Villa - with upstairs bunk
- Cladding type: 12mm thick T&G Shiplap
- Framing type: 1¾” x 1¼”
- Internal Height: 6ft at Eaves, 8ft at Apex
- Bunk Height: 18" to Eaves, 39" to Apex
- Felt: Standard Mineral Felt
- Door: Full Length or Stable style with Magnetic Catch
- Windows: 3 x Perspex (front)
- Upstairs Bunk with ladder access.
- 3ft deep Verandah
- Curly Roof Trims/Fascias
- 1 x set of Shutters
- 2 x Window Boxes
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, Step Ladder
1. Select the Floor Panel. It is a plain rectangular panel with runners 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 end of the floor. While an assistant holds this panel, select a side panel 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 and bottom of 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 the opposite end panel.
4. With the back and both sides now fitted, lift the door and window section onto the floor. Flush up outside faces and fix top and bottom as point 3.
5. Offer up front gable and frame, as with the window/door section, this component sits on using screws. Pilot and fix vertical framing with balustrade on both sides.
6. Glaze and bead upstairs/bunk window. (Perspex has removable protective film, peel off one side and place facing outwards). Bead, run sharp knife around perimeter and peel off second sheet of film.
7. Feed upstairs/bunk from inside of building into double framing on front gable and frame. Fix by means of piloting through underside framework into bunk runners, front, back & sides.
8. Place roof support/bunk entry truss onto the inside edge of the bunk floor. (You can choose either left or right access). Pilot and fix with coach screws in desired position.
9. Place the Roof Panels onto the building. The cladding overhangs the framing where the roof meets. Slot the uppermost piece of framing into the cut-out at the top of the gable. Centre the roof sections 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. Alternatively, you may need to slightly enlarge the knockouts for the roof to sit in.
10. With roof square and flush at front face of ridge, nail roof into the framework top of all sides, back and front, with short galvanised nails.
11. Nail the walls to the floor with one 3” nail between each upright, wherever possible. Make sure you nail into the floor runners, by nailing in line with the production nails already in the floor.
12. 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 in the top left or right edge of the felt. From the other side of the house pull the felt tight and make sure that it is square on the roof nail on the end ½” below the top edge of the felt. 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 and over lapping felt you have already laid. 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.
13. Fix the Barge/Curly 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.
14. Nail side roof edging strips along side edges of roof sandwiching felt between the roof edging strip of the roof.
15. Using the Perspex provided, glaze the windows by nailing the window beading to framing on the inside. Remove double sided plastic film from Perspex glazing.
16. 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.
17. Position ladder ensuring that angled bottom sits flat on floor. Pilot and drive nail though rail into the floor. Approximately half way up the side of the latter the outer edge will touch framework of side 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.
18. 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.