July 2014 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.

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  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
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What's Inside July 2014


  • Branching Out

    Think tree houses are just for kids? This forest funhouse is for the adult in all of us.

  • Nature as Nurture

    Going to the cottage feels good. But being in the wilderness could be better for you than you think and may even help cure you of an illness.

  • Pick Your Paddle

    Step back in time with a wooden blade in your hands. Here’s how to choose the right paddle for you.

  • John Gray Goes to the Cottage

    Kicking back at a stunning BC retreat, with friends and family—and dolphins, eagles, and whales.

  • Switcherooms

    Three clever transforming outbuildings that will make you think twice about your shack out back.


  • Waterfront

    Take a hike on this Georgian Bay route; more happy trails; a new septic system; plant words; ice cream facts; outfoxed; reporter; float your valuables; and an outhouse you don’t want to miss

  • Cottage Feast Grill Guide

    Steak with three sauces; grill gender wars; how to use a thermometer; beer cocktail; bacon-wrapped deliciousness; fish in foil packets; asparagus on the grill; does marinating tenderize?

  • Workshop

    A caddy for herbs or bottles; checking and changing range fuses; accessible dock cleat invention; do-it-yourself lumber milling; turn a 2x4 into a clamp; fix a wobbly toilet

  • Cottage Q&A

    Sand appearing after a new well pump is installed; removing tiles with asbestos; beech tree disease; swift raft liability; should we be afraid of bats?

  • In Like Zim

    Some fears are rational. Others, not so much, and Zim takes a dim view of one of the most common.

  • Cabin Pressure

    Want to save cash but still live well? Do it dynamic-duo style: First, cut back and clean out the clutter. Then, create your own magical decor.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Total meltdown: The widespread wood frog can freeze, thaw, and live to tell the tale.

  • Weekender

    School’s out, the water is fine, and the kids are all right (the dog’s okay too).

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