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Bunkie Bonanza


After weeks of basement renovations, it feels good to venture outside and reveal our bunkie.  Guided by our rental agent, we added two sleep zones (retreats with six bedrooms are like hens toes, apparently) and a little more living space to optimize potential yield.

Smitten by the way the main cottage was developing, we opted to create a Plan B ‘Mini Me’, a smaller version, if you will, complete with wedge shaped ceiling lines and complimentary external lines.  But first we needed someone to action our plan.

Having engaged Discovery Dream Homes ( to erect our sunroom, we knew they’d be perfect.  Without further ado, Nicole Sokol and Shawn Hunter were summonsed to appraise the opportunity.  Both were hugely ambitious as they sketched preliminary ideas and, before long, we were up and running.

Measuring 450 square feet, the structure took several weeks to build but Shawn and Nicole didn’t miss a beat as they took care of quantity surveying, lumber ordering and planning.  To meet deadlines, they subcontracted Mason Brothers Construction ( the same firm who worked on the aforementioned sun room.  But then Mother Nature stepped in…

bunkieFighting some of the worst Haliburton weather we’ve ever experienced (flooding of almost biblical proportions, hail storms in September and snow flurries in October), the operation continued, nonetheless, as Dave Mason and his contracting archangels steadfastly refused to be beaten.

Appraising the schedule, it seems incredible they finished, especially given that they had to wait for us to decide upon (and then order) landscaping materials to wrap around the bunkie.  Ah, decisions, decisions!  When we visited Bestway Stone ( to select pavers, we only had one problem: which to choose.  Aye, their range is amongst the best we’ve ever witnessed.

Guided by company director Jason Vettese, we settled upon this beautiful grey slab which, arranged in various sizes, sets a regimented grid like pattern as it circumnavigates Plan B’s side elevation to reach the front of the bunkie and indeed under the carport.

Jason recommended we work with Giles Bridgnell of York Durham Interlocking ( and, even though he and his partner Lorissa were about to have a baby, he committed to the job and worked exhaustively until our project was complete.  Every paver was expertly laid onto a sand base and balanced with a spirit level to guarantee a sure-footed, flat surface.  Daddy, you’ll be glad to hear, (assisted by Jason from Bestway) finished the job in time to make it back to Toronto before the birth of his baby, a beautiful wee girl named Lillian.  We’d like to congratulate the entire family!

Next up, our bunkie’s exterior: finished in satin ebony and shots of honey wood.  Connectivity – to the main house – was paramount and because Plan B’s siding is black, it bunkiewas a no brainer.  What’s more, it marries perfectly with the jet toned metal roofing membrane which tops both structures.

Indoors, we devoted 50% of space to living accommodation and furnished with a mix of grey upholstery, wooden chairs and a black rocker detailed with a large chevron toss pillow.  Flooring throughout is by Kentwood (available at installed by Taylor Carpet One, Huntsville.  To amplify function, we tricked out an Ikea kitchen cabinet (wrapped in worktop) and this serves as a useful station for a Nespresso coffee machine and associated hot drinks paraphernalia.

Next to the coffee bay is a petite shower room, but you’ll have to wait until Cabin Pressure airs to see that space.  We can’t show you everything pre broadcast! Same goes for the red check double bedroom that lies adjacent to the twin room showcased here.  And on that subject – what d’you make of our wall mounted ‘stag head’ installations?  Look closer and you’ll see they’re actually bicycle seats and handlebars, picked up for a few bucks apiece in the local thrift store.  Hey, decorative necessity: the mother of invention…

Next week we’re heading back into the main cottage (for our penultimate Season 3 reveal) to turn flat pack cabinetry into a modern rustic cook zone.  We call it our ‘Ikea kitchen in drag’.  See the results of our ‘C&J make up master class’ in these very pages, next Friday.  Exciting, huh?

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