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Amazing Progress! Construction Update with Video – Feb 4 2021

February 4, 2021

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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Spectacular Million Dollar Treehouse Build – January 2021. Amazing!

January 18, 2021

If you haven’t yet, subscribe to our Vlog on Youtube and share with your friends. Construction is really moving now with the floor almost complete and the walls going up this week. The Zen Treehouse is really starting to take shape.

This week we are also meeting with our interior designers to pick out furniture. If you’ve tried to order furniture lately, you know it’s a 12+ week lead time for most pieces, so we have to do it now. We’ll be filming that and other fun clips over the next couple of weeks. I’ll be posting a new video every couple of weeks, so be sure to subscribe and click the bell to be notified when a new video is posted.

The new welding crew from Native Welding did an amazing job. They had to spend a lot of time fixing the work of our previous contractor and were left to finish things up. It’s not so easy working 40′ feet in the air and getting things perfect, but the level of the floors in the cabin are perfect! Nice work Josh and crew!

More to come in a couple of weeks. Happy New Year everyone!

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Cool Treehouse and Vlog!

October 28, 2020

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!

Cheers friends,

Peter and Delinda

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October 22, 2020 Construction Update

October 22, 2020
Treehouse Posts 32' tall
The Guest Cabin Posts – 32′ tall! As tall as the trees!

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.

Construction Update 22 October 2020
Bridge to the treehouse
The bridge to the main cabin
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Treehouse Foundation
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Welding the treehouse foundation
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Treehouse foundation posts – 30′ + tall!
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Looking down from the sub floor to the mountain below
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Welding the treehouse foundation
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More Construction Updates

October 5, 2020
Thefirst Youtube ZenTreehouse Channel Video – We will get better!

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…

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It takes two cranes to build a treehouse foundation!
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Foundation Progress!

September 28, 2020
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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.

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Bailey, Colorado
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Cool Treehouse in Quebec, Canada

September 24, 2020

I saw this video of a cool treehouse in Quebec Canada and wanted to share. This is a different, and more traditional approach, to treehouse design/build. Logs, reclaimed materials, etc. I think the builders did an amazing job! Let me know what you think in the comments.

There is a lot I love about this house and some things that wouldn’t quite work for me. This is 420 square feet of heated living space, so a bit cramped for me. But the views and location are amazing – we love Quebec (especially Montreal and Quebec City)! This is just outside Ottawa – only 2 1/2 hours from Montreal.

For those who want a great rustic treehouse experience, I’d highly recommend this one! Here is the Airbnb link in case you want to book it: https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/32808110?source_impression_id=p3_1601001037_rr2mpowxiBoeqTqr

We’re looking forward to offering another treehouse option to the short-term rental market, which has a lot more space (nearly 1,600 square feet) and a lot more luxury. We know it’s not for everyone, and totally respect what other tree house builders/owners are doing, but we think ours is going to raise the bar for what a treehouse home really means!

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ZenTreehouse is Live Streaming Construction, Sunrises and Sunsets

September 13, 2020

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!

Hot tub barrel sauna fire pit location
This is where the hot tub, barrel sauna and fire pit will go
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The Crane Has Arrived!

September 7, 2020
Treehouse construction crane with view
The arrival and set up of the crane to set the steel beams – check out the view!

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!

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Testing to be sure they positioned the crane to get the steel to each of the 25 caissons.
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Progress on the Foundation!

September 4, 2020
Just some of the steel columns that will hold up the Zen Treehouse.

The work on fabricating the columns (25 of them!), base plates, and beams has (finally) begun. We are working with an amazing fabricator, Martin Enterprises in Bailey, Colorado. They have 50+ years of experience in a wide variety of metal fabrication projects.

They sent over a few pictures of the column and base plates that will support the tree house. These will sit on the caissons there were completed earlier this year.

I should address the reasons for the delay in getting the construction restarted. The primary reason is that our builder, Cary Dunn from BackCountry Builders, has been on another project that, due to COVID, has had a lot of delays. He has to finish that house before he can really focus on getting things done for our treehouse.

He expects that the steel will go up this month (September) and that he’ll be able to start framing in early October. So…finally…PROGRESS!

I hope from now on, we will have a lot more regular posts of the progress, the ups and downs of constructing something so unique, and perhaps a bit more about our furnished rental portfolio. While the Zen Treehouse is the most unique property in our portfolio, we have five others that we will talk about when there are some lulls in posting. My goal is to have a post nearly every other week from here on out, so I’ll fill in some with how we think about these types of properties and what our nearly 10 years of experience with furnished rentals, Airbnb, and VRBO has been.

Thanks for reading! Would love to hear what you think. Post a comment and let me know what you’d like to know more about!

Peter and Delinda

Columns on the trailer ready for transport to the building site
Columns on the trailer ready for transport to the building site.
Base plates on the pallet. These will be bolted to the caissons and the columns will be welded to these plates.
A side profile of the main cabin to illustrate how these columns will be placed. Also note the beams – we intentionally cantilevered the decks (all three of them) for aesthetic reasons. Imagine a 12′ cantilevered deck more than 40′ above the ground. Sweet!