Spring has sprung! Our 3 year old, now 4 year old officially outgrew her plastic playhouse. With summer right around the corner, I thought the kids needed a new play house, one that all the kids (9,7 & 4) could enjoy. NO WAY was I going to build some prefab house , oh no! I had a vision… and grand vision.
Thank goodness for my wonderful husband, he turned my vision of a 4’x 6′ play house into a design on paper. Once the plan was drawn up. I needed to figure out the dimensions. Thanks to my college architectural design class, I took his drawing and turned it into a working plan.
PHASE ONE – PREP, FOUNDATION & FRAME:
The construction process began. We started with the foundation. We needed to level the ground. We wanted the play house nestled into the landscape and in close proximity to our home. Once the ground was level, we set in the footings and floor of the play house.
We constructed the walls in the garage (using our building plan) and moved them around and screwed them in place. We were able to make considerable progress.
PHASE TWO – SIDING, ROOF & TRIM:
If we thought building the frame was hard work… just wait! Adding the siding and roof was tough. No only was it heavy lifting… it took some thought and planning on how to maximize the 3 sheets of siding we purchased and have it look good.
PHASE THREE: PAINT & DECOR:
We wanted the house to be cool, so we added a lot of windows and decided to paint the frame inside the house white. We painted the floor the same color as the exterior of the house. We added a chalk board and curtains for color.
As a final touch the kids wanted a door bell, painted tree stump and open/closed sign.
Good luck constructing your own play house. Take your time and let your vision come to life, too. You’re kids will love it and have amazing memories for years to come.