How to Build a Backyard Playhouse

Instead of a standard square fort, build a playhouse work of art that both kids and parents will love.

 

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The Perfect Backyard Playhouse

Not only is this playhouse triangular instead of a boring box shape, but it’s got two stories. The epic roof hatch opens to a playhouse equipped with a chalkboard wall, storage underneath the floor, and a loft with a fixed ladder.
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Photo By: Sam Henderson 

Tools

You Will Need:

1. Framing Square — 2. Drill — 3. Jigsaw — 4. Reciprocating Saw — 5. Sander — 6. Hammer — 7. A level — 8. Shims

 

 

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Photo By: Sam Henderson

Materials

You Will Need:

1. 2×3, 2×4, 2×6 boards — 2. 4×8 sheet of plywood — 3. 8’ decking — 4. Shiplap siding — 5. (2) 4” gate hinges — 6. 10’ panels of polycarbonate roofing — 7. 2-1/2” wood screws — 8. 1” hex-head screws with neoprene washers — 9. Two bolts — 10. Exterior Paint — 11. Chalkboard paint — 12. Nails — 13. Patio Pavers

 

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Photo By: Harlem F. Logan

Build a Deck Frame

Hammer and nail together four 2x6s to make a 4’ x 12’ deck frame. Add support joists spaced 16 inches apart. Do not fill the frame with joists; leave space for a floor storage hatch on the front end of the frame.
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Frame Storage Hatch

On the front end of the deck, cut smaller joists to frame the floor storage hatch in the space you left.
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Continue Framing Storage Hatch

Position the outer joists to support the main decking, and the smaller inner joists to support the trim boards around the opening, while leaving a lip for the storage hatch lid to sit on. Hammer and nail joists in place.

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