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Forum topic by JakeF posted 07-20-2015 02:41 AM 545 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JakeF

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07-20-2015 02:41 AM

Howdy All,
I live up in New Hampshire and I am trying to get a fort built for my twin boys b-day next month.

I have found a ton of ideas online, but I’m stuck on the “plans”. I can build it, but I am not sure what the most stable method of building a “Platform” for this is?

I then need some advice on the roof. I’ve thought of buying plans, but I’ve emailed 3 companies that sell them and not one reply.

Can anyone assist? The kids like an “L Shape Design”. I don’t plan to store anything under it, I’m raising just to make it more fun.

THanks!
Jake


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#1 posted 07-20-2015 12:50 PM

How high are we talking? If it were me, and I am by no means an architect, I would sink some PT 4×4 posts in concrete at the corners, then lag bolt some 2×8s around, and build the rest like a shed, or standard house.

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 05:49 PM

New Hampshire and New York (where I am from) share a similiar wintertime cllimate. So I suggest that you look up code (I know, I know this is a play house, not a year round structure, not supporting a lot of weight etc.) But look up code anyway and determine what the general concensus is related to the “frost line” in the area. Anything you do should penetrate that layer (let’s call it 3 feet for arguement’s sake) in order to remain stable. In generally this usually means digging the footing a little deeper, no big deal. After that grab some concrete tubes from the homestore drop your 4X4s in there and fill with bagged mix cement until you are just below the surface. Frame out the floor structure with 2X8, 8 inches on center and you got yourself a bombproof structure.

If that all seems too intense for a play house, it is, but if you are anything like me, right is right. If you want to raise it off the ground and make it sound do it like you would build a house and for the same reasons.

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