A blog about all things rural and agritourism related

A Guide On How To Treat Outdoor Timber

Looking for tips on how to treat outdoor timber? This guide covers everything you need to know to keep your wooden surfaces and structures looking great and protected from the elements. From cleaning and sealing to staining and painting, this guide has got you covered.


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A Quick Escape to Nature: Farmstay Resorts

Why is your farm stay a mini resort?! You’ve probably never thought about your farm stay as a resort, but to many people, it is. So, it’s essential to treat it that way, and there are a few criteria you should consider when you plan it. Tourism spending around the world is shifting from spending in […]


Are Triple Pane Windows Worth it?

In this video, I show you practically how the triple pane windows are performing in my “pretty good house” (near passive). Using simple visual (but perhaps not completely accurate) tools, I can not only tell you numbers but show you some of the differences.


A Complete Guide to Site Plan Approval

What is Site Plan Control, and how to navigate your agritourism project through it smoothly? Master planning an on-farm winery with a restaurant. Co-credit South2010 architects. You may have heard your municipality mention Site Plan Approval when you go to them with a building permit or agritourism request. And you are probably wondering what the […]


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Understanding The OMAFRA Guidelines For Your On-farm Diversified Uses

What are the OMAFRA guidelines for On-farm Diversified uses?  The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) created the “Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario’s Prime Agricultural Areas” to assist municipalities in what OMAFRA feels protects “prime farmland” while providing opportunities for different income streams for farmers. It’s important to remember that it […]


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Transform Your Barn Into a Dream Home: Expert Tips and Inspiration

Discover the art of converting a barn into your dream home. Some practical tips for transforming a barn into a functional living space


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Barn Frame Fundamentals: A Comprehensive Overview of Its Parts

Discover the essential components of a barn frame in our insightful blog. Explore beams, braces, and rafters. Step away with a deeper understanding of barn construction and the most common barn frame styles found in Ontario. BARN FRAME COMPONENTS Click play on the video and see a walk through the barn components in a 3-D […]


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Unveiling Barn Conversion Costs: What You Need to Know

“How much will my barn conversion cost?” is the most common question we get, and the answer is it depends! In this blog, we explain the SIX factors that will impact your barn conversation budget. For those who like videos over blogs, we highly recommend you check out our video on barn conversion myths to […]


3 Basic And Important Questions To Get Right At Your Agritourism Destination 

Master Planning farm market and pick your own play farm One of our clients has a really good motto for covering the main bases for your agritourism operation. Beyond “what are they going to do?” you need to be able to handle these other questions if you want to keep people at your property. And […]


You can now have Second Dwellings on your farm property… 

Second dwellings are being encouraged by the Provincial government on all properties in Ontario to help with the housing crisis. This means farm properties, too, but with some caveats. The provincial planning act tries to help by encouraging all municipalities to allow second dwellings on all their property zones and types with fewer restrictions. In […]