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Sealing the wood of our first treehouse — La Cara de Indio.
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Phase I x Phase II x Phase III

 

On 10 December 2014, construction began on The Treehouses at Yuquiyú, starting with two treehouses and a bathhouse. The first treehouse was named for a massive boulder nearby — La Cara de Indio. The bathhouse — La Lluvia — was named for the rainforest’s ubiquitous element — rain. The second treehouse — El Mirador, which means lookout — was named for its panoramic view. Contractor William Otero with master carpenter Gamaleal Otero, his brother, and carpenter José Rodriguez built the structure based on sketches provided by the owner. Gabo Otero, son of Gamaleal, installed the tiles. A variety of natural materials were used, including plantation-grown Southern Yellow Pine, Chinese slate and Italian travertine. Construction of this first phase of Yuquiyú was completed in August of 2015.

 

La Cara de Indio treehouse

 

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Staking out the building site.
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Hauling one of the four posts that will support the treehouse.
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Digging the post holes.
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Pouring concrete under and around the posts.
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Selecting the boards.
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Unloading the lumber.
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Using a water level to mark the height of the posts.
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Laying the subfloor over the beams and joists.
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Erecting the first wall.
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Squaring up the top plate.
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Nailing down the hurricane ties.
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Installing the rafters.
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Sheathing the roof.
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Placing the final piece of the roof sheathing.
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Building the footbridge.
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Carrying the interior siding to the site as seen from the west window.
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A sidewalk superintendent.
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Cutting the interior siding.
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Installing the interior siding.
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A view through the east window.
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Bringing the louvers of the balcony doors as seen from the west window.
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Hinging the balcony doors.
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Installing the louvers in the balcony doors.
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A view of the garden.
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Laying Plycym for the slate floor tiles.
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Installing the metal roofing.
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A view from below.
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A view to the south through the balcony doorway.
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The east side of the treehouse.
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A view of the north side of the treehouse, with bonsai by Rootsman.
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A view of the west side of the treehouse as seen from the trail.
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A view to the east.
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La Lluvia bathhouse

 

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What now? Digging the post holes for La Lluvia bathhouse.
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Concrete blocks go flying through the air.
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Making a grid of rebar for the top of the septic tank.
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Shouldering one of the posts.
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Placing the posts.
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Carrying a beam.
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Installing one of the two beams.
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Setting the floor joists.
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A plywood subfloor will be covered with a mortar bed and slate tiles.
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Bringing cement to fill the post holes.
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Constructing the frame and nailing down the balcony decking.
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Installing the exterior siding.
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Setting the hip rafters into place.
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A view to the south through the balcony doorway.
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A view through the west window.
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A view to the north through the entry.
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A view through the east window.
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Bringing Plycym, which will underlay the slate wall tiles.
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Moving a Royal Palm that was too close to the structure.
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Constructing the footbridge.
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Putting the finishing touches on the footbridge.
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Beginning to install the metal roofing.
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Installing Plycym on the shower wall.
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The partition will have the sink on the front and the shower on the back.
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Filling the gaps between the roof sheathing and the metal roofing to keep out birds and bats.
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A view from below before landscaping.
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Removing the scaffolding.
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A view of El Yunque Peak from the balcony.
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A view through the west window.
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Entry to the bathhouse.
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The interior features natural materials — plantation-grown Southern Yellow Pine, Chinese slate and Italian travertine.
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A view to the right of the entry.
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The rainwater shower illuminated by the morning sun.
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A small balcony in front of the shower is a place to sit and dry off in the sun.
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A view of the rainforest from the shower.
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The bathhouse as seen from the trail leading down from El Mirador treehouse.
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El Mirador treehouse

 

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Setting up the batter boards for our second treehouse — El Mirador.
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The site as seen from the bathhouse.
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The posts in place.
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Using a water level to determine where to cut off the posts.
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Installing the beams.
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The treehouse under construction.
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The treehouse as seen from below.
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A view from the balcony.
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