More often than not, our Sneak Peeks focus on the homes our readers share with their children, pets and fantastic finds. While we’re always über excited to take a look no matter a home’s setup, it’s such a pleasant surprise when we get to peek at other aspects of how you all live. Take author Edward Karlow and his housemates, for example. The group calls a duplex in Minneapolis, MN “home,” but today they’re letting us into the rustic guesthouse that sits beyond their bedrooms in the backyard.
The space has been on the property since it was first built in 1901, and throughout its 116-year history it’s been a barn, a dance studio, a place to store movie props, a studio/workspace and (most recently) a garage. While their groovy, orange VW looked fabulous sitting amongst the space’s bucolic wares, the group always felt a bit guilty about parking their car on the plot’s original wood floors. It was just too pretty of a space for that. Convinced they could make better use of it, after 15 years of debating the topic the housemates finally agreed that it should be turned into a fully-functioning guesthouse.
To kick things off, using loose wood they found lying around the property, they worked with local carpenters to install a full kitchen, dividing walls, bedroom and even a loft space. Once construction was complete, Edward and his friends peppered in colorful, secondhand finds to infuse the space with a relaxing, retreat-like vibe. They’ve done such a good job, in fact, the group says they oftentimes find themselves wanting to spend more time here than in their actual home. And after a few scrolls through the photos below, you too will be yearning for a little getaway to this Midwestern cabin. I guarantee it. Enjoy! —Garrett