Playhouse Fort





Introduction: Playhouse Fort

I saw how expensive these were to buy and I thought I could build one for my son in a budget. So here you are, all for around £300.

Step 1: Sketch It Out

Write down or draw what you want to build. I did quite a few sketches first.

Step 2: Find a Place to Build

We had a great spot to build on at the bottom of our garden. First you need to dig four holes for the posts. I used postcreat to keep the posts stable.

Step 3: Base

Fix rafters to the posts and deck beams for the floor.

Step 4: The Building on Top

Make your frame for the house

Step 5: Bridge

Next I needed a way to get on the base. So I made a bridge from the old tree stump up to the floor level.

Step 6: Climbing Frame

Next I got a climbing rope net (£10 of eBay) and made a frame. Again post create to keep it firm in the ground.

Step 7: Roof and Hand Rail

I used old pallet wood for the sides and a donated glass window for one side. Last was to put a roof on it and make it safe. OSB board should do it. I will felt it one day. I used smooth plained wood for the hand rail as I thought this would feel nicer.

Step 8: Tyre Swing

There is a tyre swing under the house. Sorry but I forgot to photograph all the build steps for it. I may try to add in the future.

Step 9: Fin

That's it. If anyone wants any more info just let me know.

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    22 Discussions



    4 years ago


    This is awesome! I gotta get my hubby to build this in our backyard! I would love to play in this. If I am feeling nice and generous I'll let my children play in it too!

    I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who voted for my instructable

    Thanks chipper

    Thanks awesomness2002

    Hi niallw
    I will try to put a full list together. You could use hangers but I had a nail gun with 6" nails

    Hi mandrews1
    I think you are right. I will be putting a few braces in

    Hi kperea
    It cost approximately £300 and on and off about 50-60 man hours

    Can you provide a parts list for if I wanted to buy the wood to build it?

    The rafters are supported just by a nail into the end grain? No joint hangers?

    looks great, but I would prefer to see a little bit of bracing underneath.

    What was your total cost and how many hours to build it?

    Hi Monty
    I did think of that so I bought all the main supporting timbers in tanalised wood and these should last 30 to 60 years. Maybe I could still use it in my old age.'tanalised'_wood

    That is impressive but by 'creting in the posts they will rot. Voted

    Hi tim
    Thanks for the comms. I thought 2x6 as well but was advised 2x4 is good enough for raised decks with adults walking on them so should be ok for a couple of kids.

    Looks good, I like the tyre swing! I'd have been tempted to use 2x6 for the bracing for it and the walkway underneath. 2x4 is a little wimpy for this sort of thing, but I'm sure it's fine for a small child though.

    Thanks velorna. Please vote for me. The hammock would look great hanging inside

    Great job, looks great!