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Dockside – Home & Cottage

It’s one of the most common design challenges for cottage owners, and one of the easiest to get wrong: how to build a place that will serve as a family cottage now and a retirement home in a few years. “It’s a really tough transition for a lot of people,” says Selena McConnell, a lead designer with Royal Homes.

“Some people build large homes so there’s a lot of room for the kids when they come back to visit. However, they can end up taking on all kinds of debt for a space that only gets used when the kids come back for the holidays.”

It’s not just about the amount of space: a great design takes into account the way different families will use the home.

“For the parents, the house is a retirement home. It’s where they live all the time,” Selena explains. “But for the kids, the new house will always be the cottage.”

I really liked the fact that after I had made my choices, everything went smoothly. The building process was hassle-free. I did not have to worry about delays, weather or missing pieces.Mai-Liis