Just like adults, children need their own space and one of the best ways to provide them with this is a playhouse! Not only does it provide children with a safe and fun play area but also gives them a place they can call their own!
However, building or installing a playhouse in your garden will require some planning to make sure you get the most out of it. To help you prepare, our garden experts have created a comprehensive guide to ensure a smooth installation process of your playhouse!
Here is everything you need to plan and consider when installing your child’s playhouse:
All of our playhouses are self-assemble and come with comprehensive and easy to follow instructions. Assembling a playhouse is usually a straightforward task and requires a few basic woodworking tools. Here is a list of the tools you’ll need handy when installing a playhouse:
- Hammer – Although construction methods may vary from one playhouse to another, at some point, it is inevitable you’ll need a hammer to nail pieces together.
- Drill and drill bits – A drill will allow you to create holes in each wooden part that needs to be attached. When it comes to the size of your drill bits, you can use the thin ones so as not to split up small wooden parts.
- Screwdriver – We would suggest that you prepare one cross-headed and one flat blade screwdriver. It would also help a lot if you have access to an electric screwdriver when assembling your child’s playhouse to save time and energy.
- Wood saw – Though playhouse kits come in pre-cut parts, you may find some that need to be modified a little to fit the whole structure. It’s important to have a wood saw with you.
- Spirit level and tri square – It is important to keep these tools handy when assembling a playhouse to make sure that it sits square and level.
- Stanley knife – Keep a Stanley knife with you at all times because you can always encounter packaging such as plastic ties that need to be cut. You can also use it to remove small irregularities in the playhouse wood.
- Stepladder – Though most playhouses aren’t that high, using a stepladder tool will allow you to work well in putting the roof in place or fixing its roofing felt.
- Tape measure – Use this tool to make sure that you are affixing correctly measured parts with each other.
- Pencil – Creating a neatly assembled wooden playhouse will require you to mark some parts so make sure to keep a carpenter pencil handy.
- Optional tools: sandpaper, adjustable wrenches and safety goggles.
When planning for your child’s playhouse, make sure to consider installing a stable foundation. It has to endure a lot of jumping and playing, as well as the damp British climate.
A stable foundation should ensure that the playhouse doesn’t end up as a crooked structure. You can opt for concrete, paving slabs or a preformed base. You could also consider slightly raising the playhouse from the ground to reduce the risk of rot.
When it comes to flooring, Garden Buildings Direct’s array of high-quality wooden playhouse designs come in durable 11mm T&G floors. We also offer a 10mm Durelis Solid Sheet option you can choose.
One of the most important things to plan for when installing a playhouse is its location in your garden. Do consider the following:
- Level ground – A kid’s playhouse needs to be set up on a flat, level ground that is slightly bigger than the structure’s dimensions. If you have uneven ground in the garden, you will have to install a good base.
- Safety area – Make sure to place your playhouse at least 1.8m away from any other structures or obstacles. It will provide them with a safe area around the playhouse, preventing them from hurting themselves.
- Drainage – A playhouse should not be placed in a waterlogged area as it may cause the wooden structure to rot over time. No matter how well-made, no playhouse is completely proof against rising water.
- Weeds and trees – Overhanging plants around the playhouse may drip consistently in one spot and cause the structure to corrode. Avoid placing it in close proximity with trees to allow it to dry well after it has rained.
- Supervision – Another important consideration in planning where to place your playhouse is keeping your children in sight. Locate it somewhere you can work and relax while being able to monitor the playhouse.
Your preferred location may ultimately depend on the type of playhouse you choose. For example, a tower playhouse, such as the Bunny Max Tower Playhouse, may require more space than the Bunny Playhouse.
4. Planning permission
Normally, playhouses do not require planning permission when being installed in your property. But, if it covers half the garden, not for domestic use, is over three metres high, or includes roof feature four metres high, you will need to secure a planning permit.
Finally, the last thing you need to plan for your kid’s playhouse is what appearance you want it to take. This will affect how you will install and position the structure in your outdoor space. To get some inspiration, we have listed down a lot of tips and ideas you can use to create well-decorated garden playhouse in this blog. Additionally, we offer a variety of designs which you can also modify with optional features.
Let your kids enjoy the outdoor play they need in a well-planned garden playhouse! Aside from proper planning, purchasing a high-quality structure is equally important, so feel free to scroll through our wide selection of sturdy and reliable garden playhouses!