Building cabin on 6 x 6 Posts. Load?

I am building a cabin on top of 6 x 6 high above the ground. My calculations for dead & live weight load are questionable. Will my 6 x 6 every 6 feet placed into the ground 3 to 4 feet deep encased with 400 lbs of concrete have the capacity to withstand a 40 x 20 cabin?

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Aug 23, 2014
Home on stilts
by: weebeeflyn

Following up on my last comment, I would not just put the post into the ground if you contact me I will be happy to explain how I plan on doing this. However I still have to contact my local building inspector to see if I can do it in my area of Maine. My email is

Aug 23, 2014
Homes built on stilts
by: Anonymous

Then why do they build beach homes on stilts? Also homes in some flood areas are being build on 6x6 posts. You will need to consult with the local building codes in your area. Would you happen to know a good building designer? I also want to do this. If you look on YouTube for homes on stilts or piers and posts you will see it done.

Oct 28, 2012
Building cabin on 6 x 6 Posts - NO!
by: Daz

There's too many variables:
1) Local Code(s)
2) Wind or Seismic, Snow
3) Height of Building
4) Type of Soil
5) Frost heaving
6) Type of Wood.

From an observation viewpoint, I'd say no if it's meant to be a residence, if it's just a hunting camp then probably ok.

Either way, you need to consult a local Building official who will more than likely say "no" or at least point you in the right direction.

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