This is what we are building – a luxury treehouse in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado – only 1 hour drive from Denver. Enjoy a video walkthrough of the property – 100% architecturally correct and to scale. The outside environment and the furnishings are a good representation, but not exact. We have made our furniture and finishes selections, but these can (and most likely will) change by the time we get to furnishing the house in the spring.
We think this video walkthrough is the best way for you to get a feel for how special the Zen Treehouse will be! It really does feel like you’re walking through the finished product. We love how this video turned out!
You’ll be able to stay in this beautiful, unique, and very Zen property starting Spring 2021. The construction is active and at the time of this writing (September 2020), the posts and beams that hold the house up are being installed.
This home is one of six furnished rental properties that we own and operate. We began our furnished rental portfolio nearly ten years ago. We also own four restaurants in town (www.indulgewinebar.com) and have been in the hospitality business for twelve years. We know you’ll love your stay at any one of our properties, but especially at this one! Waiting list will open early 2021. Subscribe to our blog to get notified when we will begin taking reservations!
It’s been a while since I wrote a construction update, so here it is. As you can see from the image above, taken today, the ZenTreehouse has a (partial) roof and beams and is really looking like a house now! We’re about a week delayed because of two snowstorms that each brought about 2 feet of snow to the building site. The weather forecast is looking good (at this point anyway) for next week when the plan is to drop the biggest and longest beams in with the crane – the ones to the left of the front door. Those span the entire width of the house, from the kitchen wall (closest to us) to the back wall where the windows and large sliding door is (that area that doesn’t have beams yet in the middle). They should also be able to get the beams up on the guest cabin.
You’ll see where they have partially installed the tongue and groove ceiling planks. Both the beams and these planks have been pre-stained to spec prior to installation. We’re also pre-staining all the wood siding to provide a better, more uniform finish to the wood.
Goal for the next four weeks is to complete the roof (not the metal roofing yet though) and install the windows and doors. These are coming from Pella and were ordered a couple of weeks ago, so they should be at the site in the next 2-3 weeks. Then they’ll work on the siding while we get the plumbing and electrical contractors out to get their work done. Things should REALLY be moving by then! ETA is still looking good for August. We’ll see. Fingers crossed!
I’ll leave you with this video I posted on our YouTube Channel a while ago (ZenTreehouse) of our friends Susan and Tim coming up to the Treehouse for the first time. They’d seen pictures and video, but for the first time really experienced it live and in person. Fun to see their reactions!
We have made really great progress since the last blog, as you’ll be able to see in the video. All the floor decking is in and there is great progress on getting the decks completed. We have to finish putting the deck joists in before we can start putting up walls. The guys had to use the crane with a bucket to lay down the floor joists, which would have been very difficult to do with the walls up. Take a look at the time lapse below to see the day they were working on the floor joists of the main deck.
Since the last video, we also had a long meeting with our interior designers, Eric Mandil from Mandil, Inc. I included a small clip of our conversation with Eric and Sean from Mandil about the finishes selections – from bath and kitchen tile and countertops to the wood flooring and ceiling beams and everything in-between – including the furniture.
The good news is that, with the exception of a couple of pieces of furniture, everything is selected and will be on order soon. They did a great job with the finishes and furnitures selections and think you and our future guests will love how it all works so well together and is comfortable and cozy. We’re excited for the day, about 5 months from now, when we shoot a video and write a blog about the day the furniture and accessories are installed!
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If you haven’t yet, subscribe to our Vlog on Youtube and share with your friends. Construction is really moving now with the floor almost complete and the walls going up this week. The Zen Treehouse is really starting to take shape.
This week we are also meeting with our interior designers to pick out furniture. If you’ve tried to order furniture lately, you know it’s a 12+ week lead time for most pieces, so we have to do it now. We’ll be filming that and other fun clips over the next couple of weeks. I’ll be posting a new video every couple of weeks, so be sure to subscribe and click the bell to be notified when a new video is posted.
