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Build a Playhouse - Front Wall Options and Door

May 27, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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This project plan can simplify building a playhouse. This easy project uses just a single sheet of plywood and even uses the scraps for a door!

Build a Playhouse - Front Wall Options and Door

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About Project

Author Notes: 

FRONT WALL
Let’s start right now with the front wall! It’s the last wall, and then we can put the roof on! Also, we’ll be looking at the door plan.

EASY TO BUILD, JUST LIKE THE BACK WALL
Like the back wall, the front wall will sit inside the side walls, making your footprint right at 48″ x 96″, to sit perfectly on the deck. To assemble the playhouse, from the insides of the front and back walls, use lag screws to attach the front walls to the end walls. It’s super easy to do, in fact, I did it all by myself! Because this plan is constructed identical to the other walls, by the time you get to it, you’ll be a pro. So I’m going to give you basic diagrams and a cut list to save you some paper today.

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Build a Playhouse - Front Wall Options and Door
Dimensions: 
see above drawing

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – Sheet of 1/4″ Exterior Plywood
6 – 2×2 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
3 – 1×2 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
3 – 1×3 Furring Strips, 8′ Long
Hinges for the Doors

2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

CUT LIST FOR THE WALL FRAMING
1 – 2×2 @ 90″ (Top Plate)
6 – 2×2 @ 45″ (Studs)
2 – 2×2 @ 29″ (Window Top and Bottom)
1 – 2×2 @ 57 1/4″ (Bottom Plate)
1 – 2×2 @ 14 3/4″ (Bottom Plate)
1 – 2×2 @ 18″ (Door Header)
1 – 2×2 @ 7 1/2″ (Window Header Stud)
90″ x 48″ 1/4″ Plywood with Windows and Doors cut out to fit the stud wall.

CUT LIST FOR THE TRIM
1 – 1×3 @ 90″ (Top Trim)
1 – 1×3 @ 14 3/4″ (Bottom Trim)
1- 1×3 @ 57 1/4″ (Bottom Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 43″ (Side Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 36 1/2″ (Door Trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 21″ (Top of Door Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 16 1/2″ (Window Side Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 32″ (Window Top and Bottom Trim)

CUT LIST FOR DOOR
Scrap Door Piece of plywood
2 – 1×3 @ 33″ (Door Sides)
1 – 1×3 @ 13″ (Middle Trim)
1 – 1×3 @ 18″ (Door Bottom)
1 – 1×4 @ 18″ (If you don’t have a 1×4 scrap, you can use a 1×3 but the length of the door sides will need to be increased to 34″)

Step 1

Build a Playhouse - Front Wall Options and Door

STUD FRAMING
Frame your wall as shown above using 2″ screws and glue. Check for square. Trace out your windows and doors onto the plywood and cut out the openings. If you are careful about cutting out your door, you can use the door scrap to build your door with. Attach the plywood to the stud wall using 1 1/4″ nails and glue.

Step 2

Build a Playhouse - Front Wall Options and Door

TRIM
It is always a good idea to measure and cut your trim as you go to get the best fit. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to attach the trim to the face of the wall, keeping outside edges flush.

Step 3

Build a Playhouse - Front Wall Options and Door

Cut your top door header piece in an arch as shown above. Then use a Kreg Jig™ to join the door pieces to create a door frame.

I used 1x2s and a 1×3 header because that is what I had for scraps. You can see the pocket holes in the above photo of the door. Then use 1″ nails and glue to attach the back plywood to the door frame. If your nailer doesn’t shoot 1″ nails, you can by brad nails and use a hammer to add the nails. Do not forget the glue.

Step 4

Build a Playhouse - Front Wall Options and Door

Here is the door completed, but not yet on it’s hinges.

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Hey Anna,just thought you

Hey Anna,
just thought you might want to know, the sponsor link doesn't seem to work - I get linked to the image itself.
Thanks for all the plans, I especially like the outdoor collection!

posted by ainhoa vega (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-27 10:57

Ana,I just found your blog

Ana,

I just found your blog and the these playhouse plans - they are fantastic!!! I feel so lucky to have found your site in my search for a present for my daughter's third birthday. What I only just realized was that these plans aren't part of your archive, but you're working on this project right now! What excellent timing.

Good luck with the rest of the project and thank you so much for the plans.

Jenny

posted by Jenny (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-27 11:13

I'm super stoked! I've been

I'm super stoked! I've been building this piece by piece and I have all the sides finished except this one. I'm excited to get started on it today!

posted by Angie (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-27 12:31

Super awesome. If you make

Super awesome. If you make the platform the right height, you can add a slide... that's what we are going to do, maybe two slides so the boys can race, hehe! Love this site!

posted by Momma Rhyne (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-27 13:13

Ana I am getting ready to

Ana I am getting ready to make the door. There is a difference in the way you built the door and the plans. My question is did you make changes in the length of the sides or is that the way you planned it to be? I want to use the Kreg Jig like you did. In the plans it shows the header on top of the sides and your door shows the header between the sides.

posted by Tina (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-07-30 09:02

Any idea what this playhouse

Any idea what this playhouse may cost to make minus the deck?

posted by Heidi (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-10-05 16:44

I can't seem to find the

I can't seem to find the plans for the playhouse. I have found the plans for the front wall/ door and the swing set but I can't find the rest of it. Am I missing something?
Thanks for all of your hard work. I love you plans and designs!!

Kaycee White

posted by kaycee (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-01-23 09:32

Playhouse

Can you tell me what the total cost is for just the playhouse?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-04-10 15:26

Roof plans

I absolutely love these plans! It'll make the perfect Xmas present for my little one! I may add a work bench on one side and a sink inside too. I'll make sure to brag post it when I'm done :)

However, I see the finished picture at the top but I can't seem to find the details on the roof anywhere. I've tried multiple keywords but I just haven't been able to find it. Do you have plans or directions for that step?

I love your site so much and it's my new addiction :)

posted by Lindsey Schuh (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-07-30 18:08

I like this post,And I guess

I like this post,And I guess that they having fun to read this post,they shall take a good site to make a information,thanks for sharing it to me.
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posted by kongk | on Tue, 2013-05-21 07:42
clips

how do you attach it?

How do you attach the house onto the deck? I am looking at making the platform slightly larger and the playhouse a little taller with a potential loft. I wasn't sure if the 4x4 posts went taller if I could build the walls with plywood inside or outside of the posts?
Do I need any additional bracing for the bottom if the platform size is the same height, but the house is about 7 feet tall by 9 feet wide and 8 1/2 feet deep?

I love your plans.

posted by yecats71 | on Thu, 2013-08-22 20:42

Treated wood or not?

Hi Ana,

Thanks for this plan, and I really can't wait to get started on making one.

Should the wood be treated or is in treated ok?

Thanks!

posted by Tony K | on Thu, 2014-03-13 13:07

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