Tiny House Summer Camp 4

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Build an outbuilding or playhouse from FREE DOORS- plans HERE too....



Hmmmm...I DO have a lot of doors and windows waiting to be used, so perhaps at my upcoming hands-on workshop in MA (Nov. 15-17, 2013), we could build and design SECOND structure too?..... I honestly have SO many sorted piles of salvaged, and perfectly good building materials that its going to be a lot of fun finding design uses for them- and a GREAT learning experience! I have DOZENS of gallons of wild paint colors too! 

ANYWAY, I LOVE THIS! I have a plan in my book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks" that is semi-similar in approach, in that it uses MANY free and recycled doors as its wall panels, but this a great twist, and something I've contemplated before as well. I love A-frames, and love freebie construction materials, so this one's a no brainer. I also really dig the vibrant colors that EARTHSCAPE (a natural building firm from Toronto) employed.

HERE'S HOW TO BUILD THIS TOO- courtesy of an AWESOME BLOG- www.play-scapes.com DO CHECK THEM OUT!


 MY BOOK....

DIY Recycled Door Playhouse
The doors are the first item to be purchased or found. They should be solid wood doors, exterior grade is preferable. The size of the doors will determine the dimensions of the floor and the height of the structure. If you are finding used doors the opposing doors should be the same width. Door heights are fairly standard but pay attention to that as well especially if using used doors.
Once the position of the doors has been determined the size of the platform can be decided. We made the side approximately 10″ wider than the total width of the two doors to allow for the cumulative width of the three studs and extra  on the outside corners. 
1.  Begin by setting four concrete pads level with each other and set so that the outer edge will be even with the outside of the floor framing. Plan for at least 1 1/2″ pressure treated shims on the pad. Pads for the step (s) can also be set. 
2.   Construct  the cedar floor  six feet wide and 10″ inches longer than your two doors measure. If two 34″ doors were used on the side the length would be 34 + 34 +10 = 78″. 
3. The 2″ x 6″ cedar frame can be laid out so that the outside tip of the of the 2 x 6 is as wide as the floor.  There is a 2 x 6 ridge beam under the the round ridge pole.   Once the size and angles of the sides has been determined cut 2″ off the top tip so the framing will cradle the pole used  for the ridge. 
 4. The doors are resting against  2″ x 2″s which are screwed to the inside of the walls studs. The strips were attached 2 1/2″ in from the edge so the framing would protrude above the door. 
 5. Assemble and brace the A frame pieces. Fasten the studs with screws into the floor and ridge piece.  
 6. The painted doors can then be laid into the spaces and screwed to the framework. 
 7. Attach the cedar post ridge pole. Let the ends protrude if you wish.  
 8. If needed the step can be made from 2 x 6″ cutoffs. This can be set on a pad and screwed to the floor joists.   Build the frame slightly smaller than the 24″ x 11″ tread. 
 9.  The four corners have a cedar log attached which finishes the corners and makes a usable seat. This is notched to fit over the corner of the deck. Fasten to the deck with timber screws. 
- See more at: http://www.play-scapes.com/#sthash.x0dm8zZV.dpuf
DIY Recycled Door Playhouse
The doors are the first item to be purchased or found. They should be solid wood doors, exterior grade is preferable. The size of the doors will determine the dimensions of the floor and the height of the structure. If you are finding used doors the opposing doors should be the same width. Door heights are fairly standard but pay attention to that as well especially if using used doors.
Once the position of the doors has been determined the size of the platform can be decided. We made the side approximately 10″ wider than the total width of the two doors to allow for the cumulative width of the three studs and extra  on the outside corners. 
1.  Begin by setting four concrete pads level with each other and set so that the outer edge will be even with the outside of the floor framing. Plan for at least 1 1/2″ pressure treated shims on the pad. Pads for the step (s) can also be set. 
2.   Construct  the cedar floor  six feet wide and 10″ inches longer than your two doors measure. If two 34″ doors were used on the side the length would be 34 + 34 +10 = 78″. 
3. The 2″ x 6″ cedar frame can be laid out so that the outside tip of the of the 2 x 6 is as wide as the floor.  There is a 2 x 6 ridge beam under the the round ridge pole.   Once the size and angles of the sides has been determined cut 2″ off the top tip so the framing will cradle the pole used  for the ridge. 
 4. The doors are resting against  2″ x 2″s which are screwed to the inside of the walls studs. The strips were attached 2 1/2″ in from the edge so the framing would protrude above the door. 
 5. Assemble and brace the A frame pieces. Fasten the studs with screws into the floor and ridge piece.  
 6. The painted doors can then be laid into the spaces and screwed to the framework. 
 7. Attach the cedar post ridge pole. Let the ends protrude if you wish.  
 8. If needed the step can be made from 2 x 6″ cutoffs. This can be set on a pad and screwed to the floor joists.   Build the frame slightly smaller than the 24″ x 11″ tread. 
 9.  The four corners have a cedar log attached which finishes the corners and makes a usable seat. This is notched to fit over the corner of the deck. Fasten to the deck with timber screws. 
- See more at: http://www.play-scapes.com/#sthash.x0dm8zZV.dpuf

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