If you’re starting from scratch:
Map out your vision.
Before building, map out a plan and consider the location. Are you looking for a waterfront retreat or the perfect south-facing sunny spot? Also, consider how close you want your neighbours to be.
Find the right local partner.
Taking your dream cottage from blueprint to full build is a big job. That’s why it’s so important to find a building partner who not only has all the materials you need to customize your vacation home but is also close to the jobsite and understands the terrain and local challenges.
To get the right support, consider a full service like Home Hardware’s Beaver Homes & Cottages program. Available across Canada, a local dealer can help you choose from 119 pre-designed models or create a fully customized plan from scratch.
To enhance your current cottage:
Create a four-seasons retreat.
Maximize time at the cottage with all-season winterproofing. Think long term to transform your once “summer hotspot” into a warm and comfortable year-round retreat. Consider all-season insulation, upgrading windows and doors and wildlife proofing by filling in holes in walls and cupboards. Purchase the right storage solutions for garbage and gardening products, and don’t forget to protect seasonal fixtures and toys with the appropriate coverings for the cold winter months.
Consider simple upgrades.
Small, budget-friendly upgrades can go a long way towards enhancing your cottage. Refresh tired walls with a new coat of paint or update door handles and dresser knobs to renew old furniture. Improve the ambiance by incorporating decorative pillows, throw blankets and accent lighting. Bunkie or shed kits are both turnkey ways to expand your space while updating your property.