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Read this and sleep...

Time for a snooze...

Small is beautiful. But when your cottage feels like a can with too many sardines, you’re not living small, you’re living cramped. No wonder shut-eye space “is something I’m sure everybody who owns a cabin has thought about,” says Dale Parkes, a B.C. cottager and a senior lecturer in architectural and engineering technology at Thompson Rivers University. When the guilt from handing guests the air mattress with the slow leak gnaws at your soul—and you lie awake wondering: Where can I put these extra people? And how? And what are the rules, anyway?—the good news is we’ve got answers. And if you really can’t sleep, the building code is better than counting sheep.

Q: We have a small cottage without much room to expand beyond the footprint. Could we do a modest bump-out on an exterior wall, build a bed into the alcove, and make a sleeping nook?

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Between crimson leaves, cool starry nights, and warming up by the woodstove, everyone loves fall at the lake. If you find yourself short of sleeping space for your guests, we’ve got 35 snooze-tastic ideas for where to stash a visitor (or 12). And as you start to put away all those kayaks, lawn chairs, tools, etc., consider building our super storage shack to give you a place for everything (and a nice deck!). Take a peek into a compact, livable cabin for a family of four using a shipping container: it’s only 265 sq. ft., but it has plenty of custom style and small space solutions. Meet a Canoe Lake cottager who transformed her passion for Algonquin Park into her life’s work. Worried about flooding? Learn from the experiences of a lakeside community in New Brunswick that has been hit with extreme flooding for decades, and see how one family has modified their cottage to fight back. Find answers to reader questions about rusty barbecues, wildlife–car collisions, deck railing rules, what to do if a rattlesnake bites your dog, and whether it’s ever okay to feed the deer. For the putterers, we’ve got a sandpaper guide, why you should install a keypad lock, how to check your spirit level, a device to help you drain your pipes for winter (successfully!), and a cool floating sauna. Plus, make these five easy recipes using up the leftover beer in your shed fridge—no barley sandwiches included, and a handy cheat sheet to beer types. Get the October 2019 issue of Cottage Life today!