27 Jun 2012

Building the Best Cubby House in the Street

Posted by bcsands

There are few things more satisfying than creating something for someone you love, and building the best cubby house in the street is one of those projects. It takes a bit of organisation and imagination, but there are many different layouts and plans available. You do need to check with your local council before starting as there are some rules and restrictions.


Materials Required for a Cubby House

  • 6 Linear meters H4 treated pine posts 90 x 90mm
  • 15 Linear meters hardwood timber for bearers and cross members 150 x 50mm
  • 50 Linear meters hardwood stud timber 70 x 45mm
  • 6 sheets 12mm ply exterior grade base board 2400 x 1200mm
  • 15 treated pine pickets 1200mm long
  • 35 treated pine fence palings 2100mm long
  • 90 Linear meters treated pine lattice batons 42 x 10mm
  • 20 bugle baton screws
  • 4 bags galvanised nails 75mm
  • 2 bags flat head clout roof nails 50mm x 2.8mm
  • 1 bag Rapid set concrete
  • Paint
  • Curtains and decorations
  • Furniture


Stage 1 – The Cubby House Floor

Select a suitable site, measure up and place a string line along what will be the outside edge 2300 x 1800mm. Dig 600mm deep post holes at the corners and also two for the verandah which should be 700mm from the front edge. Use the quick set concrete to anchor the posts in place and ensure they are plumb and level.

Attach the bearers to the outer posts with bugle baton screws to create the basic frame. Make sure the beams are parallel level. As they will form the step up for the children, don’t set them higher than 300mm from the ground to the top of the beam. Nail one cross member at 700mm and another 1800mm from the front bearer to support the floor. Place the final beam at 675mm from the front, as this is where the floor boards will meet. Trim the posts to the same level as the bearers. Finally place the base board so it sits over half of the final beam and another one to sit over the other half for strength.


Stage 2 – Cubby House Walls

Starting with the side walls, and cut the top and bottom boards into 1200mm x 1700mm, lay them side by side and mark out 4 studs about 500mm apart using the 70 x 45mm hardwood stud timber.  Cut a window into in each wall. Erect the side walls and hammer them down through corner studs to the floor. Attach a length of wood between the two middle studs of both walls (600mm from the floor) to create the window sills.

The studs on the front of the cubby will need to allow for a 600mm door and a 500mm window. Cut out the window and door and hammer a window sill and door frame around the outside. Attach the studs to the back wall about 530mm apart, and then attach the front and back walls into place.


Stage 3 – The Roof and Verandah

To create the slope of a skillion roof, add a piece of wall tall enough to create a 45o angle, and two triangle pieces for the side walls. Place four rafters from the back wall to about 100mm past the end of the verandah at 470mm intervals.

Nail the two verandah posts to the two outside rafters and then attach the roof bearer and verandah bearer across the middle. Hammer the fence palings into place starting from the bottom and working upwards, overlapping each one by 20mm. Nail a paling on each end to create a facia board.


Stage 4 – Cubby House Finishing Touches

Create the finishing touches using the lattice batons across the front of the verandah and offcuts to surround the windows and door.
Paint, curtains, fixtures and furniture can be selected by the future occupant, and the result will be that you have built the best cubby house in the street.

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