Carbondale treehouse featured in Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter book

Call it a high honor.

In recent months, a painstakingly crafted kids' treehouse along the Roaring Fork River has become a local landmark of sorts for commuters making the Glenwood Springs-to-Aspen schlep. Now the 230-square-foot structure has found fame beyond the Western Slope, featured among other big little housing ideas in Lloyd Kahn's new book, Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter: Scaling Back in the 21st Century.

Kahn's book focuses on the grassroots trend toward small (under 500 square feet), simply constructed dwellings, many of which can be mounted on wheels and easily towed to a new location. The Carbondale treehouse is a bit of an anomaly in the book; although it has heat and electricity, it's a playhouse rather than a permanent living space.

The house is the work of architect Steve Novy of Green Line Architects and furniture maker David Rasmussen, both of Carbondale, who were asked by locals Branden Cohen and Deva Shantay to come up with a place they could retreat with their children. According to this report in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, the house was originally erected in 2008 beside the Crystal River but was later relocated to the clients' new property along the Roaring Fork. Log columns provide the main support, since the available trees aren't sturdy enough to hold up such a spacious structure.

Novy describes the treehouse as designed "for fun, frivolity, and fantasy."

More photos of the frivolity can be found on Green Line's website.

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