Building My Kids' Playhouse

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Blog series by Andy Panko updated 04-07-2012 04:04 PM 8 parts 92789 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: Planning and Design

03-15-2012 11:38 PM by Andy Panko | 1 comment »

I have two kids, both girls. They are four and a half and two and a half, and have since accumulated lots of stuff that takes up lots of space. My 8’ x 10’ shed outside is already full to capacity. A lot of its floor space is taken up by the kids’ bikes/trikes, motorized Jeep, wagon, etc. I decided I need more storage outside. But instead of making it just another shed, I thought it would be more useful to make it primarily a playhouse that doubles as a shed for the...

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Part 2: Bought the Materials

03-24-2012 01:06 AM by Andy Panko | 2 comments »

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 fastene...

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Part 3: Site Preparation and Building the Floor

03-25-2012 12:12 AM by Andy Panko | 1 comment »

The playhouse is going to go in an unused corner of our yard. There is currently a little tree and a couple of bushes in that corner. I’m going to keep the tree and one bush, but relocate the other bush. All of the landscaping in that corner was put in new a few years ago. But the bush that is getting transplanted never really did well there. So maybe it will be better off somewhere else anyway. In an ideal world, I would have used poured concrete footings as the supports fo...

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Part 4: Framing the Walls

03-25-2012 11:55 PM by Andy Panko | 2 comments »

Fortunately, the weather forecasts were wrong for today – it ended up not raining and was actually quite nice. I took advantage of it by framing up all the walls for the playhouse. I did pretty basic methods for most of the walls – single bottom plate and 16” OC stud spacing (unless it made more sense to space otherwise in select areas). When I was on the 2nd season of All American Handyman, I got eliminated on a challenge where we had to build a shed. One of the two r...

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Part 5: Framed the Roof

04-05-2012 12:11 AM by Andy Panko | 0 comments »

It took me a full day to get the roof framed…AND I had previously cut and marked the ridge beam and all of the full length rafters (ie those that didn’t intersect with a valley rafter. I knew the roof would be hard (because of the gable and valleys), but I didn’t think it would take a full day. I have a book on framing, and it tells how to measure, mark and cut hip rafters and intersecting rafters. But after reading it twice, I decided it would be quicker and ultimately...

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Part 6: Sheathed and Trimmed Out

04-07-2012 01:14 AM by Andy Panko | 0 comments »

I got up all the roof sheathing (1/2” CDX) and the exterior walls (3/8” LP SmartSide panels). The windows went in too. They are prefab shed windows (14” x 21” white aluminum). I custom made the doors. They are just 2×4 frames, pocket screwed together, and backed with the SmartSide plywood. For the kids’ door, I made a two-part Dutch door. I also bored in a standard exterior lockset so they can easily open the door from the inside or outside. As for th...

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Part 7: Got it Painted (in a very manly color)

04-07-2012 01:23 AM by Andy Panko | 5 comments »

Our four year-old daughter picked the color. It definitely adds a pop of color to our yard, if nothing else… Final step is to paper and shingle the roof. It will be the first time I ever did roofing. Should be fun.

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Part 8: Shingled the Roof - Now it's Done

04-07-2012 04:04 PM by Andy Panko | 3 comments »

Took me a couple of hours to put up the 30 pound roofing paper, and about half a day to do the shingles. I had never done shingles before, so I wasn’t sure how long it was going to take. I used just over three bundles of shingles, plus about a third of a bundle of ridge caps. I used Tamko’s Heritage 30 year architectural shingles – color is Natural Timber. Our house and shed were re-roofed in 2008 with these same shingles, so now every structure in my yard is visually ti...

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