With more than 300 lakes in and around Sudbury, waterfront living or “camping” has long been part of the local summer lexicon.
Sudbury’s first doctor, William Howey, and his wife, Florence, built a camp on Ramsey Lake just a few years after they arrived in the city in 1883. Their log cabin is still standing 100 years later on a property in the university area.
But gone are the days when a rustic camp seemed luxurious if it had plumbing or electricity.
In fact, times have changed so much that upscale cottaging has become the new trend. Four-star living with all the modern amenities is now available for the Sudbury urbanite looking to escape the busy city for peace and quiet but who isn’t ready to go completely “unplugged.”
Jack Lampi, mill manager at Evans Home Building Centre, knows there is a very specific upscale cottage market, and his crew at Evans can help families to build their dream summer homes.
Evans offers more than 100 different floor plans for contemporary cottages.
(The plans shown above are for the 1,700 square foot Taylor Creek II design.)
Consultants can help to plan projects, explain options and product choices, supply complete material package pricing, and offer various financial optons.
Customers still pick out colours, design, fixtures and just about every aspect they would with a new home.
“There is definitely a new type of cottage being built in Northern Ontario these days,” said Lampi.
“And we have done our best to meet those needs, as well as make sure the local economy still stands to benefit.”
The cottages are built using local lumber and employ local labourers. This local aspect is one that Evans Home Building Centre prides itself on.
“We make a point of keeping the resources local and that helps keep every aspect of this purchase in the local economy,” explained Lampi.
“As well, we guarantee fixed prices for the building season. So no matter what happens, be it a shortage of labour, wood or materials, the quote you get is the price you pay.”