Do I Need A Building Permit/Building Code?
Most jurisdictions don’t require you to have a building permit as long as the building is around 110sqft or less. I would still recommend you contact your local office and check to see what the legal limits are for your area (zoning / permits). In Canada check your local municipality office, they will guide you through everything, just remember all information about your proposed playhouse. This is why in the earlier article; I said that it is important to plan where you want to put the playhouse. Never listen to anyone that says it doesn’t matter where you put it because months down the road you will be wishing I should have put here! You can move after but why the headache. In most cases obtaining a permit is very simple.
My name is Gary Whipple I have about 16 years in residential carpentry experience, with about 4 years in home renovations. Due to knee problems I cant do carpentry on a full time basis, but its nice to do it once in a while, and I hope you enjoy building your wooden playhouse as much as I did. With a small job like this you will see the rewards quickly.
Its really a good idea to make this a family project because the kid(s) will take better care of it if they know they contributed to the construction of it. Who knows maybe they can learn a thing or two from the project as well, and its good quality time spent with the kid(s). They will remember it for the rest of their lives and take refuge every time life throws them a curve ball later on in their life.
Squaring Your Playhouse For The Do-It-Yourselfer
Use The 3-4-5 Triangulation Method
Measure along the line 3 feet from the first stake A, and mark the string at this point. From stake A, run a second line perpendicular to the first. Measure out 4 feet to locate point C. If this second line is exactly at a right angle to the first, the diagonal line between A & C will be 5 feet. If not, move point C left or right until the diagonal measures 5 feet and stake that point.