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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Timber effect ceramic tiles look rustic but are very sophisticated Extending doesn't always have to mean adding extra bedrooms
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.
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.
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...