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Home & Cottage

OKEVIN PRITCHETT often sees contractors’ trucks pass his Gambo, NL, building supply store loaded with heavy machinery for digging septic beds. “I shouldn’t mind,”...

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Dream Cottage to Business

IN 2009, shortly after they were married, Stephen and Stephanie Arnold bought a parcel of land overlooking the ocean in North Rustico, Prince Edward Island. At...

Summertime, and the Gardenin’ is Easy

WHILE SOME of us live for gardening and can’t think of anything we would rather do, there are always those moments when we do want to kick back and relax...
Minimalism is the best approach to outdoor shower enclosures. Framing can be done with two-by-fours or four-by-four timbers and walls closed in enough to provide privacy.

Showering alfresco

Can we all agree that there’s just something fabulous about being buck naked in the great outdoors? It is liberating, and for those of us who never fully...

The great backyard escape

To the inevitable surety of death and taxes we could add, a prolonged and wet spring season on the east coast that makes the summer season that much sweeter.

The great charcoal renaissance

The last time I barbecued, I didn’t barbecue at all. I smoked instead. The entire process from start to finish was a long, slow cook in a smoker using natural...
A host of vegetables are planted in a large wooden container.

Happiness is Homegrown

Since moving from my former home to the place in Wolfville where I now hang my gardening hat, the garden space is significantly smaller. I made several new...

Cottage Revival

WE HAVE this little cottage in our family on the south shore of Nova Scotia. My grandfather built it with the help of some of my uncles in the 1960s. It’s a...

Shed Your Inhibitions

HOMEOWNERS ARE often on the lookout for something that can add character to their property—and for ways to express their creativity for all to see. Cleverly...
Kim (right) and her Mom, Mary Dee.

Labour of love

There is a strong history of storytelling in Atlantic Canada and this cottage has a story. Stories have always connected people and built communities, and...

The Magic of Seeds

DO YOU REMEMBER the first time you grew something from seed? I asked some of my friends that question, and it was wonderful to see the answers. Many were...