Cottages are a great place to spend your vacation, but you may find that you are outgrowing yours! If that’s the case, you may be considering a cottage addition to give you that extra space and versatility that you need to make your cottage even more amazing. Here are 10 great cottage addition ideas to get you inspired. If you are planning a cottage addition and are looking for a quality custom builder in the Kawartha Lakes region, contact Conlin Premier Construction today. You can trust Conlin to build you a beautiful addition to give you that extra space that you need.



1. Adding a Mini Lake House

An addition doesn't have to be directly attached to your existing structure. Adding a mini lake house, which is separate but close to your cottage, can give you the extra space that you need when you have invited friends or family to spend time away with you, while giving everyone that extra privacy that you may want.

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A custom bunkie can give you the extra space and privacy that you want at your cottage - Image Source: Conlin Premier Construction

2. Adding a Deck

If your cottage doesn't already have one, now is the perfect time to add on a beautiful deck. A custom built deck will allow you to enjoy more of the great outdoors and it will also give you extra space to relax and entertain. The design featured below from Cedar Designs also incorporates a covered section of deck so you can even sit outside during a soft summer rainfall.

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Enjoy more of the great outdoors on your cottage deck - Image Source: Cedar Designs

3. Adding a Library or Den

One of the great advantages of spending time at your cottage is all of the peace and solitude that you can experience there. What better place to catch up on all of the reading that you want to do. So why not make that most of your reading time by adding on a library or den to your cottage. This great library design comes from Bookbub.com and features uniquely high beamed ceilings and large windows for lots of natural lighting.

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Catch up on your reading at the cottage in this beautiful library - Image Source: Bookbub.com

4. Creating an Outdoor Oasis

A big part of going to your cottage is being able to enjoy the great outdoors. That's why adding on an outdoor oasis is such a great idea. The designs below from Styleestate.com features beautiful patio areas with rustic fireplaces where you can enjoy many cozy summer evenings gathered round an inviting fire.

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Enjoy your summer nights at the cottage around a cozy fire - Image Source: Styleestate.com

5. Extending the Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of any home, even your cottage. Why not give yourself the extra space and style that you crave in your home away from home. A kitchen addition will not only be more convenient but it will also add value to your property. The design below comes from Utah Style and Design and would make a great addition to any rustic cottage.

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An extended, modern kitchen will add value to your cottage property - Image Source: Utah Style and Design

6. Adding a Breakfast Nook

Adding in a breakfast nook is a relatively small addition, but it can make a huge impact. Moving your eating area out of your kitchen means that there is more room for preparing your meals. A nook that is surrounded by windows like the one in this design by My Heart DIY can also bring in lots of extra light and give you the advantage of taking in the beautiful outdoor views as you eat.

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A cozy nook is a great way to enjoy your meals while freeing up extra space in your kitchen - Image Source: My Heart DIY

7. Finishing the Attic

If you are fortunate enough to have an attic in your cottage, why not take advantage of the space and finish it off. It can make a great extra seating area or bedroom as in the design idea below from Unscripted360.

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An attic is a great place for extra sleeping quarters - Image Source: Unscripted360

8. Building a Laundry Room

Your laundry needs to get done even when you are enjoying time off at your cottage. Why not make it a pleasant experience? If you don't already have one, now is the time to add on a laundry room. This awesome example from The Creativity Exchange also has a pet cleaning station to make sure that your furry friends stay clean too while they are visiting the great outdoors.

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Get your laundry and your pet cleaned in the same space - Image Source: The Creativity Exchange

9. Adding a Sunroom

The cottage is the perfect place to take in as much sun as possible. Adding on a custom sunroom will help make that possible. Imagine how amazing it would be to wake up each morning by taking in the splendour of the sunrise from the comfort of your beautifully designed sunroom. The below example constructed by Conlin Premier Construction is a two-storey, fully screened-in, 32ft high sunroom addition that was built with Trex Transcend premium composite decking.

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Enjoy the view from your new sunroom cottage addition - Image Source: Conlin Premier Construction

10. Extending or adding on a Master Bedroom

Cottage bedrooms tend to be a bit on the smaller side. Why not extend or even add on a larger master bedroom to make your stay all the more enjoyable? This beautiful design by Porter Barn Wood features reclaimed tobacco barn grey wood on the feature wall and sliding door.

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Add on a master bedroom with rustic style - Image Source: Porter Barn Wood

Benefits of Building a Cottage in the Kawartha Lakes

If you aren't a cottage owner yet but are wanting to invest in one, you should check out what the Kawartha Lakes region has to offer:

  • Exquisite Scenery: 250 crystal clear lakes and rivers
  • Conveniently Located: Only 90 minutes from Toronto
  • Delicious Food: Famous for its craft beers, ice cream, and butter tart tour
  • Canadian Culture: many indigenous and settler historical sites to visit
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For Custom Cottage Additions and Builds, Trust Conlin Premier Construction

You can trust Conlin Premier Construction to build your perfect custom cottage addition at an affordable price in the Kawartha Lakes region. Conlin is a quality custom builder who takes pride in every home, cottage or addition they construct; If you are looking for a custom project, built exactly to your specifications and with the high quality you want, contact Conlin Premier Construction.


At Conlin, we do all of the work ourselves and we have our own sub-contractors who do the mechanical work. This means that we can be in charge of the quality control on every part of your home's construction, from start to finish. And we make sure that you are with us all through the process. Your complete satisfaction is our ultimate goal and that is why we prioritize excellent communication.

The following video will further explain why Conlin is the best for custom homes in Kawartha Lakes.


If you are looking for a premier builder in the Kawartha Lakes region that you can trust, talk to the professionals at Conlin and then contact us today for a no obligation quote.