Paul's Playhouses gives you the ability to add that recess fun to your own backyard. Whether it's as simple as the free plan shown below, or one of our more elaborate designs, getting kids out of the house and into the great outdoors is the goal.
The plan below, named Outpost One, is a great way to begin that adventure. Sure you can go to a department or chain hardware store and buy a pre-made plastic kid house, but it's just not the same as building your own unique creation, whether it's simple or complex. The steps shown below are reminiscent of all the playhouse plans hosted here, with a lumber list, 3D images and fully detailed angle and dimensions. Don't forget to also check out the other free plans too!
When it comes to framing, use two, 3 1/8” R4 screws to connect 2x4s together, three R4 screws for 2x6s, etc. When attaching 5/4” x 6” decking material, use two, 2/ ½” R4 screws, about 3/4” away from the edges to attach them to framing. Make sure to paint all the exterior lumber to keep it safe from the rain and other elements. All 2x and decking material should be pressure treated as it'll be out in the elements. Be advised that if an exact 8', 10' and 12' piece is required, you may still need to cut it as they can vary in length by up to an inch. Happy play housing!
Tools & Lumber that will be needed:
Drill &/or Impact Driver
( 3 ) 5/4” x 6” x 10'
( 9 ) 5/4” x 6” x 12'
( 1 ) 2” x 4” x 10'
( 9 ) 2” x 4” x 12'
( 6 ) 2” x 6” x 8'
( 2 ) 4” x 4” x 8'
( 1 ) 4” x 4” x 10'
( 2 ) 1/2 Plywood Sheets
Constructing the Outpost One Playhouse
Step 1: Back Wall
From (1) 2x4x12, cut
a 6' piece and a 5' 5”
piece. From (1)
2x4x12, cut four 2' 9”
these pieces into the
unit shown in the below
From (1) 4x4x10, cut and
install the two 4' 10 1⁄2” pieces
to the above unit as depicted in
the below illustration.
From (1) 2x4x12, cut two 6'
pieces and install them to the
top of the 4x4s as depicted in
the below illustration.
Step 2: Front Wall
Repeat the instructions from
step 1 for the front wall, except
use (2) 4x4x8s for two 6' 4 1⁄2”
pieces, instead of the two 4' 10
1⁄2” pieces. See the below
illustration for details.
Step 3: Side Walls
From (1) 2x4x12, cut two 5' 5”
pieces. From (1) 2x4x12, cut
four 2' 9” pieces. Assemble
these pieces into the wall shown
in the below illustration.
From (1) 2x4x10, cut one 5' 5”
piece and two 1' 9 1⁄2” pieces.
From (1) 2x4x12, cut four 2' 9”
pieces. Assemble these pieces
into the wall shown in the below
Step 4: Siding
From (9) 12' decking boards, cut eighteen 6' pieces. From (3) 10' decking boards, cut twelve 2' 1”
pieces. Install these pieces to the four walls of the playhouse as depicted in the below illustration.
Space the boards 1⁄2” apart from each other.
Step 5: Rafters
From (6) 2x6x8s, cut six of the rafter depicted in the below illustration. Install them to the top of the playhouse as depicted in the 2 nd below illustration.
Step 6: Roof
From (2) sheets of 1⁄2” plywood, cover the top of the rafters as depicted in the below illustration.
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