Playhouse Gable End Walls

The gable ends wall for the playhouse. Features one window and full trim work. Uses just one sheet of plywood. You'll be surprised at how easy this playhouse is to build!


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On Monday, I posted the plans for the playhouse deck.

And it never occurred to me when I posted the plans for the playhouse deck that I had already built a very similar design. On a very steep hill, with a shovel and a screwgun as our tools (no road access here, so if you want a foundation, start digging the old fashioned way)

Notice the heavy cross bracing? Not a bad idea for your playhouse deck, but a necescity on the steep hilside and because we had a specific task in mind for the platform.  Grace called it her "tower," for a few weeks, until it became a stair landing

Those stairs, now that was a project! I like desiging in sketchup where everything is flat.  Working on a steep hillside was definitely a challenge.  Oh, and I almost forgot.  Our adult sized playhouse sits on a platform much like the design for the playhouse deck

We built this deck, and over the past seven years, it has not budged, wiggled or wobbled, despite being on a steep incline.

I'm confident that your playhouse deck will be just as sturdy, but much easier to build.  I'm hoping your supplies don't have to be boated in on a creek with mere inches of moving water on it.  And that you are working off a surface that was leveled by a piece of heavy equipment.  Speaking of leveling the playhouse deck, if you are working on an uneven surface, like we were, you can simply "let your post run wild" meaning that you don't cut them to a specific size.  Then place the apron boards around the post using a level.  Then chop the tops of the 4x4s off even with the tops of the apron boards to get a level surface on an unlevel terrain.  Cross brace whenever you are working on uneven terrain.

We've decided to wait just a bit to build the deck (landscaping logistics) but I can't wait that long to start on this project.  Because this playhouse plan is basically panels that can be prebuilt and assembled on site, I'm going to start on my panels tomorrow.  And you can too.

Looking at this simple panel, I know you are thinking, I could build that. And I agree, you can handle this one. On a side note, I drove past a construction site today, and prebuilt wall panels were being positioned in place with a crane, and I couldn't help but think about how our playhouse will have prebuilt panels (but no crane, just the RAM)

Shopping List: 

Shopping List for TWO Panels
2 – Sheets of Plywood Sheathing (I’m using 1/4″ Lauan because it’s water resistant and finished on two sides, and I have a stack my brother dropped off for me to burn up)
1 1/2″ nails or Screws (for fastening the sheathing to the studs)
2 1/2″ Screws (for fastening the studs together)
Wood Glue
8 – 2×2 Boards, 8′ Length
2 – 1×3 Boards, 8′ Length
Finishing Supplies

120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
hammer (can be substituted for brad nailer with a nail punch)
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

You know the drill, work on a clean level surface and be safe. Predrill your screw holes and check for square after each step. Use glue. And have fun.

Overall Dimensions are shown above. Composition is sheathing of your choice for the outside, 2x2s for studs on the insides.
Cut List: 

8 – 2×2 @ 45″ (Wall Studs)
4 – 2×2 @ 14″ (Window Framing)
4 – 2×2 @ 48″ (Top and Bottom Plate, cut (1) 48″ and (1) 45″ board from an 8′ 2×2)
4 – 2×2 @ 34″ (Both ends mitered down 45 degrees, ends will run perpendicular to each other)
2 – Sheets of Sheathing Overall 48″ wide x 72″ tall, top angled down to match rafters
4 – 1×3 @ 19″ (Window Trim)
4 – 1×3 @ 18″ (Window Trim)

Step 1: 

Window Framing
So this is not how you would frame a window in a real house, but because our walls are only 4′ tall and we’re just building a little playhouse, this will be plenty strong. And despite the way the frame looks, the load bearing walls are actually the side walls. Use the 2 1/2″ screws and glue to fasten the studs to the window frame.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Wall Framing
Now add the top and bottom plates to the window studs, and also screw the end studs to the top and bottom plates. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Cut your rafters by mitering the ends at 45 degrees. Then use 2 1/2″ glue and nails to fasten the rafters together and to the wall as shown above.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Cut out the sheathing as shown above. Refer to the dimensional diagram for window cutout dimensions. Fasten the sheathing to the studs using 1 1/2″ fasteners and glue.

Step 5 Instructions: 


Start with the side trim. Fasten even with the window cutout on both sides. Then fasten the bottom trim in place. Make sure you are fastening with 2 1/2″ screws to the studs in the wall, and not just the sheathing.

