Since I was a kid a long long time ago I always had a fascination with building fortes and club houses.  Whether it was out of pillows or cardboard i used whatever was at my disposal.  Now that I have more resources available than just pillows and blankets I decided it was an opportune moment in my life to build a real one for my kids.

I have never built a structure in my life but I started out with 4 4x4 by 16' redwood posts and several bags of quikrete and I was launched past the point of no return.  I scoured the internet and got my general ideas laid out in my head much of the design work I owe to Barbara Butler.  I was consumed for the next several months to building the club house of my dreams.  I have never been so happy in my life building this project.


Structure Base is 5' x 5'
Total Height 17' Appox
Wood - All Redwood
Tubular Slide
Stainless Steel Firepole
Rock Climbing Wall on the back of the structure
Tire Swing
2 Regular Swings
On secret escape door in the back.

Here are the pictures of my work. 
<p>Do you have a blueprint? I'd love to build this;) hmw03002@gmail.com</p>
<p>If enough people want blue prints for the playhouse just post and I will create some for your guys. :)</p>
<p>can i pay you to build it for me please</p>
This is AWESOME! Is there any way to get a floor plan to this?
<p>This is Awesome! I wanted to upgrade the existing playground that came with our house and I can totally change the &quot;boring&quot; playset we have into one like yours! Thank you!!!</p>
<p>Appreciate the kind words. 7 years later it still stands firmly in the ground and has survived some pretty nasty weather and winds. :)</p>
Do you have any blue print ? I would love to build this for my son. Fearlessjesss@gmail.com
<p>Hello Jim,</p><p>Redwood is the best wood you can buy for this ... but if I had to do it again I would use pretreated wood for the 4x4's and framing and keep the outside siding redwood. It has been almost 7 years since building this and it has held up well. We did have some of it eaten by termites :( but just some decorative pieces so they can be replaced. The cost of premium redwood is very costly and you can save quite a bit with the pretreated material. Another concern though with pretreated lumber is the chemicals they use. I would certainly want to do some research before building to let kids play on it. Good luck! If you need any questions answered let me know I would also be glad to take close up picts if you need them.</p>
<p>This looks great! I may shameless steal from your advice. </p><p>Besides being a &quot;nicer&quot; wood, is there a benefit to redwood compared to treated pine lumber? I imagine redwood is a lot more expensive. </p>
<p>Very beautiful! I'm not surprised it took you months to complete.</p>
<p>This is so awesome. I have been wanting to turn my step kids rickety old swing set into a clubhouse of some sort it would be perfect to turn it into something like this in the spring. Thanks for sharing.</p>
Frankly I'm envious! My husband and I have been talking about building a playhouse for our kids, probably in the spring. I'd love to make something like this; I especially like the walkway over the swing set.
Holy Cow! That clubhouse is so awesome. Your photos are fantastic.
Thank you so much for sharing. In a month or so we will have the money to shamelessly copy your wonderful design. It looks awesome! Well done :D
No problem. I shamelessly copied it from www.barbarabutler.com. She is amazing. If you need any other picts or measurments please feel free to email me and I will send you them.
Hello, <br>My boys are starting to get to the age were building one of these would be a good idea. I am looking around to get ideas at the moment. I find that I am also inspired by your great club house. <br> <br>I am drawing up my plans now. So that I can make the holes for the base in the autumn. <br>I have some questions about the dimension of the wood that you used. <br> <br>What size posts do you use. <br>What size of the beams that go around the post? <br>Also what is the size of the joists? <br>Do you find that the swing structure is firm enough? Do you have any other pictures of how that is connected on both ends? <br> <br>Thanks <br>Iain <br>
Let me know how your project is coming along.
you won't be the only one :-)<br>Big Ups to airrob perfectly crafted and technically illustrated.
For the love of pancakes, put some shoes on!!!!!
that is so amazing. i will build my son his own castle when he's old enough.. thank you for the inspiration..
When you decide to build your castle let me know. I am more than happy to help with support questions. ;)
This is AWESOME! A few year ago, I discovered B.Butler's forts and drew out a sketch of one I wanted to make for my daughter. You have just inspired me to dig those sketches out and take another look. You did an amazing job on this fort. I love the secret escape door and all the detail work.
Tivodra,<br><br>Let me know when you start and I am more than happy to offer any support or tips. The key to this project is planting the four posts in the ground. Once you do that you are at the point of no return.
Congratulations on your winning entry. Very nice job. This is the kind of quality anyone could be proud of.
Thank you! I am humbled. This is an awesome community with great feedback and support from members like you.
Congratulations, very cool and thrilled for you.
Thank you! This is an amazing community. I am elated.
Very nice job! And Congratulations!
Thank you!!! There were some amazing projects in the running. I am truly floored.
I know everyone has already gone on and on about how flabbergastingly awesome this castle is, but I have to chime in anyway. From the cool old-school door with the iron details to the mandatory curly slide, just 100% glorious.
Most excellent. Looks like all the neighborhood kids have already made use of it. Only comment I'll make is that after five to ten years, the vertical posts that are in the ground are going to be rotting and start to get unstructural. Suggest going out a couple times per year and probe the base of each post with a nail. Big framing nail like a 16p. Push hard with finger pressure with the nail on all four sides of each post. If you can push it into the wood, then you have found rotten wood. <br><br> Then need to cut off the post an inch or so above ground level and install one of those sheet metal supports that are made to keep vertical posts out of contact with the ground and the moisture therein. Will also have to route out the buried wood and make a new solid concrete footing. These supports are not meant for large lateral strength, mainly for vertical strength, so may have to add some structure to the ones on the rope ladder side.
Thanks for your information, where were you when I started this.. I will keep you &quot;posted&quot; on the rot issue. So far so good. I did put gravel underneath them and brushed roofing sealer on the ends. Also hopefully the California climate and the redwood posts will last until the kids are in college.
Did you say this cost 8-9k? $8,000-$9,000 dollars? Really?
Looks like you could have a new day job... This thing is amazing! And don't forget my discount when I see your company on Shark Tank (plug).
This is amazing! You are a awesome Dad!
WOW!! That is amazing!! Wish I had a garden big enough to do this!!
Beautiful! Now that is something to be proud of saying you built it yourself.
This looks fantastic. Wish i could build something like that.
The colors are great! I love all the little details. :D
Absolutely Fabulous. Wow what any kid would want, I am so impressed.
Wow, it's rare that I take the time to leave a comment when i view something, but this is a truly wonderful job. based on your pictures I would have never guessed that was your first time building a clubhouse, your construction was very well accomplished. I'm also impressed with how well you documented the build, I always forget to take pictures and then wish I had; you have some very lucky kids and I hope they are having lots of fun in their castle fort.
Thanks!! My wife took most of the pictures.
AMAZING! i want this fort! <br>if only i had a back yard to put it in :P
Beautiful! Just curious how long this took you to build?
Thanks! It took about 4 months of working on it after work and weekends. There were a few weeks in between that I didn't work on it at all, waiting for stain or other parts or just R &amp; R.
That is gorgeous, and looks like an incredible amount of fun!
Hi, beautiful work. How much was the final tab???
Thank you. The cost excluding all of the tools I bought as an excuse to make this was about 8-9k. <br><br>If I would do it again I would not all use clear redwood boards ($$$). Since I would be staining the wood which covers a lot of imperfections and more knots would add character to the structure anyways.
Very Nicely Done! One of the requirements for our current house was a tree-house tree in the back yard- we lucked out and found most of the lumber at Habitat for Humanity ReStore for about a dime/dollar pricing- when I finished the railing it was a good day to be a dad!

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