How to Build a Cottage

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A cottage is a great way to enjoy some down time and the great outdoors. They're wonderful places to go to get away from the busyness of everyday life. If you're considering a cottage, you have the option to buy one already pre-made. But often if you build a cottage on your own, you'll get exactly the type of building you want. It's a lot of work and requires a lot of planning, but it's usually worth the effort in the long run.

  • Search for a plot of land that meets your needs. You can buy an empty plot or a plot with an old cottage that you can tear down to build your own. Take in the consideration your needs. Is there year-round road access? Is the lot serviced with electricity?

  • Find out information about any zoning restrictions. Some areas have very specific restrictions regarding the construction of new cottages and the septic systems these cottages need.

  • Decide if you want a completely original, customized cottage design or a pre-made cottage plan. For pre-made plans, be sure to shop around to find the one that best meets your needs. If you want a customized plan, get recommendations for designers who have experience with cottages.

  • Look for a contractor to do the building for you. Be sure to get detailed quotes from at least three contractors. If you're doing the actual building yourself, get accurate and detailed quotes from the tradespeople who will do the work that you might not be able to do, like plumbing and electrical.

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