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.



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.
Photo By: Sam Henderson 


You Will Need:

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



Photo By: Sam Henderson


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


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.

Frame Storage Hatch

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

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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