Cottage

Winterize Your Cottage In 7 Easy Steps

Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living

Because cottage season is winding down

How I've Come To Love 'The Chalet,' Despite The Hummingbirds

Meredith Fowke | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living
Meredith Fowke

After spending most of my adult life faking the joy, I finally understood the appeal of the chalet. The reasons were manifold I think. But while my newfound enthusiasm is as genuine as any Canadian's, there are still a few things that give me away as an amateur.

A Great Host Makes Their Cottage Guests Feel Welcome

Sari Friedman | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

Cottages and vacation homes are great spots to host relaxing get-togethers with friends and family. While relaxing is key when it comes to getting away for a few days, there is a little more work involved when it comes to getting prepped and ready for your guests' arrival.

14 Ways To Enjoy The Cottage (When You Don't Have Access To One)

Jen Lawrence | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Scrolling through Facebook and singing the everybody-is-at-the-cottage-but-me blues? If for you, summer is a noun, not a verb, you may be feeling a bit deprived, but here are 14 ways to get the cottage experience without having access to a cottage.

Buying A Vacation Home: 7 Factors To Consider

Josh Miszk | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Business
Josh Miszk

A second home purchase is a big deal. A furnished, comfy, home away from home in the likes of Lake Tahoe or Daytona Beach comes with spectacular scenery, an even better climate and a price tag. But vacation homes don't have to exist only in your dreams.

We Are Ready To Lounge Around In Cottage Country

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Our plan, from the start, was simple. Track down a dog rough cottage and correct every last frickin' problem. You know the deal: find the worst property on the best lake and then undertake a makeover of Jurassic proportions. Which is precisely what we did. We lifted our cottage, shook the hell out of it, and then placed it back down on brand new foundations.

Passing Cottage Property Onto Your Kids Is No Walk Along The Lake

Jeet Dhillon | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jeet Dhillon

For many families a cottage is a place of special moments, milestones and memories. However, having a recreational property is not always fun and games -- there are also many costs and responsibilities that come along with ownership, especially when transferring the property to your children.

The Modern Log Cabin

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Colin & Justin discover how a log cabin can be reinterpreted as a modern 'mini-me' of their existing cottage. Using square cut wood logs... Finally,...

15 Essentials To Bring To The Cottage

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living

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This Is The Cottage Sunroom Of Your Dreams

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

This week we're revealing our sunroom. Its creation, as part of the overall cottage reversion, was critically important: having scanned the rental market, we quickly observed that most contenders benefit from a porch of some variety.

Colin And Justin's Bedroom Showdown

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada TV
Colin & Justin

Excuse us: for the first time ever we've been at war during one of our own TV series. As you'll see on Sunday's Cabin Pressure, our long suffering director Marshall twisted our arm into a full on C&J competition, that being to fashion one guest bedroom per designer. Crucially, neither of us would be privy to the other's plan. But which do you prefer?

Tending To The Great Outdoors

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

As work progressed -- and as our overgrown landscape was cleared -- we excavated an almost never-ending supply of boulders and rocks, many of which would have cost hundred of bucks a pop had we flexed our wallets in the local aggregate yard.

10 Timber Tricks To Make Your Cottage Shine

Colin & Justin | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Aye, it's time for another action packed episode of Colin and Justin's Cabin Pressure. To celebrate our latest episode, we thought it'd be fun to outline our ten best woody wonders. A tip sheet of timber tricks, if you will, to make your home or cottage shine.

We Have Big Plans For Our Latest Cottage Transformation

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

It's that time of year again. Time for us to delve even deeper into the bush and deliver for your style hungry delectation another cottage in need of our loving touch. And, take it from us -- this time we've really gone crazy. We dare you to take a walk on the wild side and tune in. Yup,Colin and Justin's Cabin Pressure is back.

My Love Letter to Ontario Cottage Country

Chris Taylor | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Living
Chris Taylor

There's just something special about Ontario cottage country, everything from the way the light streams through the pines and birches, to the call of the loons amplified across the water, to the unmistakable taste of fresh cobs of corn.

5 Ways to Be the Ultimate Cottage Host

Lisa Orr | Posted 07.31.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

One of the great joys of having a cottage is welcoming friends and family to come and visit. However many cottage guests are not regular cottagers and because every cottage is so different, it falls to the cottage host to take a few extra steps to ensure a wonderful visit is had by all.

This Man Built a Solar-powered Shipping Container Cabin

David Dodge | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living
David Dodge

Whether you call it a cottage or a cabin, Jason Rioux's summer home built partly out of shipping containers near Bobcaygeon, Ont. is pretty cool. With its rustic décor and innovative off-grid approach this solar-powered getaway is an interesting take on shipping container architecture.

How We Created the Greatest Room

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.12.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Sad though it is that the end is near (this is the last room in Colin and Justin's 13-week cottage "special" -- back to traditional urban and suburban makeovers next week) there's no let up in lakeside drama just yet. Today the boys tackle their great room.

Creating a Kitchen to Dine For

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.05.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

As interior designers and all-around visionaries, we constantly strive to see things differently: we're obsessed by the way in which change can alter the quality of life in every domestic (or for that matter commercial) project we tackle. And in the kitchen -- the undisputed heart of most client homes -- quality of life is paramount.

Stormer Of A Dormer

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.29.2016 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Extending doesn't always have to mean adding extra bedrooms. Today, Colin & Justin pimp up their cottage with an exciting shower room - built as a pr...

Turning Tricks in The Cottage Master Bedroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.22.2016 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Why, pray tell, are many of the cottages we visit so much less like wilderness cabins (visually and ergonomically) and more like suburban bungalows? Consider our own formerly nervous wreck. Step indoors, and it might very well have occupied a street in any suburban sprawl.

Transforming a Cottage Rodent Infestation Into a Stunning Guest Bedroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.14.2016 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

We're not gonna lie: our guest room, as we found it, was more like a petting zoo -- for unwanted critters -- than a potentially indulgent space for our friends to relax. Cue a weekend long clean up, gallons of bleach, miles of new drywall, acres of replacement plasterboard and a careful construction plan.

Building Our Cottage Snowroom...I Mean, Sunroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.07.2016 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

OK -- we're gonna say this right here, right now. Canadians are obsessed with the weather. So imagine the ensuing delight when our allotted timetable to build a sunroom looked like it might somehow align with a period of bright, sunny early fall weather. But then Mother Nature timed her first SNOWFALL of the year to perfectly coincide with our reveal...

Maximize Space and Style in a Cramped Cottage Bathroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.01.2016 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Consider, if you will, this bathroom: a veritable den of designer no no's. An ergonomic, stylistic and visual wash out, with little in its favour, it desperately needed to change. Petite? To the power of ten. Carpet? The devil's own harbinger of human excretions, toe nails and mouse poop. Are we painting a picture?

Our game of homes and Bunkies...

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Blimey! For the love of the holy paint chart: we've been run off our feet, of late. But that's good -- operating at full tilt is just how we like it. ...