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Breathing room

For $20,000, this designer and builder created her dream cabin, full of natural materials and smart space-saving hacks

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SIDE JOB Cottager Crystal Bueckert opted for corrugated metal siding for her cabin on wheels. “It’s inexpensive, has texture, and lasts forever.”


“If you can build a shed, you can build this,” says architectural technologist Crystal Bueckert, who designed her “Laneshed,” an eight-by-twelve cabin on wheels, to be completely DIY. “The plans tell you what to do.” Though she devised it as a “backyard room,” Crystal saw a grander use for the structure—as a little bunkie to perch on her aunt’s waterfront lot, located in Thickwood Hills, Sask. “My aunt has half the lake to herself, so she likes having me around,” she says. Affordability was key to Crystal’s vision of the Laneshed; the base model costs $10,000. But she spent another $10,000 on a composting toilet, a kitchen, and solar panels, to create a fully self-sufficient escape. “Life here is simple. Especially because there’s no cell reception.”

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Back together! Time to reunite with the cottage and all your favourite people and traditions. The Mar/Apr issue gets you ready to kick off a new season! Try these make-ahead breakfasts that let you feed everyone, no matter when they—or you—get up! Come aboard on a one-of-a-kind travelling dinner party Take a look inside a stylish modern update with a cherished family cottage at heart Ramp up your boat-trailering skills for a perfect put-in Navigate getting permits for removing water weeds Get space-saving tips from a tiny, chic DIY cabin Pack smarter: expert tips for weekend warriors Clean your eavestroughs, protect your projects, and build a fender system for your boat Stock up your workshop with a super-grabby glue and the saw blades you need Build a cool mountain-inspired shelf in a day Plus: Real estate 2019: Don’t miss our guide to vacant land to find out what to know before you buy