Gate House - with upstairs bunk
- Cladding type: 12mm thick T&G Shiplap
- Framing type: 1¾” x 1¼”
- Internal Height: 3ft 8” at Lowest Eaves, 5ft 6” Highest Eaves, 7ft Apex
- Felt: Standard Mineral Felt
- Doors: Double Doors (front), Single Door (side) Magnetic Catches
- Windows: 2 x Perspex (front)
- Upstairs Bunk with ladder access
- Straight roof trims/fascias
- 1 x Set of Shutters
- 1 x Window Box
The colour samples shown should be used as a rough guide only.
If you require a more accurate match, please contact us for a colour swatch.
Please read the instructions completely before attempting to assemble the building.
Tools required: Drill & 6mm Bit, Hammer, Knife, Posidrive Screwdriver, Saw, 10mm Spanner/Socket
1. Select the Floor Panel. It is a plain rectangular panel with bearers running in one direction only. Lay the floor panel in the desired position on your base. The base must be flat and level, preferably of concrete/slabs or chippings.
2. Select the Back Panel. It is a plain gable end panel with framing all around the edge. Place the panel on the back edge of the floor, with the lip butting up against the side of the floor. While an assistant holds this panel, select a side panel with or without a window/door and butt this up to the back panel.
3. Line up side panel and gable so that they are flush on the external faces. From the inside, drill pilot holes, top, middle and bottom of high side, and top & bottom of low side. Only pilot one of the 2 butted-up frameworks. Place 75mm coach screw into piloted hole and lightly tap head with hammer for thread to bite. Using either a spanner or socket, tighten coach screw. Repeat this for all 4 corners, ensuring that all panel faces are flush on the external faces.
4. Now that all 4 walls are in place, select upper floor/bunk and post short edge into framework provision, above double garage door. Lower the rear end of the bunk onto framework provision at the rear. Note – the bunk has a knockout on one end, this is the rear end.
5. Once bunk is in place you should then place partition wall inside building, butting-up to long exposed edge of bunk. Fix partition verticals to vertical framing of front and rear, using coach screws. Secure bunk by fixing coach screws via underside bunk framing to front, side and rear section framing.
6. Place the Roof Panels onto the building. The cladding overhangs the framing where the roofs meet. Slot the uppermost piece of framing into the cut-out at the top of the gable. Centre the roofs on the house and check that they are sitting square on the house. If they are not then it is likely that your base is not level and the house will need lifting in one corner to square up the roof. Try each corner until you find the correct one.
7. With roof square and flush at ridge, nail roof into the framework top of all sides, back and front, with short galvanised nails.
8. Join the walls to the floor with one 3” nail between each upright, wherever possible. Make sure you nail into the floor bearers, by nailing in line with the production nails already in the floor.
9. The felt roll will have strips cut to size. Lay felt strips across the slope, working from low side up to ridge/apex. Fold the felt over the bottom rail of the roof, bringing it flush with the bottom edge of the framing. Hammer a clout nail ½” above the edge of the felt, in the centre. From the other side of the house pull the felt tight and make sure that it is square on the roof nail in the centre ½” below the edge of the felt. Smooth the felt out and nail in each corner ½” above the edge of the felt. Return to the other side of the house and nail edging strip along the bottom rail. Repeat the above for the opposite side. A ridge piece of felt may be required. If so, roll out the felt ensuring it is laying flat and level. Using clout nails, nail seam approx. 3” – 4” apart. Fold the ends of the felt over as neatly as possible and nail into the end of the roof sections. Trim the felt as necessary.
10. Fix the Barge Boards on, to cover the ends of the felt, using two 2” nails each end of the board. Nail into the end of the roof framing. With two 2” nails, nail the diamond finial on to cover the join between the Barge Boards.
11 Using the plastic provided, glaze the windows by nailing the window beading to framing on the inside. Remove double sided plastic film from Perspex glazing.
12. Nail mock window shutters to outside using short galvanised nails. Fix window box by first piloting a small hole and screw directly under any window, ensuring screws fix to internal framework.
13. Position ladder ensuring that angled bottom sits flat on floor. Pilot and drive nail through rail into the floor. Approximately ½ way up the side of the ladder the outer edge will touch framework of rear panel. At this point, pilot hole in ladder and drive in coach screw then ladder into framework. At top of ladder carefully fix to edge of bunk, nail diagonally making sure nail is not exposed.
14. To fix chimney, select desired position. Pilot 2 small holes through roof ensuring that chimney can be fixed to vertical corner posts inside chimney. Diagonally fix, i.e. top right and bottom left of chimney will suffice. Seal hole with mastic or similar to prevent water getting in. Drive a screw through piloted hole from the inside of the building to fix.
IMPORTANT: Before allowing children to play in the playhouse make sure that all screw and nail heads are flush with the timber surface and that you have not missed the framing with any nails or screws. Also check that there are not any nails exposing their points, especially from the roof.