FAQ | Playhouse Plan Questions
Q. When do I get my plan after I purchase it?
A. Right away. They come in PDF format, and you will be prompted with a download link where you can save the plan on your device. That's it!
Q. Is there a sample plan I can look at?
A. Yes! In fact, there are fourteen free ones that you can download at no cost and see the step by step instructions that are combined with 3D images every plan has. There's even one that you can view from any browser.
Q. What is your return policy?
A. We believe you'll find your plan easy to understand and straight forward, but if you're still not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you'll be able to get your money back for up to 60 days!
Q. Is it possible to scale down the size of a plan?
A. Yes, it certainly can be done, on the condition you'll just need to think a few things through before just going at it. While the angles and material lengths can evenly scale, the thickness of the lumber can't, resulting in some pieces needing to be moved or excluded altogether. If you have a little carpentry experience, it shouldn't be a major problem.
Q. What type of lumber should I use?
A. Playhouses that don't have some kind of full roof enclosure should all be made out of pressure treated wood. It simply lasts much longer than the normal pine or Douglas fir. If there is a roof covering the playhouse, normal non-pressure treated pine will work just fine. Cedar, red wood and other more weather resilient materials can also be used in the exposed elements. Painting, staining or oiling is always a good idea to make your project last longer.
Q. Where can I find the right slides, windows and other accessories for my playhouse?
A. You can find most of the accessories you'll need right in the playhouse accessory page.
Q. What do your playhouses cost to build?
A. The larger plans will cost between $1500 - $2500 dollars in materials to fully construct. Many hardware stores will give you some type of discount if you order lumber in large quantities. Remember that this is only about a third of the labor costs if you were to hire a company to come out and build it for you.
* For an exact price, all the plans on this website have a full lumber list that you can check against the latest prices at your local lumberyard.
Q. Your plans don't show how to screw, nail, bolt the pieces together. Is there some place I can see how to do this?
A. At the beginning of each plan, it links to the "How to Attach Rough Framing Together with Screws and Nails" article. The article goes over how to attach everything that you'll encounter when building your playhouse. We don't picture the screws and bolts in every step and illustration because this will, one, clutter up the images and make them more confusing and, two, because the principles revealed in the previously mentioned article apply to all the framing that will be done in each step.
Q. Do you offer metric plans?
A. Right now, all the plans come in feet and inches. There are several on-line converters, however, that can easily change feet and inches to centimeters, such as csgnetwork.com.
Q. My playhouse rocks and sways a little. How to I reduce this movement?
A. In a pinch, cross bracing is the best strategy for dealing with this adverse movement. Check out our article that discusses about the different methods you can use to reduce unwanted motion.
Q. Do I need a concrete pad foundation or deck to build my playhouse?
A. For most yards, a dedicated platform for your playhouse is not necessary. Usually a bed of mulch, gravel or a few cinder blocks are all thats needed to level out the structure. A concrete foundation is not needed to build one of the playhouses. All the plans use some type of 2x material for floor joists, and they should be pressure treated. I do recommend that they be built on a relatively level grade with some mulch spread around to cushion any trips and falls that may happen.
Q. How long will it take for me to build my playhouse?
A. That depends on a number of things. For the average weekend carpenter, the free, town and clubhouse designs can be built in less than 2 days, where the larger playhouses could take 4-5 days. If you are able to find help, that time could be cut in half or more. It is my experience that 7 year olds don't help much in the building department though.
Q. The plans call for angles over 45 degrees. How do I achieve this?
A. Check out our article that deals directly with cutting lumber over 45 degrees.
Q. I would love to have that playhouse in my backyard, but I don't have the skills to build it. What can I do?
A. Very often, clients know professionally skilled or mildly skilled family and friends that can help them complete their project. If there isn't anyone like that available to you, there are probably a few good handymen in your area that you can get in contact with. Most can be found with a quick Internet search. This website is also a great way to find someone in your area.