the side walls for the playhouse is a straight forward process. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. Frame large window openings to the side walls. You can adjust the size of the window openings to suit your needs.
Build the front wall for the playhouse from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and frame a window opening, as well as a door opening.
Use 2×4 lumber for the back wall frame. Cut the studs and the plates at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Fit the wall frames to the base of the playhouse. Align the edges flush and plumb them with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates of the walls and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Moreover, you need to lock the adjacent walls together tightly with 2 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes.
Use 1/2″ plywood for the exterior walls. Mark the cut lines on the sheets and then make the window openings and the door opening. Align the edges flush and then insert 6-8d nails every 8″ along the framing.
Fit the panels to the sides of the playhouse, as well. Make the window opening with a saw. Align the edges flush and insert 6-8d nails, every 8″ along the framing.
Fit the panel to the back wall, as well.
This playhouse has a beautiful appearance and it features a small front porch. This playhouse is super easy to build by anyone with basic skills and tools. If you are a weekend DIY-er, this project will be a nice change of pace and an opportunity to step up your game.
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