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The Building Process

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

The Design Process

Construction Begins Again – and some new 3d Renders

July 14, 2020
Colorado Treehouse

Our contractor is finally ready to roll and we ordered the steel for the foundation last week. The fabricator will be building the foundation frames at their shop, then bringing them to the site to weld them together. Should be an interesting few weeks to see the steel finally going up!

Also, we hired someone to take our plans and make a 3d rendering of the treehouse – outside and inside. I’ve attached the current draft of the outside still renderings. I’ll post the video rendering of the inside once I get the final version.

We hope to be open for business by January 2020! A lot more updates will be coming soon as the construction restarts. In the meantime, enjoy the renderings of our Zen Treehouse in Bailey Colorado!

The Design Process

Land Survey and Topography is Finally Complete!

January 4, 2018

Hi everyone,

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!

Peter

The Design Process

Meeting at the Site with the Architect and Builder

November 12, 2017

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.

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At the Zen Treehouse lot with the architect and builder determining the site of the treehouse structure.