Building a cottage

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Posted by: from Barrie
4/5/2012 at 8:37:26 PM

Wow! I can't believe how hard it is getting information from contractors on building a cottage. I have left messages, emails and even text messages. Can anyone steer me in the right direction for building contractors in the area.

As well, I need help as I cannot use an of the shelf blueprint as they are not appropriate for my situation, I cannot locate anyone in that respect either.

Thanks in advance

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time4/5/2012 at 9:14:25 PM

Maybe no one wants the mosquitos to carry them away!!!

A cottage? It honestly should not be that difficult to find a contractor in the area.

Maybe you could get a slab poured and buy a package home (prebuilt) to be put up on the slab.

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Alex in Barrie
Date/Time4/5/2012 at 10:52:50 PM

Thank you Jim, I sent an email.

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Date/Time4/9/2012 at 11:50:30 AM

Hi Alex,

As for the design, many General Contractors that do Design / Build work will be able to accommodate all of your needs or you can retain the services of your own Architect or Architectural Technologist, you can check this site or have a look at their respective organizations on line.

As for foundations, be very careful to look into the Municipality that you are going to be building in. They have very strict rules as to location from water, placement of septic systems and even the type of foundation they will permit. While these sound obvious, I have encountered situations where recent revisions to municipal codes prohibited the replacement of a derilict septic system because of the size and geography of the lot on Lake Scugog. A very specialized system had to be designed to accommodate this situation. In several cases in Muskoka, full foundations were required.

All of this information can be obtained from the Planning and Building Department in the Municipality in which you plan to build.

I encourage you to post it on this system and I am certain Contractors will respond, I will be one of them.

Good luck.


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