Alex Reid was outgrowing his home office.
The military and police toughbook computers he refurbishes were piling up, and work life was seeping into the free time he wanted to spend with his family.
To make room for his expanding business, it looked as if he would have to rent out some office space – but that meant a commute, a monthly rent payment and less flexibility watching his young children.
Then came option B: build a treehouse.
Today, Reid works from a pine building nestled between two sycamore trees in the sloping backyard of his home in Columbia's Oakland Mills neighborhood.
His desk faces a wall of windows looking out over a patch of woods,...