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October 22, 2020 Construction Update

October 22, 2020
Treehouse Posts 32' tall
The Guest Cabin Posts – 32′ tall! As tall as the trees!

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.

Construction Update 22 October 2020
Bridge to the treehouse
The bridge to the main cabin
Treehouse Foundation
Treehouse Foundation
Treehouse foundation
Welding the treehouse foundation
Treehouse Foundation
Treehouse foundation posts – 30′ + tall!
Treehouse foundation
Looking down from the sub floor to the mountain below
Welding the treehouse foundation
Welding the treehouse foundation
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More Construction Updates

October 5, 2020
Thefirst Youtube ZenTreehouse Channel Video – We will get better!

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…

Treehouse Construction
It takes two cranes to build a treehouse foundation!
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Foundation Progress!

September 28, 2020
treehouse foundation
Bailey, Colorado
Posts and beams progress as of 9/28/20 at Zen Treehouse

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.

treehouse foundation
Bailey, Colorado
Zen Treehouse Foundation

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ZenTreehouse is Live Streaming Construction, Sunrises and Sunsets

September 13, 2020

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!

Hot tub barrel sauna fire pit location
This is where the hot tub, barrel sauna and fire pit will go
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The Crane Has Arrived!

September 7, 2020
Treehouse construction crane with view
The arrival and set up of the crane to set the steel beams – check out the view!

We finally got our crane onsite today! This means we will now see, over the next five weeks, the house come out of the ground. The crew anticipates they will start on Thursday Sept 10th. I was told that initially it will be slow going, getting everything right with the base plates and initial beams.

They are going to install an extruded steel floor about 10′ under the treehouse structure itself. This is to make maintenance and access underneath to vents, pipes, etc. easier. Once they get this floor installed, they said the rest will be a piece of cake.

So, five weeks puts us into mid-October before they can start framing. The other thing that’s going to happen in October is the installation of the natural gas line. Yes, you read that right – we have natural gas (no propane!) for the treehouse! We will use this gas for the boiler for the radiant heated floors (also serves as our hot water heater for sinks and showers), the two fireplaces inside the house, and a new outdoor relaxation area we are adding somewhere up the hill from the house. This area will feature a barrel sauna, a covered hot tub, and a fire pit with Adirondack chairs for watching sunsets and relaxing after a nice soak or steam. I’ll cover more about what this area will look like in a future post.

I’m excited to get this blog moving – finally – with some frequent updates. Let me know what you think in the comments and please share!

Treehouse construction crane
Testing to be sure they positioned the crane to get the steel to each of the 25 caissons.
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Progress on the Foundation!

September 4, 2020
Just some of the steel columns that will hold up the Zen Treehouse.

The work on fabricating the columns (25 of them!), base plates, and beams has (finally) begun. We are working with an amazing fabricator, Martin Enterprises in Bailey, Colorado. They have 50+ years of experience in a wide variety of metal fabrication projects.

They sent over a few pictures of the column and base plates that will support the tree house. These will sit on the caissons there were completed earlier this year.

I should address the reasons for the delay in getting the construction restarted. The primary reason is that our builder, Cary Dunn from BackCountry Builders, has been on another project that, due to COVID, has had a lot of delays. He has to finish that house before he can really focus on getting things done for our treehouse.

He expects that the steel will go up this month (September) and that he’ll be able to start framing in early October. So…finally…PROGRESS!

I hope from now on, we will have a lot more regular posts of the progress, the ups and downs of constructing something so unique, and perhaps a bit more about our furnished rental portfolio. While the Zen Treehouse is the most unique property in our portfolio, we have five others that we will talk about when there are some lulls in posting. My goal is to have a post nearly every other week from here on out, so I’ll fill in some with how we think about these types of properties and what our nearly 10 years of experience with furnished rentals, Airbnb, and VRBO has been.

Thanks for reading! Would love to hear what you think. Post a comment and let me know what you’d like to know more about!

Peter and Delinda

Columns on the trailer ready for transport to the building site
Columns on the trailer ready for transport to the building site.
Base plates on the pallet. These will be bolted to the caissons and the columns will be welded to these plates.
A side profile of the main cabin to illustrate how these columns will be placed. Also note the beams – we intentionally cantilevered the decks (all three of them) for aesthetic reasons. Imagine a 12′ cantilevered deck more than 40′ above the ground. Sweet!
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Zen Treehouse featured by OneFlight

August 13, 2020
private jet, luxury travel

We were featured in ONEflight’s current email newsletter to their members. Here is what they said about ZenTreehouse:

