Some time ago, we launched our ZenTreehouse YouTube channel and we’ve been focused on producing video content as it’s more compelling and can tell a better story, in a way, than with static pics and the blog. So, sorry I’ve ignored the blog for a while, but I’m back and want to catch everyone up on our status as of today, Monday August 23, 2021.
The shot below is a screen shot from the Nest Cam today. I’m not going to be back up until this coming weekend, which will be about two weeks of progress since my last visit. I’ll definitely be taking a video and will be posting it on Youtube, so please subscribe if you’re interested in really seeing the action and progress!
Below I’ll add the last couple of videos from the channel so you can see the progress from the inside and meet the builder, Cary and other of the contractors. The videos lag a week or two as I have to get them edited and then posted, which takes me some time.
The progress has been, as always, slower than we would like. Rough electrical is done. Rough plumbing is done. We passed both of those inspections. But, we have waited over two weeks to get the framing inspection, which has held up all interior work. We’re ready to insulate and then drywall, but can’t before that happens. So, once again, another timeline setback. At this point, I am hoping to get this done by the end of October. Cary is still working on the rest of the exterior siding, the rest of the windows, and finishing up the deck boards. Then he’ll hop underneath and start finishing the insulation and soffit paneling. So, plenty for him to do, but we can’t progress until that inspection!
Well, it’s early June and we are making some great progress with only 12 weeks to go before the Zen Treehouse construction is completed. At least that’s the estimate at this stage. We’ll see as nothing has been on time or on budget this far into the project. 🙂 It’s not the builder’s fault – supply chains are strained and you’ve probably heard about what lumber prices are doing lately. So, it is what it is. It will be worth it in the end when we and our guests – and hopefully you! – will get to enjoy the hard work and effort it took to put this project together.
We have some rough electrical work done, the in-floor heating is well under way, and the interior framing is complete. The roof is nearly dried in and complete with the exception of the metal roofing material that will go on at the end of construction.
Next up will be working on the recreation deck below the guest cabin, finishing the decks with Trex and railings, and putting the scaffolding up so they can put the rest of the windows in and the siding up. In the next few weeks, all this work should be done – hopefully by the end of June. Then the exterior of the house will be complete and while the other trades work on completing the interior of the house, our builder Cary will work on building the garage at the end of the driveway.
The next 12 weeks will be pretty exciting, so stay tuned! Please share this blog post with your friend and family to help spread the word of this fun project!
These are the doors in the Master – 16′ wide, 10′ tall center sliders from Pella. They look awesome!
The doors in the main cabin. In the next few weeks, the rest of the windows will be installed. For most of the windows, they have to put scaffolding up to be able to install them. They need the scaffolding anyway to install the siding, so they’ll be doing both in the coming weeks at the same time as the plumbing work gets going.
The roof is all framed now and the spray-in foam insulation will be installed next week. We should be completely dried in with roofing and windows in the next couple of weeks! By the next blog post, the rest of the windows, all the siding, and the Trex decking should be completed. Also, the rough in plumbing should be done as well, so it will be a huge leap forward in the building progress! I can’t wait to see it for myself and to show all of you!
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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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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.