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The reclaim game

Pull off a dirt-cheap dream reno with salvaged décor


Camp Wandawega’s Tereasa Surratt has a firm decor rule: “It doesn’t cross the threshold if it’s newer than 1960.”

When Tereasa Surratt agreed to buy and renovate her husband’s childhood summer camp, she did so reluctantly. By 2003, it had been neglected for 20 years, and its vibes were pretty Blair Witch-y. If they were going to revive the lodge and 10 outbuildings back into working order, they would have to do it on the cheap. “Our first filter for building and renovating is: what’s affordable?” she says. The resulting renovation is proof that good design can be done on a budget. Today, Camp Wandawega is a magical camp-style resort for kids and adults alike, two hours from Tereasa’s home in Chicago. Yes, loyal readers, we’ve broken our rule of covering only Canadian cottages. But the style secrets here are so good, we couldn’t resist sharing them.

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Cottage Life’s Summer issue gets you ready to Jump in the Lake! We’ve got 21 ways for you to have fun on the water, featuring new gear, games, and expert tips for young and old, plus meet some cottagers who take their waterskiing to the next level—pyramids included! We also talked to the experts about how to choose the right dock for your cottage, and we found out what you can learn from this year’s floods (and how to protect your cabin for next time). Up your workshop game with easy, genius putterer’s hacks, and make a secret outdoor storage project. And, when the days get smokin’ hot, use our no-cook recipes to keep your cool. This issue has everything you need for a refreshing, inspired summer at the lake.
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