As the weather warms up and summer nears, it’s time to open up the cottage and return to enjoying weekends at the lake! It might still be a little to cool to spend to much time at the beach but now is the perfect time to plan a few easy projects that will add extra enjoyment over the summer months! Looking for ideas? Here are a few great ways to add luxury and comfort to your cottage this summer!

Freshen Up Your Patio

There is nothing quite as wonderful as long afternoons out on the patio or deck. If your deck or patio is looking a little worse for wear, a fresh stain can quickly give your whole cottage a updated feel. While you may need to wait for slightly warmer weather before you can re-stain your deck, start preparing now by inspecting the deck for any damage and making any necessary repairs. Then, give your deck a complete  cleaning so it is ready for stain. If your deck is still in good shape, a traditional stain will bring it back to life while maintaining the look of the natural wood. If you’re deck boards have seen better days or needed a fair bit of repair, a solid hide stain like Sharkskin will hide imperfections and repair work while giving you the finished look of a brand new deck!

Installing an Outdoor Shower

There are many reasons for adding an outdoor shower at the cottage. There are the relaxing benefits of enjoying a luxurious shower with a fabulous view or the functional benefits of having a space for little ones and pets to clean up before coming in from a day at the beach. Either way, installing a outdoor shower is a great summer project and it doesn’t have to be a complicated or expensive project either! Saniflo offers convenient, cost-effective solutions, which are perfect for cottage applications. Their systems require less construction than conventional systems and can be installed by cottage-owners in as little as one day. The SANISHOWER is a small drain-water pump that can be used to pump waste water away from a shower installation. It is small enough to fit underneath a raised shower base or can be easily hidden behind a wall or under a shower bench. It’s the perfect personalized cottage plumbing solution for a beautiful outdoor shower.

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Create a Beverage Station

Refreshments are a must on hot summer days! If you don’t have the luxury of an outdoor kitchen, keep drinks close at hand by creating an outdoor beverage station. This could be as simple as a small cabinet full of cups and supplies with a mini fridge sitting on top. If you or your partner are a little more handy, create your own custom beverage station by re-purposing an old dresser or china cabinet!

Fresh Coat of Paint

As much as we’d like to avoid it, not all summer weekends are beautiful so don’t limit your updates just to the exterior! A fresh coat of paint in the main living areas of your cottage will help to brighten up the space and make it a welcoming place to curl up with a good book on those raining days or chilly evenings.

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