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Larry Bock
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  Good morning, As I mentioned in other posts,I have been "prefabbing" a 20'x24' camp off site. I had a few ideas for for a foundation or what to use. In a perfect world, I would love a actual foundation. this is not gonna happen for financial/accessibility reasons. My first thought was to use reclaimed telephone pole, pole barn style,that I can get for $2 to $3 a foot to keep the camp up 5ft or so. Enough so I could store stuff underneath. Now that I have purchased a shipping container, storage should not be a problem for one person. I would like to keep the camp off the ground. Snowfall is probably 3 to 4ft in the area. Then I though of pouring concrete into those yellow tubes (name escapes me) or even cinder blocks and mortar. The telephone idea is the cheapest. I could reseal them and dig below the frost line. If i did indeed keep the camp up high,I may need some horizontal support.   I thought about a low floating design. I also thought about doing something Log "log cabin style with the telephone poles for a couple of feet so I could open a hatch in side the camp to get to a small root cellar.  So Anyone have any thoughts?...Larry
 
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Keep in mind that with a post or pillar foundation if a fire ever starts it would burn under your camp. You could fill the spaces with almost anything affordable or available and cover it with stucco or cob although cob would probably be high maintenance close to the ground.
 
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I am a huge fan of Use-What-You-Got!

Knowing roughly where you live, I would think that would be rock. We have an abundance of it in Maine, especially Downeast.

It is hard saying as I am not there, and while positioning would be key, could you situate it just right so that the long part of your container was on the uphill side, sitting on flat rocks, but then as the ground sloped away, you built a rock wall to support the other half? You would have to dig out the soil under it, but the steeper the hill, the less you would have to dig.

I realize this is a tougher way of doing it, especially if you only have pick and shovel, but completely free in cost. Positioning would not be bad either as I would just have the thing delivered where you need it...unlevel...then jack the thing level. I did this last year on a land clearing job. The owner wanted to position a container as I mentioned above while I had the equipment there. We had an excavator and bulldozer so we had to dig the hole first, but it worked. And I have moved several buildings, and jacking them is very easy to do. A container...just as easy.

A dry-laid rock wall is pretty fast and easy to build though. Don't be intimidated by that.
 
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There were concerns about fire being able to get under the camp   What If I Dura Rocked the Bottom of the joists. this would keep critter out of the insulation as well?...Larry
 
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