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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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.
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!
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!