This step by step diy project is about free diy playhouse roof plans. This is PART 2 of the playhouse with porch design, where I show you how to build the gable roof. The gable roof has a 30 degree slope, so it is ideal for areas with lots of sun and low precipitations. You can make adjustments to the size of the overhangs for a neat result. 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.
Projects made from these plans
DIY Playhouse Roof Plans
Cut & Shopping Lists
- G – 2 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 27″x84″ long GABLE ENDS
- I – 12 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long, 4 piecs of 2×4 lumber – 10″ long, 2 pieces – 23″ long RAFTERS
- J – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long, 10 pieces – 6 1/2″ long 2xOVERHANGS
- K – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x92″ long, 2 pieces – 12″x92″ long ROOF
- L – 100 sq ft of tar paper, 100 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- M – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 92″ long, 4 pieces – 61 1/4″ long TRIMS
- 21 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 6 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 3 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 150 sq ft of tar paper, 150 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 6d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
Building a gable playhouse roof
The first step of the project is to build the rafters for the roof of the playhouse. Make a 30 degree cut to one end of the 2×4 slats and then make the birdsmouth cuts to the bottom. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Use 1/2″ plywood for the gussets. Mark the cut lines on the plywood sheet and then get the job done with a saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and the secure them into place with 1 5/8″ screws.
Fit the trusses to the top of the playhouse. Plumb the trusses with a spirit level and then secure them into place with rafter ties. Place the trusses every 16″ on center, as shown in the diagram.
Use 2×4 lumber for the front and back gable end supports. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and then secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.
Fit the 1/2″ plywood sheets to the gable ends of the playhouse. Make the cuts to the panels so you can fit them into place tightly. Use 6-8d nails to secure the sheets into place, every 8″ along the framing.
Assemble the overhangs from 2×4 rafters and 2×4 blockings. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the blockings. Place the blockings equally spaced.
Fit the overhangs to the front and to the back of the playhouse. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Fit the 1/2″ plywood sheets to the roof of the playhouse. Align the edges flush and then secure the sheets to the rafters, every 8″. Insert 1 5/8″ screws to secure the sheets into place tightly.
Fit the 1×6 trims to the sides of the roof. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ nails to secure the trims into place tightly.
Use 1×6 lumber for the front and back roof trims. Make a 30 degree cut to one end of the slats, so you can secure them into place tightly. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ nails to secure the trims into place tightly.
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 large piece for the top ridge.
Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under. Read the instructions labeled on the asphalt shingle packs before installing them into place tightly. Start with the bottom left side of the roof and install them all the way to the top.
This small playhouse with porch is the ideal addition to any backyard, if you have small kids. This playhouse features decorative trims, a gable roof and lots of other small things that make it stand out.
This playhouse is super easy to build and it will keep the kids happy and entertained. Check out PART 1 of the project to lean how to build the frame of the playhouse and PART 3 to learn how to build the railings and how to install the trims.
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