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Timber Framing Hybrid South Asian Timber Frame House in West Bengal India

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Im in the process of planning the construction of a timber frame stilt house in West Bengal India. I have already felled around 30 Eucalyptus Camaldulensis trees which are now awaiting a trip to the sawmill. The locals tell me that this wood has to be worked green because it becomes so hard its difficult to even drive in a nail (not that I'm planning on using nails!).

I never posted here before, but I'm going to attempt to post a picture of the Sketchup plan I made:

Did that picture appear?

Here is a picture of my idea for the foundation:

From what I can tell the pictures aren't appearing. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?


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Timber Frame using Eucalyptus Camaldulensis
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OK I got it now, the pics don't appear in the preview.

The idea for the foundation is that Id make a hole about a meter and a half deep by a meter wide. Put brick soling in the bottom, then make a tiered foundation that ends up with a ten inch concrete column that sticks out of the ground about a foot. Embedded in that would be a galvanised half inch steel plate. The plate measures 2 feet by six inches. One foot will be integrated with the rebar within the ten inch column, the part that protrudes will be used as a pivot. I'd drag the bent over to the row of protruding steel plates, and push a 3/4 inch bolt through the timber and through the plate which acts as a hinge. Then I raise the bent up on these steel plates, when its vertical, temporarily brace it while attaching the floor beams and angle braces, then lean the next bent up in the same way to attach it. We get really strong storms in February, like mini hurricanes that last for up to an hour, but are very destructive, so this foundation is more for anchoring purposes. Finally four bolts would be inserted to secure the stilt to the bracket.

I'm attaching some pics of the main frame and the finished house.
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The bents are further apart than they should be in this shot for explanation purposes
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The walls will be bamboo wattle and daub. Fired clay tiles on the roof.
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