Spring 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.

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 Spring 2014


  • Cottage Real Estate 2014

    Tear down or renovate? How to decide. Plus: They fired their contractor and survived a DIY build.

  • Lake Awake

    Even before spring arrives, natural life is on the move at the lake. Here’s what’s happening.

  • You Don’t Know Lumberjack

    Sure, you think you understand log cabin construction. But there’s more to it.

  • Land of Folly

    This cluster of rustic log cabins is timeless and worth the annual trek from Australia.


  • Waterfront

    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

  • 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; marinating in the freezer

  • 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 circ saw; doggie dock ramp invention; working with winches

  • Cottage Q&A

    Eating slugs; bad renters; sauna taps; noisy pipes; planting solutions

  • Cottage Watch

    Flooding: Will it happen again this spring?

  • Solutions

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

  • In Like Zim

    Let’s leave future cottagers a time capsule—of trash.

  • Cabin Pressure

    A new column by the Scots design duo. This issue: Let in the light.

  • Nature Scrapbook

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

  • Weekender

    Bonding with the family pet at the lake.

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