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Northern Playhouse or Garden Shed: Build Your Own, Family Session

Course Overview

Learning a new craft often involves starting with a small project to learn and practice skills before hitting the big time with a full scale project.The same is true for home construction! Build a practice house in this five-day introduction to stick frame construction. By building a charming play house or garden shed using inexpensive materials, students will learn the basic carpentry skills required for building a house of any size. Students will learn to lay out the floor, walls, and roof for a manageable 4x8 design with a porch. The finished playhouse will include a metal roof, handmade door, window and all needed hardware. It will weigh 600-700 pounds and can be loaded onto a trailer or in some truck beds to head off for adventures in your own backyard. Instructor Andy Keith notes, “When my daughter was young she and I built a playhouse from a pile of leftover lumber I had sitting around the yard. Eventually, she outgrew her little playhouse but her grandparents decided to convert it into their garden shed. Thirty years later that small little structure still stands the testament of love and time, full of memories and shovels and rakes.” 

This session makes a great project for adult-child teams or families and welcomes students ages 9+ to work with an adult or two to build not just a playhouse but memories that will last a lifetime! Recommended group size is no more than two adults and two children per project. Note, individual builders are still welcome to sign up to build a project solo.


Wed, Jul 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 12th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 5 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 9+
Registration Cost: $1,275.00
Includes materials fee of $850.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • cordless drill with charger
  • hammer
  • chisel (3/4")
  • speed square
  • tape measure
  • utility knife
  • pencil
  • ear and eye protection: North House has eye and ear protection available, but you may prefer your own for comfort and fit. Use of PPE is required when using power tools.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.