Building My Kids' Playhouse #2: Bought the Materials

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Blog entry by Andy Panko posted 03-24-2012 01:06 AM 4956 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Planning and Design Part 2 of Building My Kids' Playhouse series Part 3: Site Preparation and Building the Floor »

I plan on starting the playhouse this weekend. I got all the lumber delivered today. Since the weather isn’t looking great for the next two days, I’ll probably just do a lot of measuring, marking and cutting of wood. I’m also going to try to prep the site where the playhouse will go.

With the exception of paint, hinges, tar paper, LP smart trim and door latches, I have already purchased everything I need. I’m big on having lots of various size and finish fasteners on-hand. So I’m basically all set with screws and nails. Total bill thus far: already right around $1,000. It was about $400 from the lumber yard for the majority of the lumber. Another $300 for 8 sheets of LP Smartside panels (the lumber yard didn’t carry that, but I really wanted it, and the shed in my yard used that stuff. I had to order it from Home Depot, but they charge $65 for delivery…jerks). About $200 for two bundles of 30 year dimensional roofing shingles, and a bundle of matching ridge caps (I bought the same shingles that we have on our house so the playhouse will roughly coordinate with our house. Our shed has the same shingles too), and about $90 for two pre-fab aluminum shed windows and a vented skylight. I figure I’m still looking at another $300 or so all said and done. Not cheap, but still cheaper than the pre-made kits of comparable design. And I know the construction will be rock solid.

Here’s all the lumber dropped off in my driveway this afternoon. The LP panels are off to the left.

I had to bring it all into the garage/shop after I got home from work. All the treated stuff is in the back on top of the table saw. The non-treated stuff is up front.

Lumber list:
70 – 8’ lengths of 2×4s
2 – 4×8 sheets of 3/4” T&G subfloor
3 – 4×8 sheets of 1/2” CDX roof sheathing
8 – 4×8 sheets of 3/8” LP Smartside panels
10 – 8’ lengths of treated 2×4s
And about a dozen miscellaneous lengths of treated and non-treated 2x’s and 4x’s

Given the dimensions of the playhouse, I’m going to unfortunately have A LOT of big cut-offs. The walls are going to be 4 1/2’ high, so there will be lots of 3 1/2’ long cut-off 2×4 pieces. Same thing with the roof joists: they will have close to 3’ long cut-offs. So I’m going to have lots of left over pieces of 2×4s after this project. I’ll have to come up with something good to do with them.

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ,

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#1 posted 03-24-2012 09:29 AM

Great start. Can’t wait till I will be able to see the final pics..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 03-24-2012 03:55 PM

Hate to point this out but you should have spent the extra on 10’ or 12’ 2×4s and cut them all in half. Would have saved a lot overall. Instead of a 3.5’ cutoff you have two wall joists and a 1’ cut off from a 10fter.

-- A posse ad esse

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