Step 11: The Shutters

The shutters are for more than just looks. They actually secure all of the little pieces of siding that are left when cutting out the windows.

each shutter is made from six individual pieces. Four that are 24" long and Two that are 8" long. Again, stain all sides of these pieces prior to installing.

Clamp the first long piece along the edge of the window ensuring it will overlap top and bottom onto full length siding slats. Now, go inside. You need to pre-drill all of the small slats since they WILL split if you don't. Then just secure the first part of the shutter from the inside through each slat.

Now, the second long piece of shutter is just for looks, and it is usually over one of the stringers so you won't be able to screw it on from the inside. Just secure the piece with two screws. Pre-drill them and locate them under where the shutter cross pieces will go.

Then pre-drill and screw in place the cross pieces from the front.
<p>This thing is a great idea. I'm not yet finished, but the kids love it already!</p><p>I made a couple of minor changes:</p><p>- The 4 walls are PT fencing sections. They should resist rot a bit better. The floor is untreated because I have experienced firsthand the joys of PT splinters.</p><p>- I added more lengthwise supports under the platform. I used PT 2x4's, and notched them around the landscaping timbers. It firmed up the floor nicely, and eliminated the shims since the thickness in the notch matches the stringer thickness.</p><p>- I also coped in some 2x4 supports on the 'porch' area to beef up the roof overhang.</p><p>- I also added a 2x3 on the inside, bottom edge of the window, since my kids like to crawl through windows. I may do the same above the door frame as well.</p><p>These are all minor tweaks though - I wouldn't not have thought of this, and it would have been enormously more difficult without the guidance of this Instructable.</p>
I absolutely love this idea. Cudos to a GREAT FATHER. You and your children are blessed. I've been looking for something for myself as a small/mini retreat but prices start at $3,000. Your idea allows this &quot;get away&quot; to be more personal and much more affordable. I'd like to double the size, (any suggestions?), ... we'll tweek with the cereal boxes until we've gotten it. Thank you again for sharing such a wonderful idea. ?
<p>Great job HoboWisperer, that looks fantastic! I'm sure the kids will have fun in there for years. Thanks for posting the picture</p>
<p>Thanks. Took me a year, but i finally added the front door :) i found that the fence stringers seemed to be not quite exactly perpendicular to the slats, and parallel to each other, so there's a few small alignment issues. I had to add a shim on the door frame do that a rectangular door would fit and swing properly. Overall, I'm still very happy with this design, and surprised at how dry it stays inside - with the slat walls, I really expected rain to splash through, but with the exception of a few hard driving trains, it is always dry in there! Again, thanks for the idea.</p>
<p>Thank you for posting the update! I'm glad you finished it, it looks great!</p>
Id like to Thank Mike O for the awesome plans here, I went to my local Lowes and got everything on the list, all for $249. However, I have shanged a few things...such as adding 2 feet to the floor length and 1 foot to the height. I also added a piece of 18"x24" plexiglass for the skylight Im putting in. (alredy had that). All in all, I used these basic plans and now I have a 7'x 4.5' x 6' with an additional two foot front porch. Thanks Mike!
I would love to see it. any chance you could post a picture of it?
Yeah....Ill have it mostly finished this weekend, then Ill post. ;)
<p>your weekend is up! lets see the pics if your still alive</p>
Would love to see pictures!
Though mine came out very different, I never could have completed it without this instructable. Thanks. Here's a link to mine:<br><br>http://web.me.com/michaelalves/playhouse/Photos.html<br><br>Also, search craigslist for fence panels. Many people near me give them away when they redo a fence.
VERY NICE, Thank you for posting a picture and the link to more.<br>Makes me happy to know more kids are having fun.
If you are tackling this or simular projects ... Lowe's &amp; Home Depot give 10 %discounts to military &amp; military retirees,,,. Also both usually do a buy 5 get the 6th one free on the fence panels ...
Simply amazing. Keep up the repair and when your youngest is to old to use it, Turn a hefty profit :)
this is a great instructable and im so doing this when i have kids. very good use of fencing.
Wow, a favorite for my grandson :)
What a great job of both the cabin and instructable ! (stopping the saw to take pics) Bravo!
Going to attempt to build one of these Saturday with a group of friends. What is my material list i will need. A rough supply list would be great! I love this little playhouse you built from your son. Thanks Kim
I love the way you adapted the fence panels. That's just awesome and it looks great.
&nbsp;Very well done
&nbsp;amazing sir is there anyway u can make it a shed or even a real house with more supplys?<br />
Great Instructable. Like the fact that you reinvented the fence panel.. Good Job<br />
I wish I had a handy dad like you! This is awesome! Very nice pictures. I'm trying to make one for myself... I mean my dogs in my tiny back yard.<br />
Dude! I want one! And I'm a teenager. Can you make me one pwease?
yo dude me too make me one pwease pritty pwease<br />
,,me too,,
Just finished making one for my kids.&nbsp; Took me 3 or4 days, cost about $350 total.&nbsp; Thanks for the clear, easy-to-follow directions and pictures.&nbsp; Kids are looking forward to years of play in it.<br />
I was just wondering where you got your fence from b/c our Lowes doesn't sell the rounded kind.
You might want to add a comment to one photo in step 9. The photo is the one where you show that you need inside and outside door handles. There's something (or someone) lighting up the inside of that playhouse. Whatever could it be? BTW, you're a great dad and your son will never forget the playhouse you built just for him.
I cannot seem to print out the detail pictures. When I print the instructions there is a cut out. Help!
This is one of the best instructables! Just one minor suggestion, for those that live where the ground can stay wet for awhile. You might want to use cinder blocks or bricks under the foundation to keep the wood up off the ground so it won't rot over time. In wet areas, that can be a short amount of time too. Thanks again for the great ideas! vlackey
I love it! I stopped to check prices today on a similar style for my 8 and 9 year old, and was shocked to discover they were $2800 and $2900. Any suggestions for building a larger version? My boys are tall.
Well, I know they make 8' high fence panels. You could probably use them. You would loose the front porch since the floor is made up of a single panel 8' long, if you use larger panels for the sides I would guess you would get 7' wide walls, so you would need to trim your floor to fit the exact size of the house. I would say go find some 8' high panels, measure them and make a cardboard model of what you want. "I cut up cereal boxes for my model" Take your time, and Good luck.
Great project. I'm going to look at implementing the stockade panels as a roof for my kids playfort. How did you fix the gap at the roof peak?
I have just updated it. Take a look at step 10. It turns out that the gap was a really good thing to have.
beautiful. i love it. well documented, well done, and i love the idea of using the fence panels for it. You could build a house like that. hope your son enjoys and uses the heck out of that thing.

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