Model cottage comes to Fall Cottage Life Show

If you could design the cottage of your dreams, what would it look like?

For the first time in the twenty year history of the Cottage Life Shows, a fully finished and decorated model cottage will be presented at the Fall Cottage Life Show, October 26-28, 2012 at the International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.

Our model cottage is 1,000 sq. ft. and features two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The open kitchen and living room are perfect for entertaining family and friends, and there are cottage inspired touches throughout, right down to the tiled dog-wash station inside the back door. You’ll be able to walk right in, sit down and steal the best ideas for your own cottage.

“Cottages come in all shapes and sizes,” says Al Zikovitz, publisher of Cottage Life magazine, and producer of the Cottage Life Shows.  “We know our readers and show-goers are looking for smart designs that are compact, efficient, cost effective and still good looking. This model cottage is a real inspiration for someone thinking about how to get into owning a cottage or replacing or renovating an existing structure.”

Canada Builds, the company behind the project, is a CSA and Tarion approved builder located in Lindsay, Ontario. They specialize in custom home and cottage designs that are built in a controlled environment. Basements are installed in about 80% of their projects, essentially doubling the living space, which comes in very handy on those busy weekends when the whole family comes to visit.

The costs of a modular cottage are very appealing—about $125 per square foot for a completely finished cottage. That includes all flooring, windows, doors, cabinetry, appliances, and fixtures. And naturally, all the designs and finishes can be customized as a country home, chalet, or cottage, and installed anywhere in Ontario.

Styled by lifelong cottager Rebecca Purdy, the model cottage will showcase furnishings and décor items from the exhibitors at the Fall Cottage Life Show. You may recognize Rebecca as the stylist on HGTV’s shows Disaster DIY: Cottage Edition, House of Bryan and Leave It To Bryan. Rebecca will be doing a guided tour of the model cottage each day at 1:00pm. And at 3:00pm, bring your design questions, photos, and ideas, because Rebecca’s offering a free design consultation each day.

The model cottage is set in a little piece of cottage country, with a natural stone and evergreen garden installed by Cornerstone Landscaping.

Everyone has a different idea of what they would do for their dream cottage. We hope you’ll join us at The Fall Cottage Life Show and be inspired.