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Holidays at the Cottage: Check Out These Thanksgiving Recipes

Gilbert + Burke is a PKHBA Housing Design Award Finalist

Insider’s Guide to Georgian Bay’s Best Hidden Gems

What You Need to Know about Net-Zero Homes in Ontario

The Best Ontario Passive House Builder

Build a Luxury Cottage in Muskoka

The Best Hiking Trails in Parry Sound

Summertime in Simcoe County

The Cost to Build a Boathouse

Insider’s Guide to Parry Sound’s Best Hidden Gems

Remodeling Costs in 2021: What You Need to Know

The Best Golf Courses in the Kawartha Lakes

5 Tips to Get Your Cottage Summer Ready

Springtime Recipes at the Cottage

Cost to Build a Cottage in Ontario: Everything You Need to Know

How Much a Basement Renovation Really Costs

7 Must-Knows for Your Bathroom Remodel

Fan Favourite: Gilbert + Burke Is 2021 Readers Choice Award Recipient

Our Favourite Hiking Trails in Kawartha Lakes

Home Building in Simcoe County: What You Need to Know

How to Select a Builder in Kawartha Lakes

How to Renovate a Basement: 10 Things to Know

Our Feature in Cayman Marshall International Luxury & Lifestyle Magazin

Your Next Project: Home Renovation Ideas (& Mistakes to Avoid)

5 Things to Know About Building in Southern Georgian Bay

North America Business Awards 2020: Best Cottage-Design Build Firm

Everything You Need to Know About Your Custom Home Build Timeline

Kitchen Remodeling: Planning & Ideas

5 Expert Tips to Plan the Ultimate Home Renovation

Choosing a Design-Build Firm in Muskoka

Building a Custom Home

Timeline: Building a Custom House

Everything to Know About Demolishing a House

Our Spotlight in Business View Magazine

Spending Christmas at the Cottage

The Projects That Made Us: Mission Impossible

The Projects That Made Us: Bock Project

The Ultimate Addition: A Wine Cellar

The People Who Have Made Us: Tim Faller, of Field Training Services

The Mini-Handbook to Home Office Design

The Projects That Made Us: Contemporary Rustic on Muskoka Lake

PRESS RELEASE: Gilbert + Burke Wins Builder of the Year

The People Who Have Made Us: Tim Rooney

Exploring Kawartha Lakes: Fall Colours

The Projects That Made Us: 1867 Fieldstone Manse Revitalization

Our Tips for Home Renovations That Actually Pay Off

The Best Fall Spots in Muskoka

Our Favourite Fall Decor Ideas

The Projects That Made Us: 1970’s Home & Pool Reno

The True Cost of a Kitchen Renovation

The Best Biking Trails in Southern Georgian Bay

The Best Beaches in Southern Georgian Bay

Our Favorite Hiking Trails in Muskoka

The People Who Have Made Us: The pb+j Team

Building a Home in Ontario

The Milestones That Made Us: Significant Challenges Along the Way

Fun Things to Do in Kawartha Lakes

Our Favourite Beaches on Lake Simcoe

New Home Design Trends in 2020

The Projects That Made Us: Bertuzzi Accessible Reno

The Best Golf Courses in Parry Sound

Your Guide to Working from Home at the Cottage

The Milestones That Made Us: Tech That Changed Everything

The People Who Have Made Us: The Gilbert + Burke Team

8 Reasons to Consider Going Design-Build

7 Ideas to Spruce Up Your Outdoors

The Projects That Made Us: Contemporary Boathouse + Luckey Lane Cottage

5 Things to Staying Safe and Inspired at Home

The Milestones That Made Us: Notable Media Attention

The Projects That Made Us: Price Cottage

An Insider's Guide to Fishing in Muskoka

Transitioning to New Environments

Stay Safe and Productive During COVID-19

The People Who Have Made Us: Brian, Randy, and Cathy

2019 Report: Home Renovation Trends by the Numbers

The Projects That Made Us: Georgian Bay

Building a Home: Start to Finish Series Part 6: Post-Construction

The Milestones That Made Us: Key Events That Stand Out

The Projects That Made Us: Moorelands Camp

Building a Home: Start to Finish Series Part 5: Build - Finishing Touches

20 Stories for 20 Years

Building a Home: Start to Finish Series Part 4: Build - Foundations

The Best Winter Activities in Muskoka

Talking Transparency: The Cost of Building a Simcoe, Parry Sound or Southern Georgian Bay House

Gilbert + Burke Supports the 2019 Dream Ball

Building a Home: Start to Finish Series - Part 3: Design & Pre-Construction

Building a Home: Start to Finish Series - Part 2: The Discovery

Building a Home: Start to Finish, Cottage by the Lake

Ideas for Renovating your Home's Exterior

How to Decorate Your Home for Fall

To Build or Buy? The Good and the Bad

Featured in Style at Home Canada April 2019 Issue

Featured in Hideaways Magazine Muskoka 2019

Insider’s Guide to the Kawarthas

How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Gilbert + Burke Provides Professional Interior Design Services

The Perks of Going Passive House

4 Ways to Get Ready to Enjoy Spring at the Cottage

Gilbert + Burke wins 4 awards at the PKHBA Housing Design Awards Gala

Get To Know Gilbert + Burke: A Conversation with Peter Groza

Trends for Construction in 2019

Building a Custom Home? Here are 6 Common Mistakes and Pitfalls to Avoid

Gilbert + Burke wins "Excellence in Outdoor Living Space" award at SCHBA Awards of Creative Excellence