Inspired by a treehouse in suburban Atlanta, Georgia that was ranked #1 on Airbnb. Peter and Delinda Fatianow, with a real estate portfolio consisting of furnished rentals and nearly a decade of experience with Airbnb, have set about building a luxury treehouse on the side of a mountain in Bailey, Colorado, an hour outside of downtown Denver. This luxury two bedroom, two bath treehouse will be completed in early 2021 and will be available on both Airbnb and VRBO. This property will also feature an elevated deck with a hot tub, barrel sauna and fire pit, so you can further relax under the trees and stars.
Click for a 3D video walk through, giving you a sense of how special this property will be.
There will be an exclusive offer for any ONEflight member who is interested in experiencing this unique Colorado property for themselves. For a personal introduction, contact MarkDismuke@ONEflight.net or call 1.720.684.5650

Here is some info on ONEflight:

ONEflight International Private Jets is revolutionizing the way people book jet charters.  ONEflight is an ultra-luxury jet provider with the world’s largest network of aircraft easily accessible through their proprietary booking platform (Book-A-Jet)-BAJit.com. “The BAJ” provides immediate fingertip access to 12,000 aircraft globally.  Simply choose your route, dates, and the type of jet you want to fly and the BAJit app will quickly provide several flight options to choose from with competitive pricing for both non-members and members (typically30-40%less).  They have a large network of over 500 of the top operators to ensure unprecedented availability and flexibility even with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Our membership is about 450 now, ($15,000 joining fee and a minimum of $50,000 in flight access hours to start up) The good news is that our business is blowing up and the last two months we’ve set new company records and added an average of 15 members per month for three months straight, I see this trend continuing. Unfortunately, we only have about six members who reside in Colorado, our top five markets are Central Texas, South Florida, New York, LA, and Phoenix. Our core base of members fly 60% for business and 40% for leisure, but due to COVID this number is shifting more towards pleasure travel, but not decreasing overall flight usage. We are seeing a dramatic increase in “new to private” flyers right now who tend to be a bit younger, but our members current are primarily 55-65 year old males. Now retired, or working CEOs and business owners. I see them generally as self-made multi-millionaires in the Oil and Gas Industry (Texas), Law, Real Estate, and Entrepreneurs with an average net worth or $15M. Average 2+ homes, most are US based and 80% of them are into anything golf!

PLEASE SHARE…

This is just the start of our PR efforts to get ZenTreehouse noticed around the world. Please share this blog and encourage your friend and family to share. We’re building an amazing project for people around the world who want a unique and luxurious experience in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains, only an hour from Denver.

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Video Walkthrough – WOW

July 17, 2020

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!

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Quick Construction Update!

December 10, 2019

So, a quick update…

Getting the steel fabricated and installed has been a challenge.

The structural engineer that did the drawings did a half-ass job and he didn’t include critical measurements on the spacing of the footers, so the contractor had to do them. That took a lot more time and effort than was necessary to get the caissons laid out and set. While it wasn’t perfect, it was close enough to work. Great job Cary from Backcountry Builders!

Then we had an issue with the crane company. The crane broke down and delayed the start. With the delay, the welders that were going to fabricate the steel on site decided the winter weather was going to be too much, so they passed on the job.

Then Cary had to find a new crane and someone who would fabricate the supports offsite and transport them to the job site…which he did! We’re in the process of sorting out how to get nearly 40′ big pre-fabricated support beams (see image above) up road with several switchbacks. Who ever said this was going to be easy!

More updates as soon as we get the steel figured out. Once the steel is up, it should be relatively easy going then – just like building a regular house. Except this one is 40′ in the air!

Happy Holidays everyone and thanks for subscribing to the blog. If you like it. please share with your friends and family. Thank you!

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Zen Treehouse Foundation

October 18, 2019
Treehouse foundation for one beam
Caisson – one of 25 – prior to concrete pour

The 25 caissons are finally drilled, set with rebar and ready for concrete (coming tomorrow- more pics after they pour). This is what it takes to hold a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1600 square foot luxury treehouse 40 feet in the air.

The picture below shows how the contractors had to dig down to bedrock, drill into the rock (you can see the rock dust around the rebar), and set the rebar into the rock for this engineered foundation. VERY complicated.

The surveyors had to come out once to mark the foundation, again after the tubes were set to confirm the foundations, and then will come back one more time after the concrete is poured to determine the exact height of each of the steel beams that will hold up the treehouse. One reason why this is a very expensive way to build a tree house!

More updates next week on the concrete pour. The steel should be going up by early November, so we’ll see some real progress then. Exciting times!

If you like the blog and project, please share with your friends. Would love to get the word out more about this amazing build in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Cheers friends!

Note the white rock dust from the contractor drilling into the bedrock to place the rebar. The Zen Treehouse isn’t going anywhere! #qualityconstruction