We met with our architect again this week to make some final changes to the design plans. The biggest change we made to the interior was to make the kitchen and entry way larger. We had to make a change to the entry to the house due to the height in the front. We thought, initially, that we would walk straight across a bridge from the road. But because we are maxing out the height of the house (32′ high from the back deck!), we have to have stairs going up to the bridge. We think we worked it out pretty well and the result will be better than it was before. When you stay in a treehouse, you typically need to climb some stairs to get into the house, so it will be with Zen Treehouse!
I’ve attached some pictures from our last session. We’re still waiting for the structural engineer to get back to us (next week) about the beams and bracing necessary to elevate a house 30’+ in the air on the side of a mountain. We’re hoping he took into consideration the aesthetic that we are striving to achieve. We’d love to have the decks fully cantilevered out from the house with just horizontal beams. We’ll see…
We hope you enjoy the photos of the plans!
PS – We are hoping to start construction next month. We just need to finalize plans and get subcontractor bids. Hopefully more on this in my next post.
Interior Planning – Zen Treehouse Main Cabin
Side Elevation 2 – Zen Treehouse Main Cabin
Our Architect, John Coffey
Side Elevation, Zen Treehouse Main Cabin
Back Elevation of Main Cabin
We met with our architect today and we went over the preliminary design. Prior to this, I spent a fair bit of time compiling a design ideas document of images and ideas that I really loved (some tree house, some not). Then we had a preliminary design meeting where we discussed the ideas and thoughts we had around the vision of the treehouse. Today is the first draft of that vision. We moved some things around and discussed changes and ideas, but it’s a really amazing start to the project and we’re super excited to share with you. Let us know what you think! We love the direction that we’re taking this, but would love to hear what you think.
Treehouse Initial Design Elevatio
Treehouse Initial Site Plan
aTreehouse Initial Floor Plan
I haven’t posted anything lately because, well, we’ve been doing nothing but waiting on this to get done. I’m so happy to say that the Land Survey and Topography just arrived (after a six week wait)!
The survey is required by the architect in order to start his work. We have to know where the treehouse structures will be placed so we can then provide this information to the well drilling company and septic system engineer to begin their work.
The architect now has the survey and is starting. I’ll post his progress as he provides us with drawings, plans, etc. Things should start moving on this now..thankfully! I really had hoped we would be well into the conceptual design by now, but we are where we are.
Happy New Year everyone! It’s going to be a great 2018!
Great meeting today at the site with the architect and builder today. The weather was perfect and we decided on the location for the two platforms – one for the main treehouse and the other for the second bedroom/bath/deck treehouse.
We already filed the well permit, which takes 4-6 weeks. We’ve already talked to the septic designer and the surveyors. So, the next step is to hire the surveyors to come out and confirm the lot lines and do a topography and tree/size location in the building site area, which will be about 1/2 an acre (it’s a 2 acre lot). Once we get the survey back, the architect can begin the design process. The septic engineer can also begin his work to get the septic located on the site and designed. Since it’s a steep slope, everything will be more expensive than building on a flat lot. Taking huge trucks down the hill is not easy! Luckly, there is an old 4 x 4 road from the main road that goes to the spot we think the septic will go. Hopefully we can use it instead of building a new one.
Take a look at our views from the building site. The structure should be to the left of the grove of spruce trees approximately 20′ – 25′ off the ground and level with the road. The views are amazing – this picture really don’t do it justice, but for now, will give you some idea.
At the Zen Treehouse lot with the architect and builder determining the site of the treehouse structure.
I just learned about this site called PlansMatter. This site provides access to a very limited number of architectural gems across the world. We hope that our ZenTreehouse will qualify for this site! Here are a few of my favorites…
SETH PETERSON COTTAGE – Frank Lloyd Wright – Mirror Lake, WI
Sawtooth Cabin, MN
Villa Vals, Vals, Switzerland
I think that it would be awesome to have a steam sauna located away from the house, in a grove of trees, for guests to enjoy on a cool summer night or a cold winter’s day. What do you think?