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.

Tips for painting the cottage

Is 2019 the year you paint the cottage? Cottage Life put together a list of the five best paints for...
01/23/2019
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How to release that rusted bolt

When you live on the lake, hardware can get rusty sometimes! It's no problem, though. You can loosen a rusted...
01/20/2019
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Staying warm with inexpensive window hack

We love winter in Kawartha Lakes, but it sure can get cold! If you don't have it in the budget to...
01/17/2019
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How to declutter your cottage in style

Cottages tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. From things family members left behind to the seemingly millions of towels,...
01/14/2019
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Green renovations

When it came to renovating their Muskoka cottage, this couple went green! Choosing sustainable methods for your cottage exterior can...
12/05/2018
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How to use your woodstove

A woodstove is a very attractive feature to some buyers in the cottage market! They emulate a cozy, warm feeling...
12/03/2018
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Does your cottage sign need an upgrade?

How is your cottage sign looking these days? If you have one, it's probably time to bring it in for...
11/30/2018
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Cottages that don’t close

Cottages that don't need to be closed up for the winter are becoming more and more popular. Muskoka Region reported,...
10/30/2018
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Firewood tips for the colder weather

It's getting colder! That means if you're lucky enough to have a wood burning fireplace, it's time to stock up...
10/22/2018
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Gravel cottage roads

It's absolutely wonderful to have a cabin tucked away in nature, but sometimes that means caring for a gravel cottage...
10/17/2018
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Stock your screws

Is anything more frustrating than starting a project and realizing you don't have the right screws - so you have...
10/16/2018
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Keeping up with exterior cottage care

Keeping up with your cottage’s exterior maintenance can seem like a chore you want to put off, but staying on...
09/21/2018
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Renting a cottage in the winter

Do you think you can only rent your cottage out in the summer? Guess again! Some families love to escape...
09/19/2018
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Take care of yourself when you take care of the cottage

Many cottage chores aren't particularly dangerous, but you should still take extra precautions to make sure you don't get hurt....
09/13/2018
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Fall landscaping inspiration

The crisp fall air is a great excuse to get outside and garden! Consider adding a few of these stunning...
09/11/2018
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Summer’s end chores

There's always something to do around the cottage. This year, get ahead so you are not scrambling when it's time...
09/05/2018
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Cottage emergency plans

We have had a few weather warnings in Kawartha Lakes lately, from thunderstorms to heat warnings. Do you have a plan...
09/03/2018
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Stepping up your shoreline

Is your waterfront shoreline looking a little beat up after the summer? Already thinking about upgrades for next year? You...
08/29/2018
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DIY cottage repair tips

Many cottagers like to save some money and do basic repairs themselves. Cottage Life has a list of a few...
07/31/2018
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What you need to know about fire bans

With fire bans going into effect in the area, you or your renters might have questions about them. Cottage Life...
07/18/2018
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What to do about invasive insects

The southern pine beetle is finding its way north into Canada. There are a few ways we can slow its...
06/30/2018
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