Kawartha Waterfront Blog
News and Articles in the Kawartha Lakes

Cottage Care

On a sultry summer weekend, you want to spend as much time as possible sitting on your dock, feet dangling, the newspaper in hand. Although you can't ignore maintenance at your weekend getaway, you can still find ways to streamline chores and carve out as much leisure time as possible.Here, you'll learn tips and best practices to care for your furnace, your well, and your septic system. You will also find gardening advice to transform a ho-hum spot into a restorative waterfront retreat.

Labour of Love: Spring Cottage Maintenance

Spring maintenance begins the day we arrive to inspect the cottage after the long winter. Oftentimes, we find damage or...
05/16/2018
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5 Tiny Cottage Makeovers That Will Blow Your Mind

Though small on square footage, these seaside success stories prove that every fixer upper has the potential for beachy bliss.
05/16/2018
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We Dig It: 6 Window Box Basics to Take Your Curb Appeal to the Next Level

Window boxes are the underrated secret weapon of curb appeal: These seemingly simple additions can take your ordinary home to the...
04/30/2018
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What to know about brightening your garden with rhododendrons

My neighbors, Dale and Bev Lippincott, have some rhododendrons on their property that are beautiful and are also inside a...
04/18/2018
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4 Easy DIY Home Projects for Spring

 Update standard plastic switch plates around your home.  Many homeowners spend a lot of money decorating their home’s interior, but...
03/05/2018
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These are the 7 spring cleaning hacks your life has been missing

Though some of us may still be bundled in sweaters, spring is actually just around the corner. And once we’re...
03/05/2018
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Removal of internal walls opens up tiny Melbourne worker’s cottage

Architect Ben Edwards' client wanted the inner-city location, despite the home he bought being a mere 70 square metres – the...
03/05/2018
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Rett Davis: A fortuitous time for fertilizing fescue

Question: How soon can I fertilize my lawn? Answer: That time is now for fescue lawns. Fescue lawn fertilization can...
02/26/2018
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5 potential problems to watch out for during the thaw

Ice dams in your gutters? Snow in your attic? Flooding? Giant, slushy puddles that freeze into treacherous slick patches on...
02/19/2018
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Redesigning a tiny Cape Cod cottage for year-round living

To say that Annika Richter’s home in Dennis was in rough shape when she first saw it would be an...
02/12/2018
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Do indoor plants need special care during winter?

You will need to adjust your basic care routines for houseplants over the winter to get the best results. During...
02/12/2018
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How To: Enjoy Your Outdoor Space Year-Round

If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space for entertaining, your patio probably gets a lot of use in...
02/12/2018
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Fire service offers advice for dealing with extreme winter

Last week’s bitter cold was a reminder that extreme winter conditions bring their own set of potential hazards, a fire...
02/05/2018
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Tips for renting your waterfront home

There's a saying that goes, "if you're lucky enough to live on the lake, you're lucky enough." Let's go further....
01/15/2018
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How to Keep Cottage Safe Over the Winter

As Canadians lock up their cottages, trailers and hunting camps for the winter, the RCMP are out with tips to...
11/27/2017
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Deck the Halls with money-saving ideas

The holiday season is stuffed full of traditions from the Thanksgiving turkey to the New Year’s toast. There’s Grandma’s pumpkin...
11/13/2017
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House Works: Winterizing tricks make cottage close-ups better

Beating Mold, Mildew & Mustiness Cottages sometimes get musty and moldy when interior moisture levels get too high, with no...
11/06/2017
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Should we keep our summer home?

The boathouse contractor, arms crossed severely across his chest, announces to me that he's not willing to do any more...
10/25/2017
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Gas Grill Maintenance Checklist

Clean the burner and tubes. Make sure the propane tank is turned off. Remove the briquettes and cooking grates, and...
10/11/2017
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Maintaining A Fire Pit

A fire pit creates great backyard ambiance, providing your family and friends with a great gathering place on cool evenings. The following...
10/11/2017
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The 15 Must-Dos of Fall Yard Cleanup

Autumn means football games and visits to the local pumpkin patch. It also means it’s time to get your yard...
10/04/2017
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