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Build a DIY Playhouse for Your Family

Aug 15, 2019 3:28:00 PM

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A playhouse is a fantastic addition to your home. Not only will your kids enjoy it, but it adds value to your property, and it's a fun DIY project. Here's what you need to know before you get started.

Choose the Type of Playhouse

Naturally a surface level playhouse is going to be easier to build, but elevated playhouses can be much more fun. If you want something easier to build, choose a surface level house. If you want something more advanced, choose an elevated playhouse. 

Keep in mind that you may need permits depending on the type of playhouse you build, and that your HOA may also have some regulations to follow. Speak with your neighbors first: some don't like playhouses that look into their yard.

Find Free Elevated Playhouse Plans Online

Search for "free playhouse plans" or "free elevated playhouse plans" and there will be countless designs. You can even purchase framing kits, which will come with everything you need to get started. 

Make sure the plans come from a reputable source and are well-reviewed: the last thing you want is to get halfway through and realize that the plans aren't correct!

Playhouse Siding Ideas

One of the great things about a playhouse is that it's really just a small house. After you're done designing the initial structure, you can build it out just like you would build out another property. That includes colorful, fun siding options. You'll also need to choose whether you want it vertical or horizontal.

Wood or vinyl siding will make your playhouse really look like an actual house. Both are going to be long-lasting, and will protect the internal structure from any damage. Vinyl siding tends to be easier to maintain.

Playhouse Roof Ideas

Do you want your playhouse to have a wood shingle roof? An asphalt shingle roof? Or something else? Generally, you should avoid heavier roofing options, such as ceramics. Most free elevated playhouse plans aren't going to take into account the weight of a heavy option like ceramic, so the structure may not be sturdy enough.

Asphalt shingle is easiest to install, but wood shingle will be longer lasting. You can even go with something more exotic, such as a metal roof, if you want the playhouse to look unique.

Preserve and Waterproof It

Roof materials and siding materials are going to go a long way towards making sure the playhouse is water tight. After you get everything installed, seal and caulk around the windows and doors, and seal up any gaps or holes. You want to make sure that the playhouse remains waterproofed even during flooding, or it could become damaged during the first heavy rains.

Let Your Kids Help

There are many tasks that your kids can help with, and kids love getting involved in things like building. Consider letting a younger child bring you your tools as you work, or assigning fun tasks like painting. You can also involve your kids in the design and style of the structure, helping them choose types of siding or roof materials.


A well-made playhouse is going to stand for generations to come, and your children and their children will likely enjoy the playhouse that you've built. Take some time to decorate the playhouse and even carve your name and your children's name into the wood. You've now made something unique that they can make treasured memories in.

A playhouse is a lot like a real house: it needs the same materials. If you're interested in your siding, roofing, window, and door options, contact the experts at Exterior Medics.

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