Custom Outdoor Playhouses

How to Design a Custom Playhouse?

Are you looking for a custom playhouse for your kids? Our small team at WholeWoodPlayhouses specializes in high quality, durable, safe and beautiful wooden playhouses that are easy to assemble. All of our outdoor playhouses (custom or in our Outdoor Playhouse Collection) are handcrafted with hand selected materials and painted with only water-based durable and sustainable colors.

Whether you already know what your kids dream playhouse is or if you are still designing it together, we have made the process easy with a few steps. Choose your:

  1. 1. Size & shape of your wooden playhouse
  2. 2. Your custom playhouse color
  3. 3. Your custom playhouse structures:
  4.   3.1 Playhouse roof
  5.   3.2 Playhouse terrace
  6.   3.3 Playhouse doors

  3.4 Playhouse windows

Following these easy steps will make sure that you have not forgotten anything for your custom playhouse and that your kids are able to describe their dream playhouse. And of course, feel free to add any extra elements - we will bring your dream playhouse into a real custom playhouse in your backyard!

2-Story Custom Playhouse with slide, sand box and large balcony on green playground with blue sky in the back by WholeWoodPlayhouses


Farmhouse Style Outdoor Playhouse with natural Flower boxes and blue door and window shutters and wooden terrace with white railings by WholeWoodPlayhouses

1.1 Custom Playhouse Size?

Yellow custom playhouse with white roof on gravel next to brown building by WoleWoodPlayhouses
Custom Outdoor Playhouse Wooden Castle with slide and climbing wall on grass in front of green trees by WholeWoodPlayhouses

1.2 Custom Playhouse Shape?

Custom_2-Storey_Kids_Playhouse with gray slide, a climbing wall and sandbox by WholeWoodPlayhouses
Outdoor Custom Playhouse with spiral slide by WholeWoodPlayhouses

1.3 Elevated Custom Playhouse?

White and black custom playhouse with round top window on stilt in garden by WholeWoodPlayhouses

Every backyard is different - some backyards are large, some small, some have a lot of trees, some a pool. In custom playhouse design, we think it best to first visit your garden, take in all the features of your yard and see if that will give you an idea how large your custom playhouse can be. If your kids want a large custom playhouse, but your backyard is small, then a special shape might help you out. For example, our DIY playhouse kit Little Clubhouse has two floors and a tilted roof - giving extra space in the wooden playhouse without making the playhouse look bulky from the outside.

The size and shape of your custom playhouse can also be designed to bring your kids dream playhouse closer to reality. For example, stilts can be added to a custom playhouse to make it look like a castle, princess tower or a fishing hut. Playhouse on stilts is also a good option when you do not want to loose grass area in your garden or if your kids wish to have an outside slide attached to their custom playhouse.


Yellow custom playhouse with a red wooden door in a green garden by WholeWoodPlayhouses
Pink wooden custom playhouse on gradd with trees and cloudy sky in the background by WholeWoodPlayhouses

Color is often the first thing that you are sure about your dream playhouse, but it maybe you have not yet made up your mind? Or perhaps after looking and thinking about the size, shape and location of your new custom playhouse, you are starting to consider a different color?

Unless your custom playhouse has a very distinc shape, the color of your outdoor playhouse will be the most noticeable feature of your wooden playhouse. Do you want your custom playhouse to pop out? Do you want your custom playhouse to fit with your house or shed? Is your kid dreaming of a specific color or knows exactly which dream their new outdoor playhouse is to fill? All these questions can help you narrow down on the selection of your new custom playhouse color.

The most important part of choosing a color for your custom playhouse: trust your gut and don't worry - you can always repaint!

Are you looking for a different shade?

Bright and distinct colors are not for everyone. Sometimes a subtle color or a small different in the shade of your chose color can make the world of difference for your new custom playhouse.

Although we recommend to choose the main outdoor playhouse color first and then continue with details, you can also think of the main color and details of your custom playhouse at the same time. Here you find examples of our custom playhouses that have a light color which bring the custom playhouse to life with white/black/pink trims of the playhouse.

One advantage of a subtle color for your custom playhouse is that your kids are more likely to continue using their wooden playhouse without any changes also when they have gotten older. Another advantage is that it is easier to decorate the custom playhouse for different occasions.

Custom playhouse in light color in a cargen on a stone ground by WholeWoodPlayhouses
Pink and grey Custom Playhouses with round top window and wooden terrace by WholeWoodPlayhouses
Light green custom playhouse in a garden with stone tiles by WholeWoodPlayhouses
Custom playhouse in white color with pink features and gladd door and windows in a corner of a garden by WholeWoodPlayhouses


3.1 Playhouse Roof

3.2 Playhouse Terrace

Custom Playhouse in red color with wooden terrace with steps on grass in the backyard by WholeWoodPlayhouses

3.3 Playhouse Doors

3.4 Playhouse Windows

Custom playhouse like a ship in white and blue colors with railing and terrace in a grass field in front og a forest by WholeWoodPlayhouses


Custom Playhouse Roof Material

Most of our outdoor playhouses have a metal roof because of its durability, reliability and aesthetic look. But that does not mean that your new custom playhouse has to come with a metal roof. Your custom playhouse can be custom made with a roof material of your choice! Shingles are the second most popular choice for outdoor playhouse roof material due to their look and durability.

