Clubhouse - Fort - Castle - No Adults Allowed!!

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Introduction: Clubhouse - Fort - Castle - No Adults Allowed!!

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.

Specs:

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. 

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1 Person Made This Project!

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145 Comments

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holliekguest
holliekguest

Question 3 months ago

Could I get a copy of just the materials list? Our family would love to try this out. Thanks!

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caplja
caplja

4 months ago

This is great! I'm planning to start with something similar. Does anyone here have some blueprint to something even similar if we don't have for this one here?

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airrob
airrob

Reply 4 months ago

If anyone is good with a cad program I am more than happy to provide measurements and a materials list. Let me know!

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foleycormac
foleycormac

Question 5 months ago on Introduction

Hi, this looks great, my boys want to build a fort (unfortunately they think it's something I can do during my lunch break!). Would love plans of this is they are available, if they are and they can be easily changed to metric, that would be even better as I'm in Ireland and don't work well with feet and inches!! my email address is foleycormac@gmail.com

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brown.cory121
brown.cory121

5 months ago

Can I also get a materials list and blueprint? Hoping to make this a summer project.

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barb.mcmahan
barb.mcmahan

6 months ago on Introduction

This is the coolest fort! I don't know if my husband and I could ever tackle something like this but it would be fun to try - I think! Looks like the kids love it! Great work!!

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sljohns3
sljohns3

7 months ago

This does look amazing! Do you happen to have the blueprints or basic design? I would love to build this for my kids! Thanks!
billclinton17@yahoo.com

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Sja1969
Sja1969

8 months ago

No blueprint questions, I promise. I’m trying to see by the pic how you anchored the beams. It looks like you poured footings and the beams are anchored to it at the surface?
And are they 4x4 or 6x6 and how long?
Awesome fort btw. I’m looking to build a fort addition like this off my kids wooden swing set.

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airrob
airrob

Reply 8 months ago

I am guessing, but I think that corner posts to the fort are 14' (I will measure them tonight). I dug the holes with a post hole digger about 3ft below the ground and put the redwood post in the concrete. It holds up really well even in our high winds in California. I imagine you could anchor them with a post fitting I just never considered it. If you do end up planting them in the ground, I used Henry's roof sealer at the bottom of the posts and made sure there was a gravel base underneath for drainage. The posts are 4 x 4's. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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NivekYelpe
NivekYelpe

11 months ago

Did we ever get blueprints for this fort? Just a general idea of the dimensions of various sections would be helpful. Thanks.

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peterawells
peterawells

1 year ago

That is amazing do you have a step by step guide as i would love to do this as a project with my two little boys if you have a guide or direction that would be awesome thank you

Peterawells@hotmail.co.uk

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Guinn1
Guinn1

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

Are there any plans available for this?

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airrob
airrob

Reply 2 years ago

Hello, I thought making blueprints was in my skill set but have not figured out a way to do it. If anyone out there has that skill I would love to collaborate with them to offer it up to the community.