Colin Hunter knows Muskoka. The local contractor specializes in creating relaxing cottage spaces that have verve and durability. He can bee seen on HGTV Canada’s Summer Home, along with series host Samantha Pynn. Here, he offers his top five tips for cottage renovation.
1. LOOK TO THE FUTURE
Envision the end goal for your cottage project. Avoid short-term renovation solutions. Instead, focus on what will be great for years to come.
2. PLAN IN THE CITY
Before starting the renovation, do as much planning as you can in the city. Each hour of planning saves three hours of work—especially when the hardware store is far away!
3. BUY DURING THE WEEK
If you can, purchase fixtures, appliances and materials before heading out for the weekend. Don’t be shy about using Craigslist and Kijiji to get some great deals.
4. LIGHTEN UP
Use natural looking materials and light shades of paint. The real beauty of the cottage is the surrounding nature. Avoid colours and fabrics that detract from the views.
5. MANAGE YOUR TIME
Set realistic goals of what to achieve, and then attack. Always make sure to enjoy some afternoon sun. You can make up for it in the evening!