$300 Playhouse

Log Cabin Playhouse for under $300

5' x 8' log cabin playhouse (including front porch)

I noticed that my 3 year old Son always gravitated toward the playhouses whenever we went to a big playground. So, I put Playhouse on my list of things to get for him.

Yeah well, after shopping around for a while I found that a Playhouse of any decent size was $1200 for a striped down, 4'x 6' box. Then there was the Log Cabin one that I thought was really cool but it was $3700, marked down from $4200 because it was a floor model!

Then came my inspiration, my Neighbors put in a Stockade fence this spring and were resting the panels against their garage until they used them. I walked outside, glanced over and thought... Dang, those look like the side to a log cabin! And so my planning began.

Parts List:

6 - 6' x 8' stockade fence with 2x3 supports

4 - 4 x 4 x 6' Treated timbers

2 - 2 x 4 x 8' Treated lumber

2 - 2 x 4 x 8' Lumber

1 - 2 x 3 x 8' lumber. (As straight as possible)

1 - 1 x 3 x 8' lumber

1 roll of Roll roofing

2 - 1lb Box of 1 1/4" Deck Screws

1lb Box of 3" Deck Screws

1lb Box of 7/8 roofing nails (left over from another project)

3 Gallon of Deck stain (2 light cedar, 1 dark green)

2 Packages of Cedar shims

Total Cost for me = $268.42

Tools Required:

Shovel: Spade


4' Level



Circular Saw

Chalk line


Utility knife

While building this I took a lot of pictures in order to create my first post on Instructables.com. Due to the nature of the Instructables web site it offers many more pictures and details. For further information about this playhouse please follow the link to that site: Here.