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Determining the placement of La Cascada treehouse from side to side.
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Phase I x Phase II x Phase III

 

On 8 September 2015, construction began on La Cascada treehouse. However, the original idea was not to build a treehouse at all, but rather a deck. Once the floor had been laid, the spectacular view called for more. It became clear that the ideal use for the site would be as a café. In the canyon, about half way down to the river, it’s a place to relax and admire the view of the rainforest, the river and boulders. As in the first phase, contractor William Otero with master carpenter Gamaleal Otero, his brother, and carpenter José Rodriguez built the structure based on sketches provided by the owner. They were assisted by Billy Otero, the contractor’s son, and Christian Caraballo. Gabo Otero, son of Gamaleal, installed the tiles. A variety of natural materials were used, including plantation-grown Southern Yellow Pine and Chinese slate. Construction of this second phase of Yuquiyú was completed in December of 2015.

 

La Cascada treehouse

 

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Determining the placement of the treehouse from front to back.
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Batter boards being used to locate the positions of the posts.
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Once the posts are in place and set in concrete, the first beam can be installed.
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Notching a post to receive the second beam.
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Carrying the second beam to the construction site.
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Putting the second beam in place.
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Once both beams are in place, work on the floor joists can begin.
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The floor joists have been laid, and work has begun on the subfloor.
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Filling the post holes of the balcony with cement.
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A seemingly-endless amount of lumber must be hauled down to the construction site.
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The floor joists of the balcony are being squared up before the decking is laid.
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Laying the decking.
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Once the deck is complete, the railing is installed.
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The treehouse as seen from below.
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Work on the frame of the treehouse begins.
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The exterior siding is nearing completion.
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Working on the “x” braces of the railing.
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The “x” braces, a traditional Caribbean style, are being measured, cut and nailed into place.
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A view of Las Rocas, a natural formation of boulders.
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Work continues on the “x” braces.
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More work on the “x” braces.
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Nailing the “x” braces into place.
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Installing the hip rafters.
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The ceiling rafters are now in place.
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Installing the roof sheathing.
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Laying the water tube in a trench.
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The landing for the stairway, ready to be moved into place.
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Moving the landing to the top of the future stairway.
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Removing an obstacle.
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Enlarging the post holes to get the landing into position.
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Once the landing is perfectly aligned, the post holes can be filled with cement.
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After the cement has set, the stringers can be installed between the landing and the balcony.
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Installing a riser.
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Checking the height of the riser before installing the tread.
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The tread in place, completing the stair.
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Marking the height of the posts.
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Cutting the posts to the correct height.
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Installing the base for the handrail.
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Chiseling the posts to receive the base of the handrail.
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Measuring the entry door before installation.
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Installing the hinges on the entry door.
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Installing the windows.
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Installing a window molding.
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Finishng the installation of the molding.
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Bringing Plycym to underlay the slate floor tiles.
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A view of El Yunque rainforest from inside the treehouse.
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A view of the rainforest from the balcony.
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The stairway is substantially complete.
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The treehouse awaits its metal roof.
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More hauling — this time removing excess lumber and debris.
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The heavy lifting is done, but it remains to install the metal roof, seal the wood and lay the floor tiles.
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The finished treehouse.
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