What child does not dream of having his own kingdom in the treetops? The little house above the ground stimulates children’s imagination and increases their motor skills. As a retreat and play castle, the garden playhouse is a great reason for the little ones to play outside again in the digital age. But how do you build a tree house without having a suitable tree in the garden? A playhouse on stilts is a great alternative. Today we’re going to show you a great example of a successful DIY build that will fascinate kids of all ages. Read on to learn how you can build a stilt house with a slide, sandbox and climbing wall in your backyard yourself!
Blogger Kati and her husband built this stunning stilt house for their kids last summer. On her blog housefullofhandmade.com she has compiled everything important about the playhouse construction: Construction plan, budget, materials and tools, building instructions, etc. And the result is simply overwhelming!
With its compact dimensions (150 x 200 cm), the playhouse on stilts does not take up so much space and is ideal even for a small garden. In a small version without a slide is already enough mini building, which can be reached by a rope ladder.
Stilt house for children is protected from the wind and has a semi-transparent polycarbonate roof. It has walls from three sides and is open only to the front. The chosen roof material keeps out the sun’s harmful rays, but allows plenty of light into the playhouse. Thus, children can play outside in any weather. Furthermore, a sandbox is designed under the stilts, which is also well protected from bad weather conditions.
How to build a stilt house for children in your own garden?
1.Build the platform from pressure-treated lumber.
2. assemble the three walls, paint them and then attach them to the platform.
3. put a high railing on the open side.
4. assemble the slide and climbing wall for extra fun.
5. build the rafters and attach the roof panels.
6.Furnish and decorate the stilt house for kids.
Below we show you the highlights of the building instructions. If you want to build a wooden playhouse like this yourself, you can read about the details on Kati’s blog. She even calculated the total cost of building the stilt house: 760 US dollars, which is about 615 euros. So before you decide to do such a do it yourself project, determine your budget and find out the prices of building materials. The cost and time compared to the ready-made kits is considerable, but the result is stunning, as you can see for yourself.
1. build the pedestal for the stilt house for children.
Dig the pedestal about 10 cm deep into the ground
and level it
2. the stilt house for children has walls for three sides
The back wall
The side walls
Install the walls on the platform
Screw the screws at an angle
3. build railing for the stilt house with slide
4. install the slide and climbing wall
5. attach the roof panels
This is how the finished playhouse on stilts looks in the garden!