Summer 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 Summer 2014


  • Sunny, Sandy, Savary

    They did the impossible: took a couple of old Pan-Abodes, added a prospector's tent, and created a design masterpiece on this almost tropical B.C. island.

  • The Weekend Guest Survival Guide

    Don't despair. You can make it to Monday with a smile. We have the best shortcuts, advice, and ideas right here.

  • Deck Beautiful

    Start with blue-sky thinking. Then design an outdoor living space that fits your location and is a savvy mix of form and function.

  • The Six-Pack Workout

    Too far from the gym and too close to the snacks? Keep fit on the dock this summer with a couple of, yes, tallboys.


  • Inroads

    Everyone loves corn; choose the best cobs; landslide threat and Pemberton cottagers; beer glass study; boating tech; wild boars in Sask.; Reporter; the return of Finkleman; Monopoly, cottage-style

  • Cottage Feast

    Tapas add life to your party; what to do with roadside berries; wine in boxes; soft-serve desserts; sausages are sensational; cooking corn; what can you leave out when the fridge is full?

  • Cottage Workshop

    DIY cottage signs; sign template kits; three ways to revive tired, faded plastic (and one thing that doesn't work); boat garden invention; wood finishing cloths; handy tips for using a handsaw

  • Editor's Note

    Sweet summertime.

  • Rural Route

    Letters from readers.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Principal residence and co-ownership; roof pitch for an addition; restoring vintage linens; cats at the cottage; who chewed the cap on my gas can?

  • Cottage Watch

    Shoreline setbacks and what you should know if you live by the water.

  • Cabin Pressure

    The Scots lads turn disaster into delight and redo their basement porch into an airy place to kick back. Plus, four musts for every cottage screened porch.

  • Cabin Plans

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Parasitic wasps are terrifying—for their unlucky insect hosts.

  • Weekender

    Weather happens. Boy, does it ever!

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