Fall 2015 Issue


Cottage Life will help you enjoy life at the lake 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 shows
  • 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 Fall 2015


  • The Savvy How-to-Build-a-Cottage Compendium

    Where to start? What are the options? Build your dream retreat with our start-from-scratch guide.

  • Best Laid Plans

    One family got what they wanted, at a price they could afford, with a custom kit cottage.

  • Stair Master

    It’s a long way down to the water. How to build stairs over any terrain, even a steep slope.

  • Special Section: Cottage Floor Plans

    From small to large, spartan to luxury, here are 17 inspiring cottage designs. Pick one.


  • Waterfront

    Cranberries are in; bear hunt update; new Elizabeth Hay novel; barging a cottage; animal myths debunked; Reporter; heat-saving tricks; adopt-a-window cottagers; a bacon substitute from the sea?

  • Cottage Workshop

    How to prevent water damage; small- engine winterizing tips; an unusual mailbox invention; low-e glass primer; a product that breaks boulders; the eco way to drain a hot tub; build a sound barrier

  • Cottage Feast

    Garlic: how to buy it, plus lamb, pasta, and salsa verde recipes; bake a pie like a winner; tasty grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts; mix ’n’ match cocktails; hobo potatoes; use up leftover buttermilk

  • Cottage Q&A

    Salamanders are disappearing; stop seagulls; winter room divider; buy out a relative; underwater septic tank

  • In Like Zim

    Kerosene lamp, mosquito coils, and mothballs? Smells like cottage spirit.

  • Cabin Pressure

    From a rickety sun deck to a stylish screened porch.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The long-tailed weasel is a sneaky, ferocious predator.

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