A cottage or cabin isn’t just a weekend getaway; it’s an investment. As such, improving its value over time will increase your return on investment should you ever sell or, at the very least, make your visits more enjoyable if you don’t.
If you have a modern log cabin building, you likely aren’t too worried about upgrades. However, even the newest of cottages can use improvements to make your weekend escape a private paradise.
Here are five upgrades to increase the value of your cottage.
Add a Deck
Even the most modern of prefab log cabins rarely come with a deck attached. You can take your weekend getaway to the next level by adding a deck.
Not only does a deck give you a place to enjoy your morning coffee while listening to the sounds of nature, it drastically improves the value of your cottage overall.
Decks don’t have to be a significant undertaking with multiple tiers and made out of expensive wood. You can add a nicely styled ground-level rock pad with a banister or take a DIY approach using recycled pallets.
Whatever you choose to do, ensure it meets safety standards and is well-built.
Update the Plumbing
If you buy a cottage that was built some time ago, it may not have the best options for indoor plumbing, if it has indoor plumbing at all.
Upgrading a toilet and shower can do wonders for one of the more modern cottages or cabins while adding indoor plumbing can take your experience to a whole new level if you’ve gone without thus far.
If your cottage or cabin has a septic tank, consider getting it checked out and pumped. You can even have this as one of the terms of sale if you’re buying from another owner.
If you plan on spending a lot of time at your cabin or inviting other people, these upgrades can make all the difference.
Adding insulation not only helps you extend your getaway season, but it also makes the summer heat more bearable. Rather than sweating during the hot and humid dog days of summer, having a properly insulated cabin will help you keep the cool air in and the hot air out.
It’s worth noting that if you have a traditional log cabin, whether it’s prefabricated or built from scratch, it will act as a natural insulator if it’s well made and sealed.
If you’ve purchased an older log cabin, consult with an expert to see if there are any updates you can make to improve the seals and ensure the cabin is well insulated.
It may sound ridiculous, but doing a little landscaping work around your cottage or cabin can dramatically enhance the value and your experience while visiting.
Removing old bushes and brambles, as well as fallen wood and dead trees can create more room for the living natural elements to flourish. Planting a simple garden of wildflowers in front of your space can create a fairytale-like atmosphere of magic and whimsy.
Look around and think about what you can do to enhance the natural beauty of your land.
If you have small trees blocking what could be an incredible view, remove them or relocate them elsewhere. If you have a pathway down to the lake, use stones from the area to outline it. Keep it simple, yet elegant.
Add a Dock
If your cottage is on the water, adding a dock can greatly improve the value of your land if you choose to sell in the future.
It also makes it easier to enjoy the natural elements of the surrounding area, creating a convenient space from which you can go boating, fishing, or splash and play in the water.
Docks are a costly investment, but often worthwhile.
Improving the value of your cottage or cabin will have a correlating impact on your return on investment should you choose to sell. If you decide to keep your retreat to hand down to your children, the future generations of your family will enjoy the updates as well.