Spring 2014 Issue


Cottage Life West will help you enjoy life at the cabin even more with fun and informative articles on everything from how-to projects to inspirational design ideas.

PLUS you’ll get...

  • Discount coupons to our Cottage Life & Cabin show
  • Free digital access with your paid subscription
  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
  • Our annual Real Estate and Grilling issues
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What's Inside Spring 2014


  • Separate and Together

    These four simple but unique cabins allow plenty of privacy for the owners and their guests.

  • Gabriola Island Masterpiece

    This minimalist gem is only 700 sq. ft. and sited on a small lot, but the design saved money and made it inherently green.

  • Mission Impossible

    An ocean-access lot? An exposed rocky shoreline? A high granite bluff? No obstacle could stop this cottager from building his dream cabin.

  • Three Women, Three Solitudes

    Intrepid women who cottage alone with style and grace.

  • From This to…This!

    My century-old log cabin was a dump, but I needed a project. You won't believe how it looks now.

  • In the Round

    Architect Daniel Evan White designed this amazing round, vertical-log cottage.

  • Real Estate 2014

    Tear down or renovate? How to decide. Plus: budget busters and working with a contractor.


  • Inroads

    Stargazing at the cottage; how to buy the right telescope; reporter; maple syrup facts; newbies and the know-it-all; fire up the VCR for vintage comedy; caption contest winner; monarchs are in danger; join us at our Edmonton show.

  • Cottage Feast

    Simple diner meals; tomato-basil sauce; veal on a bun; hot chicken sandwich; pod coffee makers; spiked coffee; Doukhobor borscht; our grill genius on how to master pork tenderloin.

  • Cottage Workshop

    Making wood plugs; roofing trusses save you time and effort; easy spice rack in a drawer; how to paint a panel door; cut a curve with a circular saw; doggie dock ramp invention; working with winches.

  • Editor's Note

    A new look for spring.

  • Rural Route

    Letters from readers.

  • Reflections

    I like the simple life. After all, who needs to bathe?

  • Cottage Q&A

    Eating slugs; goose poop; maple syrup; water quality; septic pumping.

  • Cottage Watch

    My place is worth how much? When and how to appeal your assessment.

  • Solutions

    Movable glass walls are a great luxury, but are they right for cottage country?

  • Party Line

    Six never-fail tips for a great party.

  • Cabin Plans

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Smart operators: In spring, the nimble-fingered raccoon will eat anything it can get its paws on.

  • Weekender

    Sometimes, you just have to jump in headfirst.

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