Monday 5 January 2015

Wendy House Build

For Christmas this year I built my girls a Wendy house for them to play in. It was a great present as they seem to love it, I built it in the evenings and weekends leading up to Christmas and erected it on Christmas eve. There's a surprising amount of work and wood in it. The cost of the wood alone was over £350 not including some stuff I already had.
Building frames in the workshop - I wanted ti to be modular so I could carry it all down the garden on my own.

Adding ship lap boarding to each side, this is where the main cost is as ship lap is quite expensive.

Side frames built - note how the ship lap boarding runs over the edges so that the joints will be more water proof, there is then a 2x1 trim that runs down the sides for the boards to butt into.

The front frame with a a window and door

Setting up the base. I went a bit over the top with the number of pads but I guess I'm going to have to go in there for tea parties so I want it to be strong and solid.

Painting all the panels, each side had two coats of Cuprinol shades. Although this is water based it does give a good finish.

Starting to assemble the house. Luckily we had good weather on Christmas Eve or this could have been a horrible job!

This si not a small Wendy house!

I sheeted up all the windows that the girls could see out of so as not to wreck the surprise!

Getting there. Ply added to the roof to be felted, handrail on the veranda all finished

Christmas morning, she was so excited to go in!

They both loved it!
Quite a fun project in the end and I'm sure they'll get many hours of happiness out of it (and hopefullly I'll get many hours in the garden because of it! 
I'm planning on adding a few extras for the eldest birthday as that's later this month.


  1. That's just marvellous! A Wendy House is definitely on my 'to do' list as well. Expect to see a clone of your Wendy House erected in Angola soon!

    1. I look forward to it! There's a deck getting built on the side for her birthday to be a little outside café!

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    1. They both do. Hopefully I'll get many extra hours in the garden because of it!

  3. Fabulous. No doubt you'll keep a well-hidden bottle of wine in there too... for those 'man moments'.

    1. Maybe an area in the roof! Mine you I've got my own shed for that sort of thing!


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