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For many of us, spring is the time when we head to the cottage with the intent to open it up for the season. We pack the cleaners, vacuum, dusters, and maybe even the toolbox. We may have to remove boards from the windows, perform minor repairs, and just generally freshen up the whole space.
Here are a few suggestions that will add a touch of luxury to your summer get-away.
Re-fresh the deck or porch.
When we’re at the cottage, so much of our time is spent on the deck or the porch. Even if it’s a covered area, it’s bound to experience some wear and tear thanks to use and exposure to the weather. Show it a little love by repairing or replacing planks that have cracked. If you notice that the stain has faded or the paint is starting to peel, give that your attention. There are so many options now that make staining and painting easy. Products are so much more resistant to the elements than they used to be. So, all the effort you put into the project will pay off in the longterm.
Add an outdoor shower.
Whether you install a simple showerhead on one side of the deck or you actually construct an enclosed, outdoor room, you’ll love the benefits that an outdoor shower offers. At the very least, it will keep sand and water drops from entering into the cottage. Scale up the luxury portion by turning that shower into a steam shower. You’ll be able to enjoy a spa treatment right there on the deck.
Build an outdoor bar
What would a cottage be without a refreshing drink? Ask yourself whether you really want family and friends trudging through the cottage every time they want a drink. Keep your cottage clean by building a bar area outside. Stock it with drinks and lots of ice. If possible, connect electricity to the structure so that you can add in a small fridge and pretty lights.
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How do you prepare your cottage for the season?