The new welding crew from Native Welding did an amazing job. They had to spend a lot of time fixing the work of our previous contractor and were left to finish things up. It’s not so easy working 40′ feet in the air and getting things perfect, but the level of the floors in the cabin are perfect! Nice work Josh and crew!
More to come in a couple of weeks. Happy New Year everyone!
The steelwork is coming along right on schedule. Josh and his crew from Native Fabrication are doing an amazing job having cleaned up all the unfinished work from our last welding subcontractor and getting the rest of the steel in place in record time.
We met at the site with our General Contractor, Cary Dunn, and our Interior Designers, Eric and Sean from Mandil, Inc. My wife Delinda and I have worked with Eric Mandil for more than a dozen years now. He’s led the design work for all of our restaurant projects. You can see a few pictures of his work at our first Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar location here. Since then, he’s been instrumental in our expansion and vision to build Indulge as a restaurant company focused on the female demographic, with interiors that make women feel comfortable and special.
They put together an amazing palate of materials for the treehouse. The above image shows all the different materials that we will be using. You can see the hardwood floor selection, which will be everywhere except for the bathrooms and kitchen and will be heated using radiant floor heat. The kitchen cabinets, backsplash and countertop samples are sitting at the top on the hardwood floor sample. The bathroom cabinets, countertop and shower tile samples are just below that. The rectangular wood sample is what will cover the exposed beams in the ceiling. The little squares to the right are what will go on the shower floors and a larger 18 x 36 tile of the same style will be the kitchen and bathroom floors. The large tile to the right of the hardwood floor sample is what will be on the fireplace in the living room and the other smaller tile sample will be on the fireplace in the master (but much larger tile size). The wallpaper will be in the bathrooms and you can see the two paint samples on top of the wall paper.
Because of all the supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19, we had to order our appliances now – even though we are 6-7 months from completion – to be sure we have them in time. Three of the six appliances we ordered are on backorder with no firm date for delivery. Ugh. Fingers crossed that they get here by June!
We picked the new line of Café appliances. They have a matte white finish (no fingerprints!) with brushed bronze hardware. It’s a really stunning look that we love. What do you think? If you haven’t heard of this brand before, here’s a blog that goes in depth about them and how much they love these appliances – both how they look and how they function.
I’ll leave you with a short video clip of the steel construction work. They will wrap this up in the next week and then framing will begin by mid-December!
While we wait for the welders to get the steel foundation for our Zen Treehouse competed (ETA – Thanksgiving), I thought I’d share a video from a Vlog on Youtube that I subscribe to called Kara and Nate (1.84MM subs).
They travel the world and do an amazing job of documenting their travels and have awesome video editing skills to make their vlog very appealing and fun to watch.
I was wiped out after a day of work and thought I’d spend some Youtube time and this vlog of theirs popped up. So, I took some time to watch and loved it, so wanted to share it with you all. Consider subscribing to their vlog and also my ZenTreehouse Vlog on Youtube. I’ll be posting a lot more videos as soon as the foundation gets completed and they start framing. I want to be sure to document each and every step of the process for you.
I found the treehouse on Airbnb. It’s in Hood Oregon and you’ll see that it’s super cute, but also a bit rustic (note the lack of wifi, cell service, and running water). Check it out on Airbnb here. It’s going for $275-$289 a night and is booked until mid February. For some reason, I guess people LOVE treehouses!
In the meantime, until we have some more exciting build video to share with you, enjoy Kara and Nate’s Treehouse Getaway video!
Hey all, I went to the site today to meet with our GC, Cary Dunn from BackCountry Builders. We had to fire our last steel guys because of lack of productivity, mistakes in the build, and, frankly, price gouging. They actually looked me up on Facebook and decided that because of my lifestyle, they wanted to charge me a HUGE premium for their labor costs! What a rip off! So, we fired them and got an awesome new crew, led by Josh, the owner of Native Welding and Fabrication. They are really ramping up the pace of the work and the foundation steel should be wrapped up by late November.
