With sunny days and chilly nights, there is no denying that fall is officially here. It’s the time of year that allows us to cozy up and remember all we are thankful for; the great people, fun times, and delicious food we have enjoyed. As the leaves continue to change and the days get shorter, … Continued
The cheapest and easiest way to refresh a room or the whole cottage is with a new coat of paint. And many exterior items, such as siding or wooden furniture, require regular repainting for preservation. Whether you’re painting inside or out, here are some tips so you do the job like a pro. Featured Video
If your cottage has been in the family for a while, there’s likely some old coffee cans or glass jars filled with miscellaneous nails, screws, bolts, and other hardware. But before you dig into them for your next project, it’s important to know the proper fastener for the job that you’re tackling. Featured Video
Who doesn’t love a good swing in a hammock? But finding suitably distanced trees in the right location—facing the right direction—is tough. The solution is a hammock stand, and if you elect to buy one, the choices are pretty straightforward: metal stands run about $150 and are consistently rated “flimsy.” More robust (and beautiful) laminated wood … Continued
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Measure twice, cut once is a common mantra in both DIY and professional circles. But what if you don’t happen to have the right measuring tool at hand? Luckily, you likely have a few items lying around your cottage that can make do in a pinch. (Bonus tip: a “pinch” of salt is generally recognized … Continued
Up for one last project before you start thinking about packing things in for the season? If so, consider building a storage shed. You’ll appreciate it a few weeks later when you’re trying to figure out where to put all your summer gear. Here are a few key things to keep in mind. Featured Video
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When a nasty fall sidelines her father, can writer Andrea Curtis step in to take his place as the family’s handy cottager? The morning had the makings of what is known in my family as a “perfect Georgian Bay day”—bright, clear, a hint of a breeze. My seventy-something dad was on the south side of … Continued
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The cost and logistics of getting someone to come repair an appliance at the cottage can be tricky, so it makes sense to know how to tackle minor issues yourself. Here are some very DIYable repairs that don’t require professional help. Featured Video
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This couple has mastered the art of reviving old furniture and reinventing castoffs for next to nothing.
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Solar stake lights are great for gently lighting a pathway—provided they can be stuck in the ground. But the path from my cottage to the water is mostly rock, which is tough going for plastic stakes. My initial solution was to build a tripod support. This worked okay, but on uneven surfaces the lights had … Continued
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We head to the cottage so that we can spend time in nature. But, sometimes, the local flora requires a little maintenance to keep everything tidy and healthy. Here are seven yardwork tools that you’ll need for the job. Featured Video
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