Organizing a recreation area for children on your site is not as easy as it might seem at first glance. The easiest option that will delight any child is the construction of a playhouse.
Every child dreams of his own personal space for play, a place where he could retire. That is why all kinds of huts are being built, cellars and sheds are being cleared. All these options, although they develop initial building skills in children, however, firstly, are not safe, secondly, they are often illegal, and thirdly, they completely take children away from adult supervision. To organize a closed play space and, at the same time, avoid the listed disadvantages, you can make a special play house.
There are quite a few ways to arrange such a house. We will tell you how to make a portable children’s house yourself. The described option does not require special construction skills and significant funds. In addition, a small mass will make it possible to move the house from place to place and, thus, organize a play area in any convenient place on the site.
A children’s house should be durable, functional, beautiful, large enough and, most importantly, safe. It is desirable that all doors and windows are closed and locked. In addition, if you organize an attic in the house, then you can relax there in between games..
Materials and tools
For the construction of a playhouse, the following materials and tools will be required:
- Plywood 10 mm thick, size 1500×1500 mm – 7 sheets.
- Metal brackets – 30 pieces.
- Self-tapping screws.
- Bolts with nuts.
- Enamel for outdoor use.
- Biopregnation of wood type “Senezh”.
- Window hinge – 12 pieces.
- Espagnolette – 4 pieces.
- Door handles – 2 pieces.
- Electric jigsaw or hacksaw for wood.
- Screwdriver or screwdriver.
- House paint brushes.
Making a children’s play house
1. Any construction work must begin with the production of drawings.
From the facade we will organize the entrance to the house itself and the entrance to the attic. On the other two sides – the opposite front and side, we will make windows. The fourth wall will be blank.
2. Cut out the four walls of the house. We cut out the windows according to the drawings. We saw the pieces of plywood that remained from the window openings vertically into two halves – these will be shutters. Cut out an arched door in the front wall. The piece of plywood remaining from the opening will serve as a door.
3. The resulting four walls of the house are assembled in the form of a cube using metal corners and bolts with nuts.
4. We cut out the ceiling and fix it at the corners on our cube. We fasten a bar under the ceiling in the middle for structural rigidity. We cut out two triangles-pediments, in one of which we make an opening for the entrance to the attic. The remaining piece will serve as a small attic door. We fix the pediments on the ceiling along the end walls with the help of corners and self-tapping screws.
5. We cut out two roof canvases and fix them on the gables with self-tapping screws.
6. We hang doors and shutters. For this we will use small window loops. All shutters and doors are hung on two hinges..
7. We fasten handles, latches. On one canvas, from the inside of the shutter, we fasten the latch, and on the other from the outside, a small vertical strip-strip.
8. From the inside, we fix the horizontal bar so that the shutters do not bend into the house.
We also do with the second window..
9. We take sandpaper and sand all the edges of the plywood so that children do not plant splinters.
10. To make the house last as long as possible, we saturate it with Senezh. We cover in two layers. After the house dries up – about 5 hours – we start painting. In our case, we paint the walls yellow, the roof in sky blue, and the door and shutters in crimson.
11. Inside the house we paint in pink and lilac tones. From the remains of plywood we make a table – a rectangle of 250×560 mm and chairs – one quarter of a circle with a radius of 400 mm, the second piece of plywood, about 250×400 mm in size, rounded at the edges.
We do the same for shelves. We fix them with self-tapping screws on the walls of the house and paint them brown. To keep the chairs more secure, we fix the plywood triangles with self-tapping screws.
12. From scraps of plywood we make a pipe with a height of 700 mm and fasten it with self-tapping screws to the pre-painted roof of the house. Paint the pipe brown and draw white stripes on it to simulate brickwork.
13. To make the house not boring, you need to paint it. What exactly to draw on the walls, doors and shutters is up to you, the main thing is that you can do this together with the children – let them also take part in creating their own little game world.
14. Now you’re done! Children will be happy to play in their new home.