Cottage & Lakefront Living Show Opens Thursday in Novi

Prepare for summer with design and renovation tips from the HGTV’s “Boise Boys,” walk through a full-size cabin or put your toes in the sand at The Beach during the 12th annual Cottage & Lakefront Living Show opening Thur., Feb. 28 and running through Sun., March 3 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
“Live life from the lakefront. It all starts at our preseason show,” said Dawn Baker, show manager of ShowSpan, Inc. “We have the ideas and exhibits whether you are looking to buy, build, rent or maintain your vacation property or just want to find out how to make this summer memorable for your family.”
Luke Caldwell and Clint Robertson, hosts of HGTV’s “Boise Boys” house flipping series, will reveal cabin and cottage design advice and renovation tips along with highlights of their inventive home transformations from their company, Timber And Love, and reality TV show (Thurs. and Fri.).
Children of all ages are invited to put their toes in the sand and build a sand castle at The Beach, the show’s giant sandbox. Showgoers can choose the entry that best captures cottage and lakefront living at the Water & Woods Photo Contest Display. Attendees can list their vacation property or look for availability on the “For Sale or Rent Board.” Families can locate and mark where their vacation home is located on an oversized Michigan map and learn how to set up a cottage family succession plan at the Cottage Living Seminars Stage.
Michigan artists featured in the Cottage Art Show will present metal art, rustic furniture and home furnishings, jewelry and cottage décor for sale. Decorative accessories, gourmet foods, handcrafted items and Michigan-themed merchandise will be available for purchase at the Lakefront Marketplace.
DreamCatcher BoatWorks of Grand Rapids will demonstrate handcrafted building techniques on a kayak and display a custom-built double paddle canoe, kayak and classic cruiser long-styled skateboards. Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of historic boats, will have restored boats on exhibit.
Exhibits with displays, information and educational materials include lakefront cottage and homebuilders, new construction log, timber frame and cedar homes, realtors, vacation property for sale or rent, rustic and fine furnishings and decor, shoreline and cottage landscaping, lakeshore maintenance, docks, decking systems, seawalls, outdoor recreational equipment, stand-up paddleboards, financing, along with many other products and services.
Experts throughout the show will share tips, advice and knowledge on purchasing, renting, planning and maintaining spring, summer and year-round vacation and lakefront homes.
Landscaping ideas and tips for cabin, cottage and lakefront landscapes are incorporated into displays that include outdoor living spaces, fireplaces, cooking options, patios, decks and garden products. Entry level to luxury pontoon boats, fishing boats, family sport boats, jet skis, kayaks, wakeboards and runabouts will all be on display.
“Plan for summer now and find out about replacing a dock or seawall, add unique cottage and outdoor furniture or see the latest in water toys,” said Baker.
Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. between Novi and Beck Road in Novi, Mich. Show hours are from 1 – 9 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12; $5 for children 6-14 and children 5 and under admitted free. Online tickets for Thurs. and Fri. are $10. Free crossover admission from the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show to Outdoorama. On-site parking is available for a fee. For more information, visit, or call (800) 328-6550.