6 Red Flags to Look For When Selecting Your Home Renovation Contractor

Cozy Winter Recipes for Your Cottage Guests

Taking the Steps Now to Enjoy Your Summer at the Lake

3 Home Improvement Trends That Were Everywhere in 2018

2018's Hottest Home Improvement Trends

Get To Know Gilbert + Burke: A Conversation with Brian Gilbert

How To Make Your Summer Cottage Renovation Dreams A Reality

6 Best Muskoka Day Trips

6 Reasons The Cost to Build a Custom Home is More Than You Think (But Is Worth It!)

Screened-In Porches: How to Build the ‘Muskoka Room’ of Your Dreams

Home Improvement Trends: Patios & Pergolas

Home Renovation Apps: A Professional's Review

A Beautiful Lake Rosseau Boathouse: How We Built It

The Vintage Cottage Rebuild vs Remodel Quiz

5 Summer Real Estate Trends You Should Know About

Home Improvement Trends: Small Bathroom Renovation Ideas

Home Improvement Trends: Mudrooms

Easy Summer Recipes for Your Cottage Guests

Custom Home Build Timeline Planner

Get to know Gilbert + Burke:  A Conversation with Cathy Burke

Designing a Custom Home? Start With Your Goals.

Is it Time for Kitchen Renovations?

The 8 Most Common Custom Home Delays

Need A Muskoka Contractor? How To Find The Perfect Fit For Your Southern Ontario Cottage.

Thinking Of Building A New Home? Let's Discuss Foundations.

Should You Join Gilbert + Burke At The First 4-day Spring Cottage Life Show?

The National Home Show - 5 Reasons to Visit Gilbert & Burke

The Essential Pantry Items For All Southern Ontario Cottagers

10 Professional Tips To Consider When Renovating Your Canadian Bathroom

2017 Report: Canadian Home Renovation Trends By The Numbers

New Home Construction: Timeline To Build a Cottage

Home Improvement Trends: Decks and Docks

How To Get The Chic Lake Rosseau Cottage Style On Any Lake

Why 2018 Is A Perfect Year To Build Your Custom Home In Ontario Cottage Country

5 Simple Home Improvements That Can Increase Your Home ROI Significantly

What It Really Means To Be RenoMark™-Certified

The "Entertainer's Delight," the Ultimate Holiday Hosting Home

3 Simple Must-Try Holiday Recipes for Canadian Cottagers

The Complete Checklist for Designing Your New Kitchen

Talking Transparently About the Cost to Build a Muskoka, Haliburton, or Kawarthas House

Seriously, Should YOU Love It, Or List It?

How to Choose Your Luxury Home Builder

Home Improvement Trends: Bathrooms

3 Reasons You Should Invite Your Home Builder Into an Open House

Home Builder Horror Stories (And How to Avoid Them)

Three Things to Know for the Fall Cottage Life Show

Home Improvement Trends: Master Bedroom

Why We Love to Be Southern Ontario Custom Home Builders

How to Know If You Should Build a Custom Home or Invest in a Subdivision

Construction Company Considerations for The Kawarthas, Haliburton, and Muskoka

Home Improvement Trends: The Kitchen

Requirements for Muskoka Cottage Maintenance

Making Your Cottage Accessible

Spotlight on Annual Events in Cottage Country

Your Muskoka Cottage: 8 Ways to Increase its Value

How to Turn Your Cottage into Your Forever Home

Building the Crew

Tips to be the Best Muskoka Cottage Host

The Homeowner’s Dilemma: Rebuild, Remodel, or Rest Easy? [Quiz]

Looks We Love - Beautiful Muskoka Cottages

Emerging Trends in Building

Up and Comers: Lakes to watch for building a home in Ontario

Things you might not have considered when making your home renovation budget

How to stay cool in a heatwave

Get to know us: A conversation with Andrew Quinn

To DIY or not to DIY?

From finding frogs to building fires, these are our favourite cottage memories

How to get away from cottage getaways

The 5 best golf courses in Muskoka

The best cottage-ready recipes

Value vs Cost: What are you really paying for?

Building Communities

Community News: Visit us at the Spring Cottage Life Show

5 easy ways to stay safe at the cottage this summer

What is “visitability” and how do you use it?

Get to know your bylaws

A letter to home dreamers

What does cost per square foot include, and leave out?

Home design that works hand-in-hand with building codes

Assessing the risk of choosing a "local builder".

How seasonality affects your new home build

Fall Cottage Life Show is on. Come say hello!

The complete guide to planning, designing and building a custom home

Building a dream for your new home: finding the right materials

Building a dream for your new home: budget matters

Building a dream for your new construction home: building codes and permits

Building a dream for your new home: One-of-a-kind design

Building a dream for your new home: Location, Location, Location

Building your dream house: choosing the right partner

Building your Dream Home: Defining the vision

Summer homeowner tips: how to keep your home cool

Your dream cottage remodel: Choose your path wisely

Your guide to vintage cottage remodelling

The challenge of making an old cottage new again

Why is a cottage renovation different from a home project?

The Cottagers New Build or Remodel Checklist

A cottage owners dilemma: to build or to remodel?

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