Gideon and Levi love a good fort. They love to make them, which really means they love to pull off the couch cushions. Every. Single. Day. But they mostly love when we make them a fort. Life was perfectly fine when I would use some blankets to drape them over things and make a fort. Then one day Brett pulls out his clamps and ratchet straps and makes the kids the ultimate fort. The kind of fort where you get to crawl on your hands and knees to the garage door at 6 in the morning on your way to work. The kids loved it and now they only ask for an awesome fort every single day.
So we had this killer idea to build the kids a fort outside. The kind of fort you build one time and then just leave it up. Growing up Brett’s dad built one out of plywood and Brett said it was basically the coolest thing ever. You could hideout from grown ups and play cars or whatever but no one knew what you were doing.
We have this spot in the front/side yard that is lined with Lilac and Huckleberry bushes. Behind there is a little nook that backs up to our neighbor’s fence. We used to stash sticks and brush there, until said neighbor was kind enough to have a massive fire and burn it all up, so we could clear out the space. (Don’t worry she is totally on board with the fort).
That dirt spot with the shovel is the future home of the fort. Our house is to the right of this picture.
We told the kids we had to first tear off the old deck in the back before we could start it. But if you remember it sorta sucked and took forever. So we had a bit too much time to dream things up. Brett and I may have also watched a serious amount of Treehouse Masters at one point and got some big ideas.
Here’s a bit of the inspiration for it:
A hobbit door of course. Treated wood. Circle plexi windows.
Climbing wall on the roof. The cabana picture is the general shape, except with walls in the front and back.
Now that you see how awesome it will be, let me show you Brett’s original concept drawing. The idea is to bring the roof all the way to the ground on the left side for a climbing wall. The circle on the front is the hobbit door.
It’s fair to say I’m not a spatial thinker. I can’t see problems until they smack me in the face. I also can’t draw worth beans. So in order for both Brett and I to be on the same page, I made a model. Luckily for me it was the night before trash day. The recycling options were plentiful, but I was looking for ease of cutting, since somehow our eight scissors we own have all disappeared. I was left with kid safety scissors and scotch tape. Prepare to be blown away with my 3D model building.
Front view. Climbing wall/roof on the left. Hobbit door in the front with a little tunnel through the bushes. My dream is to have a moss living roof on that little tunnel.
This is the side that would face the street. The idea is a lookout window, too small for children to fit out, with a ladder on the inside to keep a lookout for bad guys.
This side, with the two windows, would face our neighbor’s fence.
In case the model wasn’t crystal clear. Here it is in my beloved Paint.
Brett’s dad is coming this weekend to help us put the cement footings. The frost line is 36 inches, so we need to dig at least 6 inches below that. I was delighted to find out that we aren’t further north where the frost line is 60 inches. Here’s hoping the two person auger we rented makes hole digging fun!