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.
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!
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.
Big day today for the ZenTreehouse! Delinda and I met with the septic/well engineer (who is a geologist) and got the location for both squared away. Then we met with our architect and the structural engineer who will be figuring out how to get our treehouse 30′ in the air above the canopy of the trees. We reviewed the architect’s revised plans based on our feedback on the first cut of plans. We are getting closer, but still a lot of details to work out.
We repositioned the house a bit, enlarged the parking/turn around area, and added some area and a fireplace in the master bedroom. The new plans have a lot more detail and elevations.
We are planning to meet with our builder next week and get going on the well as a first step to starting construction on schedule in the spring.
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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!