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Designing & Building your Vacation Cottage

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  • When I started designing vacation cottages, I immediately discovered that a Vacation Cottage should NOT be designed the same way as a standard home. Vacation cottages should be designed around having fun! A vacation cottage should help you relax and have peace... to be refreshed and recharge you with energy for living.

  • Everything in a vacation cottage should be fun, easy to care for and restful for people who are on vacation. Vacationers should not have to spend time washing windows, vacuuming carpets or cleaning ceramic tile baths. Materials selected to go into a vacation home should be easy to maintain, they should be weather proof, guest proof, replaceable, and they should, whenever possible, make people smile.

  • Designs in a cottage should allow for unique or unexpected features, such as round porthole windows, or ship's ladders and built-in bunks. A wide window seat can sometimes double as an extra guests' bunk or a special place to curl up with a good book on one of those inevitably rainy beach days.

    Time on a vacation should be spent relaxing and enjoying the vacation experience, no matter if you vacation in your cottage a week or a lifetime.

    A vacation should be an experience where you form lasting memories of playing on the beach, of boating, of discovering exciting new things (even if its something new about a person), of sharing a fantastic meal, and of forming bonding relationships... a vacation cottage should help as much as possible in making the vacation experience be a treasured remembrance.

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