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The All-Ages Tree House

Joanne Furio | December 26, 2012 | Story Architecture

AS A RETIRED VIRGIN AMERICA AIRLINE EXEC, Fred Reid knows a thing or two about a bird’s-eye view. Though he already had a sprawling home (designed by Dogpatch-based architect Olle Lundberg) on 40 acres outside Sebastopol, Reid coveted a more rustic retreat on his grounds, one that hearkened back to simpler times: a tree house. But instead of the precarious bough-clambering traditionally required, he wanted this aerial escape to be easily accessible—both to small children and to those whose tree-climbing days are long behind them.

Reid enlisted Scott Constable of eco-design firm Wowhaus, a master woodworker with a handful of tree houses to his credit. The resulting 234-square-foot guest cabin perches 30 feet in the air and feels not unlike the treetop clubhouse of an eight-year-old’s fantasy. “It’s dramatic when there’s a storm,” Reid says. “You feel like you’re borne on the wind.”

Originally published in the January 2013 issue of San Francisco.

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