It’s Time to Design YOUR Dream Custom Cottage—Considerations for achieving your vision Part 1

bluff-point-calabogie00During the month of April we’re going to talk about cottages… namely your dream custom cottage and tips to help you achieve your vision. Regardless of your stage in life—a family with young children, empty nesters about to retire, or grandparents who love to have their grandchildren experience the joys of cottage life—you want a space that is beautiful, comfortable, easy-to-maintain and meets all of your needs for efficiency and function. The space, inside and out, needs to reflect your family’s personality and lifestyle. Great architectural design is the perfect balance of look, feel and function.


bluff-point-calabogie01To achieve the cottage or vacation home of your dreams, both you and your architectural designer need to explore key questions and develop a deep understanding of your needs, wants and vision. When you begin your custom cottage journey, it’s more important to consider questions around how you will use your space instead of jumping into determining the specifics such as square feet, number of bedrooms, size of rooms and kitchen layout. Once your needs and wants are fully understood, your architectural designer has the experience and expertise to work with you to create a cottage design ideal for you and your family and you may be surprised at just how wonderful it can be!!


Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 6.32.39 PMGreat memories are created at the cottage with family and friends. It a special place that should be enjoyable for everyone. Whether you’re building a new cottage or renovating an existing one, a few simple cottage design considerations will go a long way to ensure lasting memories and fun for all. What may seem like one small design change to a less-experienced designer may have a significant effect on build costs and Jim has the expertise to know the impact of those small details. He will share this wisdom with you throughout the custom cottage design process and will find creative solutions to give you the look, feel and function you want, with the affordable build price tag you need.


custom_cottage_shabomeka_lake-3Custom Cottage Tip #1: Outside In


Cottage life is about communing with nature. You want to breathe in the fresh air, feel the gentle breeze off the lake and draw the natural beauty into your living space.


Adding a screened room or three-season space is an excellent way to open up the interior to the outside. The crackle and scent of the flames from a wood burning fire place adds a cozy feel to the room. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the beauty and benefits of the outdoors even when there are troublesome bugs and inclement weather.


custom_cottage_isle_aux_allumettes-8Large decks and tall windows encourage the interior to flow to the exterior and will make the interior spaces feel larger and more inviting.


lake-henry03Cottages aren’t just for the summer season anymore. Empty nesters and retirees may have the freedom to spend time there all year around. Design your vacation home to enjoy all four seasons in style and comfort.
Jim Bell has designed many gorgeous cottage and vacation homes for clients with very diverse needs. As a highly-experienced architectural designer, he seeks to understand your vision and has the expertise to design a vacation home that is sure to “wow” you. With offices in both Ottawa and Pembroke, Jim welcomes the opportunity to meet with you for a complimentary site visit or consultation to see if the fit is right for you.


It’s Time to Design YOUR Dream Custom Cottage–Considerations for achieving your vision – Part 2 >