Cabin Country: A miniature cabin is reborn

  • Updated: July 25, 2013 - 8:20 PM
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Potter’s mother converted this modest tool shed into a mini cabin for her two sons. Years later, Potter reinvented the tool shed yet again, turning it into a sauna.

Submitted by Kris Potter, Minneapolis

First it was a tool shed. Then my mom got the brilliant idea that it could be a little cabin for her children. She pressed her cousin and his Swedish, central Minnesota carpenter dad into service, and it soon became the bunkhouse, a miniature 14-by-14-foot cabin. Two bunks, a chair, a mirror, a rocking chair, an antique coat hanger and some blue and green shag carpeting, and we had our own little children’s world and home. We loved it and feared it. As cars went by on the dirt road, my brother and I would freeze in our bunks — we were sure we would be kidnapped. We lay on our bunks frozen with fear. Bugs coated the ceiling and walls. Why in the light of day had we thought this was a great place to be?

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