Any solid house starts with a solid foundation. In the case of a Playhouse, that is the deck (and posts). It was our anniversary weekend and we wanted to build a Playhouse for our boys. Not a typical anniversary trip, but those who know us know we love doing things for our boys. So this was not out of the ordinary. The idea of it anyway. The actual build was daunting before we started, but once we got the lumber we were not turning back.
We got all the supplies from Ace Hardware and Home Depot. The section titled "Kid's Playhouse" has more details about the lumber and supplies we used for the deck. Like I said, once we got all the supplies we were moving forward. There was definitely still some doubt as to whether we would finish the deck but with each step forward our confidence grew.
We laid out the frame and made sure it was square. We only started with one floor joist, but the finished product now sits with a total of 5. The last 4 were added once the deck was in place. Not the easiest way to do it, but the result was a strong floor that a full sized adult male can jump on with no fear. Once we got the frame screwed together, we added the posts to each corner. The 4X6s were the right choice, especially since we couldn't find the 4X4s I originally wanted.
The next part of this was tricky. Be built the frame and attached the posts but with the frame on the ground and the posts up in the air. This was simply because of a lack of options. Hindsight being 20/20, we would have used sawhorses or something similar to support the frame while we attached the posts the proper way. It was heavy and awkward, but we got it flipped without breaking the frame. Once we breathed that sigh of relief, we placed the frame and were ready for floorboards.
The first couple of floorboards were slow because we needed to be sure they lined up properly. Then the rest flew by quickly as we got into a rhythm. Next thing we knew, the deck was built. We fought nightfall and mosquitoes, but got the deck stained too. All in all a long day, especially for two full time working parents dabbling in DIY projects. But it is done and we could not be happier with the way it turned out.
The next step is framing. Stay tuned for the progress. Keeping checking our site and our Instagram page for progress, tips and tricks. And eventually the final project.