Playhouse PlanBuild a Dream Playhouse!
Playhouse plan has everything you want for a backyard play center: a slide, a swing, a private clubhouse and even a small deck.
We'll take you step-by-step through building the platform, hanging floor joists, and framing the walls—plus give you detailed instructions for installing the roof and siding.
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| Platform sections can be built in garage - then moved to yard!||Common rafters are easy to build with our step-by-step plans.||Sturdy swing set turns playhouse into a kids' play center!||Slide and sandbox adds hours of backyard fun for children.|
| Playhouse Plan: WHAT YOU GET|
12 pages of step-by-step instructions
Full-color photos and exploded views
Detailed tool setup illustrations
Complete plan materials list
All for only $9.95
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The last time my neighbor Doug invited me over, I thought he might need me for
some heavy lifting, or want to show me where my dog had attacked another one of
his pop-up lawn sprinklers. Instead he handed me a catalog full of kids’
play structure kits and said he wanted to design his own. While Doug felt he could
easily assemble one of the kits, he wasn’t confident he could plan and build
the design he really wanted — a structure with an enclosed playhouse above ground.
I offered to provide some guidance, and the more we talked the more ideas started
to flow. It wasn’t long before we had a plan sketched out and were ready
to start buying the materials. A month of evenings and weekends later, Doug finished
up the structure shown above. It features an enclosed playhouse perched atop the
platform, and a sandbox beneath it. After scrambling up the ladder, children can
“escape” down the plastic slide.
To simplify construction, we designed
the project so Doug could build portions of it in his garage as he had time, then
assemble those sections on site. Using pressure-treated lumber, he assembled the
platform end frames first. He began by gang-cutting dadoes and notches in the
four corner posts to accept the rim joists and bottom rails. The longer front
posts also get dadoed and notched for the railings now, even though you don’t
install the railings until later (leaving them off makes it easier to hoist the
playhouse walls into place). When you cut the railing notches, be sure to orient
the posts so the rim joist dadoes are to the outside. Once you’ve cut the
notches, dry fit each frame together, check it for square, then drill the counterbores
and pilot holes for the lag screws. Slip a washer onto the screws and drive them
home. Using lap joints between the posts and the rim joists and bottom rails helps
prevent the end frames from racking. Plywood gussets on the stretchers between
the end frames add to the platform’s rigidity.