Owning a cottage can simplify your life. When the lazy days of summer are over, you can get away from it all and recharge your batteries. The likelihood is that you’re enjoying what the fall has to offer and you’re not thinking about winter. No matter if you’ll not spend time at your tiny house, you have to prepare for the changing seasons. As stated by experts like Gni.ca, in most climates this isn’t necessary. However, in Canada winterizing your cottage isn’t an option due to extreme weather. Preparing your cottage for the winter will allow you to use it during the cold months. It’ll also help you avoid unpleasant surprises. Winterizing includes procedures like upgrading the water system, adding insulation, or securing windows and doors. Simply put, a complete conversion is required. It’s also unavoidable. When it comes to preparing the tiny house for winter, remember the following tips.
Add thermal insulation
If you want to be able to survive a weekend at the cottage, add insulation. Cottages have little or no insulation, not allowing you to enjoy a warm setting. Even if you’ll not live there in the winter, it’s still necessary to make the cabin energy-efficient. Thermal insulation acts like a barrier against cold during cold winter months and prevents the hot air from penetrating your tiny house in the summer. Your cabin will thus be usable more months out of the year. Installing insulation will reduce your heating costs. You can enhance energy efficiency in your cabin with one of the following insulators: attic insulation, blow-in insulation, cellulose insulation, spray foam. To avoid moisture buildup and structural damage, eliminate the existing wall and add spray foam. Spray foam is superior to other types of insulation because it has a higher R-value and it is affordable.
Upgrade the electrical wiring
The pressure on the electrical system increases when a recreational property transforms into one for year-round use. Just think about all the different things that use electricity. There are water pumps, heaters, lights, boatlifts and electrical appliances. If you have an outdated 60 amp electrical system, upgrade it to 100-200 amps. Everything from outlets to lighting fixtures needs to be redone. This kind of undertaking requires the expertise of licensed electricians. Specialists are able to modernize your cottage’s electrical wiring, making it like new. While upgrading the electrical system from 60 amps to 100 or 200 amps is expensive, it’s worthwhile because you’ll avoid dangers. When you know your tiny house is safe and warm, you’ll enjoy it more.
Replace the windows
Closing up the recreational property is an important task. Upgrade the framework to prevent heat loss. Most heat is lost through windows the existing ones may not have a tight seal around the framework. Replacing all of your windows with double-paned ones is just another form of insulating. Your tiny house will be warmer for the winter and, as an added bonus, cooler in the summer. Double-glazed windows will also give your recreational property a traditional style look.
Consider plumbing renovation
Plumbing creates many problems, especially during cold winter months. Frozen water pipes burst and cause damage. This means you’ll not be able to count on your water supply. Burst pipes in the winter are not uncommon in Canada, so even though you think the piping is built to withstand winter freezing, it may not be. If you’re using electrical appliances like a dishwasher or you have an indoor hot tub, ensure the plumbing can accommodate your needs. If you can afford it, have the entire septic system renovated. If not, at least make sure that the plumbing is protected. Turn off the water, drain the supply from the pipes and add anti-freeze.
Don’t forget about heating options
If you’re planning to spend a lot of time at the cottage during the winter, focus on temperature control. Sometimes, an electrical system or a woodstove aren’t enough to keep you warm. Life can get bitterly cold and you’ll not be able to rely on your heating system. Invest in a system that heats your cottage during the cold winter months and keeps your toes from freezing. Better yet, install a furnace and ducts throughout the cottage to deliver warm air. If you don’t have a furnace on site, have a specialist install one.
Invest in storage solutions
Space is a big problem for cabin owners, particularly when family or friends are coming over. If you’re dealing with space restrictions, invest in storage solutions. A good idea is to have shelves. They’re pretty and provide room for your things. You can also get a bench. You can use the storage bench for magazines, newspapers, books and games. Get your family to contribute too.