Thursday, April 3, 2014

Deconstructing luxury in small home + tiny cabin + treehouse

"I remember early in my working days, I would just stare out the window saying, 'I'm on the wrong side of this window!'" -- Fred Reid

After several decades as an airline executive (including Delta president, Virgin America CEO and Lufthansa president/CEO), Fred Reid could have built a McMansion, but instead he chose to grow his home without taking on debt and embracing nature by adding small outbuildings.

When Reid bought his aunt's Sonoma County property, he wanted to "recapture the indistinguishable border between indoors and outdoors that I had as a child in Ethiopia". Instead of tearing down her tiny cottage, he made enlarged it a bit and opened it up to the outdoors with floor-to-ceiling windows or doors in nearly all the rooms, including the shower and toilet room.

Years later, he nestled a tiny cabin (a prefab from Modern CabaƱa) in a redwood grove to serve as an office and guest space. In another Redwood grove, he built an observation tower treehouse as a second guesthouse or a personal retreat.

Our video tour with the treehouse architect:

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