October 2006 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 October 2006


  • Take My Advice

    A designer, a plumber, and eight other reno pros share their secrets for staying on time and on budget.

  • Well Connected

    A new addition helps a hillside cottage find its way back to the lake.

  • Right-Sized Renos

    Small, medium, and large solutions to make your cottage brighter, cooler, or roomier.

  • Act of Faith

    How a committed couple brought a vintage beauty back to life and more.

  • The Mod Squad

    Our cottage building expert picks 10 of today’s best reno materials. Read this article online - click here.

  • Second Chances

    Turn old furniture, building materials, and junkyard scraps into unique cottage decor.

  • Roadside Dining

    From farmer’s gate to cottage plate, a harvest of field-fresh recipes.


  • On the Waterfront

    All-women woodworking weekend; Blanding's turtle alert; a game for birdwatchers; a blooming cottage reunion; tote infused with cedar; municipal election primer; Zimmer on cottage signage

  • Puttering

    Tool rental basics; The stable house jack; Combination utility bar; A low-slung open plan; Sources for the frugal renovator; Scribing for irregular surfaces; Drawer cover; pedal boat dolly

  • Cottage Q&A

    Permits for nest removal; ATVs on cottage roads; solar-powering a fridge; web access at the lake; how a fallen tree rights itself.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Mighty migrants: Packed with flight muscles, green darners go south.

  • Cottage Finds

    Sleeper hits: New and old-style beds made of sturdy natural materials.

  • Cottage Classic

    A gutsy filleter: My grandmother's fishing knife.

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