|Forum topic by mishmish||posted 09-07-2012 05:56 PM||30780 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
09-07-2012 05:56 PM
I am planning on building an elevated play fort for my two sons, 5 & 2. The fort will be based on a combo of these two plans: http://ana-white.com/2010/05/furnture-plans-playhouse-deck.html and http://www.thehandmadehome.net/2012/06/a-handmade-hideaway/
However I’m not entirely comfortable with the stability of these plans and have questions about how to make it rock solid. The play house will be 4 feet high off the ground, probably 10×10. Would it be better to A) have a 4×4 not only at the 4 corners but also halfway between each, so at every 5 feet; or B) dig holes for the 4 corner posts and put them in concrete, say around 18” down. (we’re in florida so there’s no frostline per se)
Also, if I were to use cedar instead of pt wood, would that affect the stability any?
Thanks so much, I appreciate your help! I will start this once the intense humidity + mosquitoes die down in the next few weeks.