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Fun Frivolous Facts for Cottagers

By BRITTANY HENDRY

Tips for Cottagers

Port Cunnington in full autumnal glory (Photo: PjMixer)

With the summer winding down, cottagers are heading to their vacation homes to take advantage of the remaining warm days. In the spirit of great relaxation, there are some fun facts and key tips that cottagers should keep in mind. We stumbled across this great list from Readersdigest.ca that offers some great advice about poison ivy, predicting the weather and many other elements of cottage life. You can check out the list here: 13 Things You Didn’t Know About Cottaging.

Have your own advice for cottagers? Be sure to leave a comment below to share your tips with Where Canada readers!

 

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Five Cottage Renovation Tips from HGTV’s Colin Hunter

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!

For information about Colin and his services, visit 919reno.com or call 416-919-7366. Summer Home airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on HGTV Canada, or watch full episodes at hgtv.ca.