We moved into a house that backs up to some trees and a small creek. There aren't any good trees for a tree house back there, but I would like to build a raised fort for the kids instead. It will be about 12'x8' and 7' off the ground.
I would prefer to use stand-offs so the support posts aren't buried. The soil is pretty moist and I'm afraid the support posts would rot off. However, we get really high winds at times and this will be free-standing. I know burying the posts would provide a lot more stability.
Will stand-offs work OK and be able to withstand high winds or are they only meant to be used on structures that are attached to something?