I'm new here, but have frequented your site for some time in search of ideas for a tower blind. Here's our finished project for your viewing. Needed to serve as both a hunting blind and grand kids playhouse/cabin....meaning it had to sleep six grand kids for overnight camp outs. Want to thank you for the innovative ideas and pics we found on this site.
Our family has been contemplating a blind build for years, collecting and scrounging materials along the way. Power company recently replaced utility poles in our area, they were kind enough to let us have 20. Stairs came from a seed corn production plant doing renovations. Rubber roofing and steel pipe were left over from other projects.
Utility poles started out over 30' long, were augured in place with a 8'X12' foot print. Size of the tower blind would be 8'x12' with 8' high walls. Selected this size because of standard lumber dimensions....roof and flooring would take (3) 4'x8' sheets with no scraps left over. It also lends its self well to standard 16" stud walls and floor joists.
Windows had to be glass that could be quietly opened and low maintenance.....PVC basement casement windows met the need. Although they cost (about $65 each), a little more than home built units, the added expense proved well worth it. Door is steel with a digital entry key pad. This allows secure storage of decoys and gear with blind access available only to family members.
Walls were prefabricated, built, and painted in the garage then transported to the build site. Camo paint scheme was to copy existing surrounding trees in the fall and winter. Each wall had a removable eye bolt in the center that permitted lifting with an ATV winch to the tower platform. The 5' deck was somewhat of an afterthought...and seemed to fit right in.
Amenities inside include folding table, heater, snow shovel, broom, 3/4" thick rubber livestock mats for the floor, TP, Paper towel holder, garbage bags, and hammock.