A Kawartha Lakes custom cottage is no small investment. You’ll want to make sure it’s done right in order to maximize your experience in one of Ontario’s top getaway destinations. Choosing a builder to make your dream cottage a reality is a major decision! Conlin Premier Construction strives for and delivers perfection for every new project we work on. Trust us with your Kawartha Lakes custom cottage - contact us today.

Your Kawartha Lakes custom cottage builder will walk you through every step, from the initial planning process all the way to your final walk through and beyond. The ultimate goal is to ensure the entire process is stress-free, fun, and rewarding from start to finish so that you can enjoy your custom built space in one of Ontario’s premier cottage destinations, located less than 150 kilometers from downtown Toronto!

Here’s a look at the Kawartha Lakes custom cottage building process in five steps.

Initial Assessment

The first step is to meet with you and come up with an overall project assessment. The main purpose of the initial assessment is to gain a very clear understanding of what exactly you are looking for in your custom cottage as well as the major features that are most important to you.

In order to provide you with the most accurate estimate possible, you should provide as much of the following information as possible:

  • Designer drawings
  • Want list (the must-have features)
  • Wish list (the nice-to-have features)
  • Exterior and Interior Finishes (if you already have these in mind)
  • Whether you own or are searching for a plot
  • Whether the structure you are building is going to be municipal or rural
  • Anticipated project budget

All of the above will help to develop a realistic timeline for the project.

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Dream big, but have realistic expectations for your Kawartha Lakes custom cottage.

Design and blueprints

Once you are comfortable with the budget and the overall process, you will move onto the design and blueprint stage.

A Kawartha Lakes custom cottage builder will work with you to create a layout of your new vacation spot, meeting your exact specifications while consulting with experienced architects to put together blueprints.

Here you’ll discuss everything from materials, colors and features. Conlin Premier Construction wants to make sure that your home is built to your exact specifications, right down to the very last drop of paint!

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We will help you create the layout that works best for you

Permits and applications

As mentioned above, it’s important not only to secure land on which to build, but also the necessary permits. A Kawartha Lakes custom cottage builder will work with you to obtain all of the necessary paperwork, as well as to arrange for all required inspections to be completed throughout the building process. Your specifications are important, but must also be compliant.

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We will help make sure your custom cottage is up to code.


This phase begins by preparing the site of your new cottage for proper drainage, followed by excavation, and finally the actual building of your cottage.

Throughout the entire construction process, your builder should have an open line of communication with you so you are aware of what is going on every step of the way.

If you are able, visit the site at the end of each stage of construction, and walk the rooms. Preferably do this with the builder, so any questions can be immediately addressed. Along the way, you will need to make decisions on finishes - bathtubs, sinks, plumbing and lighting fixtures, appliances, cabinetry, flooring, paint, railings, fireplaces, roofing colour, and siding.

While it seems like a lot, if you are disciplined and keep to the schedule provided by the builder, you will be fine!

When the construction process is complete, quality control procedures will commence, leading to a final walk through of your new cottage.

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We believe in open communication throughout the construction process


With Conlin Premier Construction, you’ll get peace of mind knowing that your new cottage is backed up by a Tarion New Home Warranty.

Additionally, our team will be here to provide you with personalized service in the rare case that any issues arise with the high-quality, efficient materials used to build the cottage.

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We work with many organizations to provide the highest quality builds.

Need a Kawartha Lakes Custom Cottage Builder? Trust Conlin Premier Construction!

Conlin Premier Construction is a quality custom cottage builder who takes pride in every home they construct; you can trust Conlin to build your perfect custom home at an affordable price.

If you are looking for a high-quality custom cottage built exactly to your specifications, contact Conlin Premier Construction. We do all of the work ourselves and we have our own sub-contractors who do the mechanical work. That means that we can be in charge of the quality control on every part of your cottage’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.

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