Monthly Archives: March 2014

When I was 5 my father built my sister and I a treehouse.  Put simply that treehouse was home to countless memories that over 30 years later I still remember vividly.  In 2011 when we moved to our current (and final) home one of the first things I took an accounting of was the 60 foot spruce that was growing perfectly in the southwest corner of our backyard.  It was immediately earmarked for what would be home to my children’s future treehouse.  So three years later in the summer of 2014 it was time to begin building.  I broke out some scrap paper and laid out the general structural plans.  I sought the approval of my right hand man – Jack (age 7) who stamped the sketches minutes later and eagerly accompanied me (along with his broker Mason (age 5)) to the lumber yard that afternoon.   With two treehouse anchor bolts, eathquake ties and what amount to over 1000 pounds in cedar and douglas fir we were off and running.

To ensure they embraced the project I decided to buy them their first Carhart overalls which turned out to be one of the best gifts I have ever given them.  As I write this post we are two months into the project and can confidently say this will go down as one of the best father/son experiences I will have with my boys.  Stay tuned for more updates and PICTURES!!!

-Jim


AirBNB is bringing Operational Headquarters to Portland!

Years ago I visited www.airbnb.com and I will confess it was arguably the nicest site design I have ever had.  Beyond the elegance of the site design, was an incredible user experience related to renting short term spaces in people’s home’s ADUs, etc.  As the company has solidified over $300 million in financing, it brings 160 jobs to Portland and a new 27,000 space in Old Town!  One could presume this move by AirBNB in addition to several other start ups bringing jobs to Portland will only exacerbate the demand for close-in urban housing.   www.airbnb.com