Building My Kids' Playhouse #1: Planning and Design

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Blog entry by Andy Panko posted 03-15-2012 11:38 PM 7627 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I have two kids, both girls. They are four and a half and two and a half, and have since accumulated lots of stuff that takes up lots of space. My 8’ x 10’ shed outside is already full to capacity. A lot of its floor space is taken up by the kids’ bikes/trikes, motorized Jeep, wagon, etc. I decided I need more storage outside. But instead of making it just another shed, I thought it would be more useful to make it primarily a playhouse that doubles as a shed for the kids’ stuff. I figure the kids will be able to get good use out of a playhouse for the better part of the next 10 years. And the stuff they have will come and go (for example, the wagon and Jeep will probably be gone within a few years, and replaced by other outdoor toys).

Above is a Sketch-Up of what I plan on building. Yes that is my wife in the picture, and yes she doesn’t have any facial features. She doesn’t talk very much. I’m taking off from work the first week of April, and I think I can get it finished – or close to it – all during that week. It is a 6’ x 9’ footprint, and the peak of the roofline is 8’. The roof will have a 45 degree pitch. There will be a dutch door, approximately 4’ high, on the front for the kids. On the side of the playhouse (the side that is NOT shown) I’m putting a larger adult-sized door so I can put things in and out of it. That door will be 3’ wide by about 6’ high.

So that’s it for now. See you again in a few weeks when I start the project.

- Andy

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ,

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 04:49 PM

I love the design and the plan to take back your storage shed! My kids bikes and cars, etc. seem to multiply too and take up valuable storage space. I am going to build a playhouse in the next couple of months for my kids (also 4 and 2 years old). My design will be a 2 story structure so they get the sense of being up like a tree house, but the bottom story will be a “garage” for all their bikes, jeeps, and large outside toys. I’ll be following your blog closely!

-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why

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