Step 6 Instructions: 

I ended up using 1x2s for the window trim because I felt like when the window itself is put in, the frame will be quite thick. Use the measurements above to guild you when trimming out the gable ends for the playhouse.

4 – 1×2 @ 17″
4 – 1×2@ 18″
4 – 1×3 @ 48″
4 – 1×3 @ 43″
4 – 1×3 @ 34″ (Both ends mitered down 45 degrees)

You will need to in addition to the above cut list purchase (to trim out 2 gable end walls)
2 – 1x2s
6 – 1x3s

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill holes with exterior approved paintable silicone. Sand and paint or finish as desired.
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Yay! As always, so excited and THANK YOU so much for doing this!!

I have a plywood question for you--I have a couple sheets already that are NOT water resistant. Since I live in the PNW, that's not gonna work out:). Do you know what I could put on the sheets (the whole thing, actually!) that would allow me to use what I have?

Love the pic of all of you working on your house!!

If i want to make this bigger can I just change the measurements and will it still have enough support? I have been planning on making one more like 8X10. Thanks!

About the plywood... most isn't water resistant, untreated and laying flat. But once the ends are covered and it is standing upright, as long as it's not in contact with the ground, a good paint job and you should be good.

Don't use pressure treated unless it is in contact with the ground. P.t wood is continually giving off fumes and very hazardous to children, especially if ingested.

No road access? Do you have to take a boat to get to the road to drive to the orange/blue??!! You must be the most organized person - I can see myself forgetting something and then what! You are amazing!

Don't limit yourself to just plywood. You can get a cabin look by using boards or even use siding. I have some leftover siding from the house that I might just burn up on the playhouse.

My husband and I looked at the picture of the stairs to your adult playhouse and we agreed that it's just the sort of thing we need on our property (we're on a hill, too). So, would you be willing to share what went into your stairs?

I want to build this so bad! But I'm not sure my two year old is ready for the raised playhouse yet. So I might just build the sand box part this summer and the pannels throughout the year (I have a long list of projects and am a full time nursing student). Plus my major concern is: once I build this, I will have the ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD of children in my backyard constantly. I already do and all we have is a plastic 4-wall play structure, the baby kind! I'm not kidding, these poor kids have NOTHING in their own backyards. I wish I could build something for all of them, but NOT in my own yard. I don't want to be responsible when they get hurt and you know they will. I get so nervous when they are out back

Anyways, I'm confused! How old is Grace? Isn't she only 3? So if the deck has been there 7 years, is that her in that first picture? And your hubs is so cute! You have an awesome family.

Thank you! Grace is 3 1/2 but the deck that has been there for seven years is the cabin foundation. The small deck we built last summer for our stairs. Next time, we'll build the stairs before the cabin LOL!

I'm thinking about NOT raising the playhouse and putting the sandbox underneath. that way we could ADD a porch maybe? to make it not so rustic and more girly girl southern. Awesome job.

me and my boys (ages 5.5, 4, & 1.5) are so excited to get started on this awesome plan! the only trouble i'm having is with the windows. where do you find actual windows to fit the plans dimensions? wondering if i missed something :)

I've recently moved in a new house together with my family and we have a big garden in the backyard.My husband has recently seen your playhouse project and he started to build one for our children.They are so excited with the idea of having their own little playhouse.We still have to think how to build the Staircase in order to create stability.


I love this playhouse and I will be making for my little girls but for some reason I can't download the PDF version so I can print it out


I love this playhouse and I will be making for my little girls but for some reason I can't download the PDF version so I can print it out

I have an 8x10 concrete pad and I would like to modify these plans to have a framed and enclosed storage shed underneath this playhouse. I'm wondering how high up I could build this. I was thinking about maybe 4.5 to 5 feet up would be okay. I would frame out and sheath my walls for the shed underneath and anchor them to the concrete pad. Then I could frame the floor but I would probably need a beam to support the load, right? I would run my floor joists across the 8' span then run my decking, (2x4's or 2x6's), perpendicular to the joists.

I guess my two main concerns are:

1. How high up can I have my platform for my playhouse?
2. Do I need a beam to support the joists?

I would really like to utilize my concrete pad for both a small storage space underneath and a playhouse on top.