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Laying the concrete blocks of the entrance stairway.
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Phase I x Phase II x Phase III

 

Having finished La Cascada treehouse, construction continued with the installation of a subterranean electrical system in January of 2016 under the direction of Gamaleal Otero. Refinements to the treehouse continued until early March by contractor William Otero and carpenter José Rodriguez. At that time, the contractor suggested building the bath under the treehouse instead of nearby, an idea the owner accepted immediately because he did not want an additional structure that would block the view of the river, and he realized that the shower could have the same territorial view as observed from the balcony above. Construction of the third phase of Yuquiyú was completed in mid-July of 2016, at which time work began on a laundry underneath La Lluvia bathhouse.

 

Finishing touches to La Cascada treehouse

 

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Filling the blocks with concrete.
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Poured concrete fills the column.
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Cutting the slate into 3" x 3" tiles.
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Cementing the tiles into place.
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Screwing in a roof panel that has been cut to fit around the tree.
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Installing the cabinets.
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Unloading the Braziian Juparaná granite countertop.
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Getting the countertop to the building site.
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Fitting the countertop.
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The letters first were laid out on posterboard, and each letter's position and nail holes were marked.
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Nails were lightly driven through the marks to define the position of each letter before removing the posterboard.
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La Casacada bath

 

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The first truckload of concrete blocks for the bath.
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The blocks still have a long way to go.
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Hauling the blocks 400 feet down the path to the building site.
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Coming back for more.
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The first load of blocks midway to the building site.
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Rock and sand will be mixed with cement and water to make concrete.
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Breaking ground for the septic tank.
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Removing one of several boulders.
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Finishing the excavation and setting up a platform for mixing concrete.
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Sliding the concrete blocks down a chute.
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Passing the blocks even further down.
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Cementing the blocks into place.
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Rebar in place.
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Pouring the concrete.
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Leveling the concrete.
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Installing the waste line from the future bath.
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Excavating underneath the treehouse to create the space for the bath.
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Walls in progress.
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Attaching the Chinese slate tiles to the concrete blocks.
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The view from the shower.
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The toilet goes in.
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Carrying a post that will support the stairway from the balcony to the bath below.
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Leveling one of the two posts that will support the stairway landing.
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After both posts have been set in concrete, they are cut to the final height.
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Bringing the boards that will form the landing and stairs.
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The landing that will support the stairs.
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The landing’s floor boards are nailed into place.
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A distant view of the stairway.
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The lower stairs.
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Positioning the first of the two upper stringers.
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Attaching the stringer to the landing and the balcony.
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Positioning the second stringer.
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Marking the position of the stairs.
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Work on the stairs continues from the top down.
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With all of the stairs in place, work can begin on the balustrade.
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Sawing the balusters.
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Notching the balusters.
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Marking the height and angle to cut the balusters.
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Determining the notches in the balusters needed to accommodate the handrail.
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The handrail in place atop the balusters.
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The proud builders, contractor William Otero and carpenter José Rodriguez.
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Installing the door.
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