I would like to start out by saying our yearly vacation is spent at our cottage. Also just about every 2nd weekend we head to the cottage usually between April and November.
For the last few years we have been upgrading the old A frame cottage into being more useful along with upgrading the plumbing, electrical, windows and overall appearance. With purchasing the cottage in 1997 money was tight with owning a house also not just financial but trying to balance time between both properties. We made our own blueprint design for the make-over, which was an adventure on its own!
Prior to construction 2012.
Build in 1975 the 2 x 4 inch construction walls needed to be stripped back to the bare walls in order to install new insulation and vapor barrier. The entire front of the cottage which was cedar was removed and replaced making it up to date with the building code, supports ( lintels ) for the new windows and doors were constructed and installed. Which we had professionally installed by a certified contractor from the area. We like to support local labour because they take into mind the local weather ie: extra snow load. Going above the Ontario Building Code, instead of using 2 inch x 10 inch for the main floor supports, we used 2 inch x 12 inch for the new addition which we hope will pay off in the future for re-sale value.
The start of the new framework.
With having 2 bedrooms on the upper floor we made the decision to make a main level 14 feet x 20 foot bedroom with a storage/utility room. That meant the fuse panel had to be moved to the new build. But it was great to finally have an area to store our tools which we did not have before. We also had an new dining area added to the front of the cottage, which have windows on all walls along with a patio door walk out to the front deck.
Our New Main Level Bedroom.
With having a new kitchen installed at our house in 2013 we had a complete set of kitchen cabinets for the cottage which saved us thousands of dollars.
Reusing some of our kitchen cabinets from our house.
We have friends come up for visits and we make it a work and fun time for all, after all that is what cottage life is all about! Our Bengal ( Figgie ) has been known to temporary fill in for that game of cards or give your boat the good old heave hoe to land.
We do have a few rules of the cottage for our guests. We ask that you hang your watch on a special hook with your car keys, go to bed and get up when you wish, eat meals without watching the clock which could mean pecan pie and a root beer float for breakfast!
Life at the cottage is what you make it! I love taking someone fishing and them getting that monster on the end of the line also experimental cooking is a must.
We plan on finishing our inside upgrading this summer. With plans to work on the exterior grounds to come to a close within the next 2/3 years just in time for retirement.
Above is how the front of the cottage looks today, a bit of a change for sure.
Below is a link for information on the local culture for Patterson Lake located just outside Watson’s Corners, Ontario.
Patterson Lake link: Patterson Lake
Cottage Life is what you make it, even though it may be your yearly vacation, long weekend or a lifetime dream!