Breckenridge Showcases ‘Glassic Flat’ Cottage
Adding windows has long been a designer’s trick to imbue small spaces with light, but few have taken it to the lengths of Breckenridge’s new “Glassic Flat” recreational park trailer. According to Tim Howard, president of the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary in Nappanee, Ind., the unique custom glass cottage was designed by noted architect Christopher Deam. “Chris had the vision for this, but I didn’t,” Howard noted. “I said ‘thanks, but no thanks.’” Some months later, however, Deam came back to Howard — this time with Target stores in tow. “Target wanted to do an open house in Manhattan for Design Week, and they wanted us to build these units for them,” he said. “And, since they were willing to pay for my R&D, I thought that this time maybe I better pay attention.” Afterwards, Howard sent the cottage around the country, showcasing it to dealers, “and never broke the first pane of glass. That gave us the confidence to bring it to market,” Howard added. Although the 400-square-foot unit features a full wall of sliding glass doors, light-blocking power shades quickly allow for complete privacy. MSRP is expected to be between $70,000-$80,000.