Three Steps to Building Your Dream Cottage

Have you always dreamed of building a cozy cottage in the heart of Frontenac County? Building a cottage is a dream for many people who seek a peaceful and secluded getaway.

But where do you start, and how do you ensure the process runs smoothly? In this article, we will explore the three main steps to building a cottage. With the right planning and execution, you will soon be living in your dream cottage amidst nature's tranquility.


Step 1: Planning and Designing

The first step to building a cottage is planning and designing. Start by researching the zoning for your particular lot (or book a zoning consult with our office here), and then you can start exploring different cottage designs and styles that match your tastes and preferences, and meet the setback requirements of your lot.

We suggest viewing our predesigned plans, including #21-0041! Once you’ve chosen a plan, purchase online, and receive plans via email within two weeks.

Before we finalize your plans, consider the construction materials. Depending on your location in Ontario, building a cottage may require a different set of materials than building a traditional home. You want to choose materials that are sustainable, durable, and suitable for the natural environment.


Step 2: Pre-Construction

At this time, you may have to evaluate the site and prepare it for the construction stage. Construction crews may need access to the site, to excavate and grade the land.

At this point all amenities, including, but not limited to, drainage systems, electrical and water lines, and a septic system will be installed. Proper planning of pre-construction activities will ensure that you are better prepared and that the construction stage progresses as smoothly.


Step 3: Construction

The construction stage is where you'll see your cottage beginning to take shape! Your trusted team of contractors will construct the foundation, walls, and roof, as well as handle any interior construction such as plumbing and wiring.

During this phase, you'll need to prioritize communication with the construction crew to ensure that their work meets your expectations. Also, be prepared for any delays or obstacles that may arise during construction, as it's a common occurrence in most construction projects!


Building a cottage is an intense process that requires proper planning, execution, and investment. You'll need to set aside time and be patient throughout the process. It may also be a good idea to hire a professional contractor to oversee the project.

In the end, the payoff will be worth the effort, and you'll have a beautiful, functional, and cozy cottage in the heart of the countryside.

View all our predesigned plans here.