This step by step diy project is about playhouse building plans. I have designed this 8×8 playhouse with front porch, so you can surprise your kids with the ultimate gift. This playhouse has a gable roof and a small porch for extra appeal. You can make adjustments to the design of the playhouse to suit your needs. 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 Building Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 120″ long, 9 pieces – 93″long FLOOR
- B – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 1 piece – 24″x96″ long FLOORING
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 8 pieces – 57″ long, 4 pieces – 19″ long, 2 pieces – 16″ long, 3 pieces – 8 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 25 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 30 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 8 pieces – 57″ long, 2 pieces – 53 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 31″ long, 8 pieces – 19″ long, 4 pieces – 16″ long, 4 pieces – 25 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 8 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 7 pieces – 57″ long BACK WALL
- F – 8 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 48″x60″ long SIDING
It’s that simple to build a playhouse – VIDEO!
How to build a playhouse
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the playhouse. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Align the edges flush and check if the corners are square.
Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the joists. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a neat result.
Building the side walls for the playhouse is a straight forward process. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber at the dimensions described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 16″ on center and make sure the corners are square. Frame a window opening to the wall frames, so you let a lot of light inside. Use 2×4 lumber and 1/2″ plywood for the double headers. You can adjust the size of the windows to suit your needs.
Build the front wall for the playhouse from 2×4 lumber. Frame the door opening and then the window openings. You can adjust the size of the openings to suit your needs.
Build the back wall from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 16″ on center and make sure the corners are square.
Fit the wall frames to the floor of the playhouse and plumb them with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor frame. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Fit the 1/2″ plywood sheets to the exterior of the playhouse. Cut the sheets at the right dimensions and then attach them to the wall frames. Align the edges flush and insert 6d nails, every 8″ along the framing, so you can lock them into place tightly. Make the cuts around the window openings.
Fit the plywood sheets to the front of the playhouse. Make the cuts so you can fit the panels around the window and door openings.
Attach the 1/2″ plywood sheets to the back of the playhouse. Cut the sheets to the right dimensions and then lock them into place tightly with 6d nails. Insert the nails, every 8″ along the framing. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result.
This playhouse has a beautiful appearance and it features a small front porch. The roof has a 45 degree slope. Check out PART 2 and PART 3 of the project so you learn how to build the roof and the railings.
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