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Permit prep, oil option & fridge frost

Cottage Q&A

SUNNY ECKERLE

GETTING THE OKAY FOR EARTHSHIPS

Why wouldn’t a municipality grant permits to build an earthship?—ASHER TRACE, VIA EMAIL In most cases, the design of earthship-like buildings—with tire walls and no concrete foundation—means they fall outside the part of the building code that deals with small residential buildings.

This doesn’t mean you can’t get a permit to build one. “There are lots of buildings that fall outside this part of the code—hospitals, schools—and those things are built all the time,” says Mark Fleischhaker, a structural engineer based in B.C. But it does mean that you’ll need to equip yourself with the right professional services. As soon as you want to build something unconventional, “you better have professionals to back you up,” says Fleischhaker. “You need their stamps on the drawings.” You’ll require, at the very least, input from a structural engineer, but you might also need help from a mechanical or an electrical engineer, depending on the features you plan to include in the structure.

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Love is in the air—and in the pages of the Early Summer issue of Cottage Life. Our readers’ sweetest (and silliest) romance stories from the lake Inspiring design ideas from three cozy little love shacks Tips for getting along with your neighbours The inside scoop on the (surprisingly frisky!) cottage critter dating scene Our essential guide to keeping the cottage in the family An easy, casual tostada feast to feed all your loved ones—even the ones with dietary restrictions Summer projects to show your love: a bee box for troubled pollinators, a nature-inspired centrepiece for a cottage wedding, and a dock staircase that’s good for Grandpa, kids, and pets The inspiring story of a cottager who, at 22, brought the struggling lakeside store of her childhood back to life Intel on the new tribunal that’s replacing the OMB and how cottagers can help steer their lake’s development Pick up the Early Summer 2018 of issue of Cottage Life for tips and ideas to make this your best season yet.