I wanted to share a few pics and video clips of my time at the site today. Now that the sub floor (under the real floor of the house) is partially in, I could finally walk out to the edge of the house and take some video. Note that the video is from the subfloor level. The floor of the house will be about 6′ higher and 12′ further out because of the cantilevered decks.
We posted our first video update on our Youtube Channel that will document the Zen Treehouse construction over the next six months or so. Please subscribe and share with your friends. We want to let the world know about this amazing property that we won’t be keeping for ourselves, but want to share with everyone.
We will be on VRBO and Airbnb, hosting stays for 3 night minimums for as little as $499/night! Wait until you see the amenities that we are including for this rate. Fully stocked wine coolers, fully stocked bars, a luxury relaxation area including a barrel sauna, a hot tub under a pergola, and a fire pit area with Adirondack chairs. What a great place to relax, enjoy a sunset and a glass of wine while you’re relaxing with friends in the hot tub under the stars.
We hope you enjoy the construction update pictures! More to come soon…
Finally we have some vertical construction progress to report! Approximately 50% of the posts and beams for the project have been installed. The posts are 6 x 6 HSS (hollow structural sections) tubing and are welded to base plates, which in turn are bolted to the caissons. There are a total of 25 posts that will hold up the structure.
You’ll see the I-beams that are about 8′ from the top of the posts. These I-beams will be covered with an extruded steel material that will serve as a floor under the house to make maintenance of the systems of the house easier.
Other I-beams will be installed around the top of the beams as well to form the foundation of the house that the sill plates will be attached to once framing begins. There will also be I-beams that will extend out from the back of the house to support the three decks. We didn’t want to have vertical supports for the decks that would, in our opinion, be displeasing to the overall design. This will result in a very dramatic side-view of the house with three 12′ cantilevered decks hanging off the side of the house.
We hope you enjoyed this construction update! More to come in a week or two.
I saw this video of a cool treehouse in Quebec Canada and wanted to share. This is a different, and more traditional approach, to treehouse design/build. Logs, reclaimed materials, etc. I think the builders did an amazing job! Let me know what you think in the comments.
There is a lot I love about this house and some things that wouldn’t quite work for me. This is 420 square feet of heated living space, so a bit cramped for me. But the views and location are amazing – we love Quebec (especially Montreal and Quebec City)! This is just outside Ottawa – only 2 1/2 hours from Montreal.
For those who want a great rustic treehouse experience, I’d highly recommend this one! Here is the Airbnb link in case you want to book it: https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/32808110?source_impression_id=p3_1601001037_rr2mpowxiBoeqTqr
We’re looking forward to offering another treehouse option to the short-term rental market, which has a lot more space (nearly 1,600 square feet) and a lot more luxury. We know it’s not for everyone, and totally respect what other tree house builders/owners are doing, but we think ours is going to raise the bar for what a treehouse home really means!
Check our our new NestCam livestream to catch the progress each day and check out the scenery, sunrises and sunsets. The construction at this point is of the steel foundation. It’s a bit of a slow go at this point, but will be accelerating starting in October 2020!
I was up at the building site today and had the Neteo high speed internet installed today so I could install my Outdoor Nest Cam. Since construction (the out of the ground stuff) is starting soon, I thought it would be great to see what’s going on live, make some cool time lapse videos of the progress, check the weather, and see the sunrises and sunsets.
We have electrical at the site, so they were able to install the receiver (like a mini satellite dish) and the router. While the Neteo installer was doing his work, I installed the Nest Cam on a tree to give the best view possible off the building site and the view. Of course, until the steel starts going up, you won’t see much – but when it does, you’ll see the unique foundation we have with 6×6 American made steel beams and large 12″ I-beams. Should be interesting!
I added a pic of where we will be putting the outdoor relaxation area with hot tub, barrel sauna, and fire pit conversation area. Awesome view of Deer Creek Valley!
Let me know what you think once you check out the live stream. Enjoy!