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A playhouse seems to be one of those things that children universally dream about. When I was a child, I daydreamed about a self-contained structure that looked like a miniature version of a real house. My husband thought playhouses were super cool, too. We purchased our first home last year and it came with a play set that needed some work. We had grand visions for it: new swings, a second slide, and a playhouse reminiscent of a real house! It took learning a new skill and a couple of weekends, but we did it. You can build your kids the playhouse you always wanted!
We went to Lowe’s to purchase GAF roofing supplies. GAF is normally thought of as a brand for contractors, but these products are DIY-friendly as well! Timberline® shingles are the best selling shingles in North America. They’re extremely durable and made with proprietary, granular technology. The GAF Roofing Center made it easy to select which look and color we wanted for our playhouse structure. We selected Timberline HD® Shingles. While you’re shopping, pick up safety glasses and gloves as well.
Building the structure for the playhouse took one weekend. The existing structure wasn’t quite square, so required extra maneuvering and effort to finish the final side with our 2 x 4s and 1 x 6 planks. To bring my front porch vision to life, we built the base and dug out the area before installing it.
We used 1 x 6 planks to finish the front porch base. Then it was time to frame out the roof. We opted for a peaked overhang above the door and a larger covered porch, which will later have little Adirondack chairs for the kids. You will need 2 x 4s and 4 x 4 posts.
A sheet of plywood topped the roof and that concluded our first weekend!
My in-laws came to visit and after consulting the weather forecast, roofing became a family project. Possible rain and storms for an entire week? We had to get our GAF roofing on and stain the playhouse!
The FeltBuster® High-Traction Synthetic Roofing Felt was the first step. Jo rolled it out for measuring.
My husband and father-in-law measured and installed the aluminum drip edge.
I’m blessed with amazing in-laws who have extensive DIY knowledge and are always willing to help! Next up: Timberline HD® Shingles. Our delivery driver dropped them off by the playhouse for us.
You can use Pro-Start™ Starter Strip Shingles for your first row, or begin with Timberline HD® Shingles. Use roofing nails to keep the shingles in place.
Layer the shingles along the roof.
Use TimberTex® Premium Ridge Cap Shingles on ridges.
After two coats of stain, our DIY playhouse was complete! It not only looks great, but it’s also extremely durable. Our kids will be able to enjoy this playhouse for years to come.
This was such a fun project! I might spend as much time in the playhouse as my kids. It turned out exactly like my childhood daydreams. How will you use GAF products for your next DIY?