The Taj Ma’Outhouse

Some homeowners want to make another kind of statement.

A few years back I racked up another CotY award for a bathroom project. I was renovating my own cabin in Wisconsin and I couldn’t get out of my head that a cabin should have an outhouse. We didn’t technically need an outhouse, but it was a fun idea. I decided to go for it and took the project as seriously as if it had been a job for the company.

My goal was to transform the “outhouse experience” from a hurried, unpleasant visit to something more pleasant and relaxing. I was inspired by my great uncle, who was a woodworker. His outhouse had a paneled pine interior and was a comfortable place to be.

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First, I studied outhouse design (the University of Minnesota Extension Service website has a lot of ideas and background information). That helped ensure we included all of the functional things it should have, like proper ventilation. Then we overlaid the functional design elements with a colorful artistic fabric.

In addition to garnering a CotY award (in the Residential Exterior Specialty Category), the finished project was called “a green jewel that sparkles in the woods with its sloped copper roof, yellow door, and red window trim” by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

I know what it’s like to get a fun, out-of-the-ordinary project under your skin. And I know how to take them seriously and get them done. As you sit outside with your family this Memorial Day, ask yourself, how can I make my property, even more, my own? A fanciful, imaginative, backyard structure might be the signature stroke for which you’re looking. We’re ready and eager to help you make it real!


Learn more about this fun project, read “A Functional Outhouse” at Cabinlife.com. Or download “Whimsical Taj Ma’Outhouse”.


Give John a call at 612-861-0188 or fill out our Getting Started Form if you’d like to explore possibilities for making your space truly unique!