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Scott McGillivray Makes Memories in a Muskoka Family-Friendly Cottage


Cottages are made to make memories. For siblings, Jeff, Steph, and Katie their family cottage was an endless source of just that. Originally their grandparents’, then their mother’s, this lake house was a place where family could gather and grow together. However, as their families grew in number the cottage began to feel its age. That’s when the siblings called in Scott McGillivray. Together with his team and Debra Salmoni they got to work, turning this rusty cottage into a family-friendly cottage retreat.


See how Scott McGillivray and the Scott’s Vacation House Rules team overhaul this dilapidated dwelling, to give these siblings the family-friendly cottage retreat of their dreams and help them live financially ever after.

Watch new episodes of Scott’s Vacation House Rules Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada, also available on the Global TV App and on STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, fuboTV, Rogers Ignite TV, and Ignite SmartStream.

dated, rundown interior full of wood paneling
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Feeling its Age

The cottage had been in the family for generations. Because of this it was full; full of memories, full of family members, and full of problems. Over the years, moisture had compromised much of the house. It was because of this that Scott had to take much of the property down to the studs, but this was a property that was more than timber and brick, so any amount of work was worth it.

Related: Scott McGillivray Brings Bright Design to the Sunset Grove

Stylish relaxed living space of a family friendly cottage
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Gathering Round

For the siblings, it was not only important that they have room for all their children, but that that they have a comfortable space to bond. To give them just that, Debra wanted to create a fun relaxing space that took full advantage of the water views. By creating spaces with beautiful, relaxed atmospheres, that can be either opened or closed to the rest of the home, she gave them a space to do just that for years to come.

Related: Scott McGillivray Brings the Future to a Modern Bayside Bungalow


Open, inviting exterior of a family friendly cottage
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Running Wild with Design

When you’ve got twelve people in a home, no matter how big, things are bound to get a little cramped. That is, unless you utilize the space outside as well. By revitalizing the deck and exterior of the cottage, Scott gave them room to spill out to. Coupled with the overhauled bunkie for the kids to escape to, they’ll always have room, no matter how big this happy family grows.

Related: Scott McGillivray Breathes Life into a Kawartha Coastal Cabin


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