A good rule is: if you can use it as roof material for your house, you can choose it for a roof material for your custom playhouse.

Custom Playhouse Roof Shape

The roof of your custom playhouse has to comply with the laws of physics, otherwise all shapes and sizes are welcome! And do not worry, we will make sure that the laws of physics are respected and your outdoor playhouse roof will keep its form for years to come.

Do you want a gambrel roof, an overaching roof, a classical roof, mini roofs for each of your custom playhouse windows or a butterfly roof for your custom playhouse? Let us know and we will figure out how to bring it to life.

Custom playhouse in white color with multiple black roofs and a terrace in WholeWoodPlayhouses workshop

Custom Playhouse Roof Color

The color of your custom playhouse roof depends on the material that you have chosen for the playhouse roof. Not all materials can be painted, but often they look beautiful in their natural color. If you have chosen for a metal roof, then the whole spectrum of colors and shades is available for your custom playhouse.

Many of our outdoor playhouses come with a white roof to minimize the warming effect of the summer sun. Some of our clients have chosen the playhouse roof color to be the same as their house color.

Custom playhouse in red and yellow color with a gery roof in the countryside by WholeWoodPlayhouses
Custom playhouse in bright colors and yellow roof on green grass and blue sky at the back by WholeWoodPlayhouses


Custom Playhouse Terrace Material

Most of our wooden playhouses come with a beautiful solid wood terrace, which is guaranteed to withstand years of running and jumping feet. This wooden rerrace is made out of high quality premium wood which has been handpicked from our long-term partners shops.

Not only makes it your custom playhouse beautiful, but we make sure that the wood comes only from sustainable forest managers.

Custom Playhouse Terrace Style

You can choose for a classical terrace in front of your custom playhouse. Or you can choose a terrace with railings for your custom playhouse.

Kids outdoor playhouse terrace railings can be with different shape and patterns, can hold flower boxes or support your previously chosen custom playhouse roof. Railings are also perfect for placing holiday or any other decorations on your kids playhouse!

Custom Outdoor Playhouse from Front with wooden terrace with white railings and glass door by WholeWoodPlayhouses

Custom Playhouse Terrace Details

All our custom playhouse clients have asked for white railings so far, but don't forget: you can also choose your custom playhouse railing color! Or colors or different decorations? Who says that a railing must be in one color or in one shape? Not us!

Let your own and your kids imagination flow and see what it brings. We will be here to make your dream custom playhouse come true.


Custom Playhouse Door Material

Custom playhouse door materials, you ask? We at WholeWoodPlayhouses are big fans of wooden doors - they are durable, sustainable and beautiful on any wooden playhouse. Our outdoor playhouse collection features different wooden playhouse door patterns (e.g. horizontal, fishbone, vertical).

Or do you prefer a metal door or a glass door? That can also be done! We like to make glass doors in a wooden frame that matches the windows of the kids playhouse, thus creating a true feeling of a real house.

Custom playhouse white front with glass door and windows on grass by WholeWoodPlayhouses

Custom Playhouse Door Design

Let your kids imagination flow - do they want a Dutch door, door with a window, decorated door or will a completely new shape and color bring their dream playhouse to life? Your kids playhouse door does not just have to be functional, but can serve as the holder of a steering wheel which the captaiuses to steer the ship. Or it can create the first feel of a magical forest hut with butterfly and flower engarvings.

We will make sure that your design comes to life in a durable and safe version - looking good and allowing your kids to run in and out of their wooden playhouse as much as they like!

Custom playhouse in white white with black window frames and wooden brown door by WholeWoodPlayhouses
Custom Playhouse from front with blue wooden door and 2 functional windows by WholeWoodPlayhouses


Ask your kids which custom playhouse windows they are wishing for or have a look at our outdoor playhouses collection and the photos below for inspiration. Think both of functionality and style - a shop window can be an awesome addition for a shop or a bakery, a flower pattern window the perfect addition to a princess castle. Or are you making a fort or some bars should be added to your dungeon windows? Let us know and we will bring it to life!

All WholeWoodPlayhouses windows are handcrafted from high quality wood and safety glass and if wanted, can be opened and closed.

PS! Do not forget to let us know if you want flower boxes or any other addition that we have not yet thought of!

Closeup of a man making a custom playhouse shop window by WholeWoodPlayhouses
Custom playhouse windows and door on close look in white color with black details by WholeWoodPlayhouses
Custom kids playhouse sinside view
Custom playhouse in a library in marine theme by WholeWoodPlayhouses
Close up of the shop Window of Modern Farmhouse Style Kids Playhouse by WholeWoodPlayhouses
Close up of the functional Window with blue shutters of Custom Outdoor Playhouse by WholeWoodPlayhouses


Contact us to bring your kids dream playhouse to life or to discuss ideas and help you finalize your custom playhouse plan. Contact us via mail, phone or the contact form below and we will get back to you right away!

8030 118th Ave N Largo 33773, Florida, United States

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