Some late-summer packing tips for the classic, built-in shed on your garage

If you’ve lived here for any length of time, the floating box may be as familiar as your garage. Be it because it plays a bit of home game, that you visit daily for…

Some late-summer packing tips for the classic, built-in shed on your garage

If you’ve lived here for any length of time, the floating box may be as familiar as your garage.

Be it because it plays a bit of home game, that you visit daily for supplies or simply because it acts as a massive sea hideaway when a storm heads this way, there’s something distinctly magical about the mysterious wooden box.

Though it may be the oldest dwelling on the waterfront, that doesn’t make it any easier to pass up. It takes up more than twice the space of your average semi-submersible home; you might even have an army of cats around to occupy it.

Those traits, it would seem, are quite desirable.

Owner Joel Benke says it’s mostly seen as a “gift from God” — “We were told it came from the Holy Roman Empire and a rogue emperor.”

The box itself was purchased in the 1980s and spent over a decade floating on the harbor before last year’s renovation.

According to Benjamin, “It’s relatively cheap, can be moved just with boats.”

And although it’s often moved around with little fanfare, sometimes people get curious and inquire.

The total cost to restore and move the box, according to Benjamin, was just $450.

Your nightly cabin with few windows is still very much on view, though as the festive holidays approaches, it might be a tough act to follow for artists that are brave enough to enter.

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