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Hi All,
I'm designing a playhouse with a loft for my son. I have the frame of the of play house. I'll be using resurfaced 2x4 for the frame and will have some type of paneling for the wall. There will be a door and window on the front of the playhouse. I would like a rustic look. Any suggestions to get the 2x4 to be a darker color and have the panels a lighter?

The bed will be above the playhouse with a railing system. There will be a steps going up one end to get to the bed. The top and stairs are still in flux.

I was going to use M&T to attach the vertical pieces to the horizontal boards. Rabbets, dowels, and furniture bolts will hold the sides and front/back together. If I made the railing for the bed separate from the frame how could I securely attach it to the frame? Would a tongue and grove be strong enough? I'm thinking this thing will be used for the next 10 years. It would be nice to be able to separate the railing from the frame. (We'll be moving at least once within the next 5 years, with a possible second move across the country).

Any other suggestions. Am I doing some obviously stupid? How can I make it better? How would you do it?

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Awesome house woodnthings. The one I'm planning is much smaller. The inside dimension is 75x39, the size a a twin bed.

I was thinking of having the panel fit between the frame studs. Possibly in a grove.

For portability, I was thinking the top railing, the stairs, the 4 walls could all be separated. The walls would still be large (78"x45"), but they could be moved.
 
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