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Appeal on wheels

Turn an old trailer into stylish spillover sleeping space

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Neck-deep in a full renovation on their Bernard Lake, Ont., property, Stéphane Aubin and his partner, David Clemmer, realized they needed a home base. “We were renovating day in and day out, hopping from room to room,” says Stéphane. “It was really getting to us.” He suggested they rent a trailer. David went whole hog and bought a sleek 1971 Airstream to be their crash pad. At first, Stéphane was skeptical—Airstreams don’t grow on trees—but he soon saw the benefits. To a cottager, a trailer is a ready-made bunkie on wheels, complete with kitchen and bath (without the hassle of rigging up your own plumbing and electricity). Now, with the renos behind them, Stéphane and David’s Airstream is their permanent guest cabin and the most popular spot for their many visitors each summer. “It was one of our best purchases,” says Stéphane. “It’s my favourite place to sit and watch the sun set over the lake.”

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Cottage Life kicks off the season with a Get-Ready Guide! 138 pages of inspiration and advice including our 2017 real estate trend report, timeless advice from seasoned cottager Roy MacGregor, 10 easy DIY jobs anyone can do, a primer on generators, easy tinnie hacks, a hard-working ATV trailer, tips for setting up the kitchen and simple opening up meals, plans for building a deer-proof planter box, and ideas for converting a trailer into a guest bunkie. Plus, the restoration of a 200-year old Cape Breton cottage, and how a couple scored a $59,000 dream cottage.