Water Towers

Custom Designed 5-Story Lookout Tower
This was a Custom Design Tower Package.  The top cabin simulates typical fire lookout cabins.  In addition it has a 3' deck on 3 sides and 9' deck on one side.  There is a lower level with a bedroom and bathroom.   The top level has a kitchen, living space and a loft inside the cupola.  There is an internal stair tower to get you up the first 2 levels and then exterior winding stairs around the tower to get you the rest of the way to the top.  It was designed as a Type IV Heavy Timber Building so it is 1 hr. fire rated.  This design cost a pretty penny to design.  You can purchase the plans for about 25% of the original cost.

6 Story Enclosed Lookout Tower:
No. of stories for Tower:
5+Cupola Loft

Tower Base Dimension: Approximately 18' sq.
Platform Plan Dimensions:  Approximately 24' x 30' sq.
Upper Cabin:  Approximately 18' sq.
Lower Bedroom:  Approximately 16' sq.
Tower Height: Approximately 60' to peak of roof.
Member Sizes: 8x8 Posts and Braces, 6x10 Platform Joists, 8x14 Platform Girders, 3x Decking

Building Code:  The original design was based on 2007 Edition of the International Building Code
Wind Load:  100 mph (will adjust for your local area)
Seismic Load: Zone 4 regulations (will adjust for your local area)
Snow Load:  120 psf  (will adjust for your local area)
Cost:   Varies see Prices for Tower Plans
Includes:  Custom Vertical Leg Tower, Stair Tower, Exterior Stairs, 1 HR HT Construction, Bedroom Level, Living/Kitchen Level, Decks, Doors, Windows, Loft
Additional Costs:
Adjust for New Building Codes, Ground Freeze, Different Wind, Seismic or Snow Loads.  Printing & Shipping
Changes and Modifications to plans: see Custom Designed Towers

Before You Buy:
Check with your local Building Department Jurisdiction to verify acceptance of the plans.  Verify whether a permit is needed and whether a local engineer or architect needs to sign them. Verify what the footing depth, local snow and wind loads are for your area.
Check with your local Planning Department.  There are often, use, height, appearance, area, material or property set back limits that need to be addressed.
Verify type of soil before building.  Designs are based on having a suitable firm soil material to build the foundation.  See Building Code & Geologic Notes.

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Last Update 7/23/14