5 ways to heat your workshop during the winter
This weekend, brothers Andrew and Kevin set their sights on building the Ultimate Outdoor Mobile Kitchen, a cookout station on wheels that they can tow along on their cottage adventures with everything needed to create the perfect surf 'n' turf experience. With a bunch of hungry mouths to feed but not a lot of time to get the job done, the heat is on and the pressure is building. The boys better be ready when sparks fly because this is one ambitious plan that might just blow up in their faces... literally!
Brothers Andrew and Kevin have been known to go over the top when it comes to their DIY creations and their latest is no exception – they’re bringing an upper deck party to their lakeside family cottage by converting the roof of their workshop into the Ultimate Rooftop Patio. Brimming with imaginative and quirky ideas that cover all of their food, drink and fun needs, there’s no shortage of star attractions -- this weekend, the sky's the limit.
There’s just never enough room at the family cottage so brothers Kevin and Andrew decide that it’s time to build a proper guest tent - a seasonal outdoor sleeping area that'll be cozy and dry. Knowing the idea of camping in a tent will be a hard sell to their wives, the boys decide to go the extra mile and tap into their feminine sides to conjure up a rustic chic aesthetic for this “glamping” project. Their goal: a fully-furnished outdoor bedroom that looks like it fell out of a magazine, picture perfect for a luxurious and romantic getaway.
When brothers Andrew and Kevin acquire a 1967 Ford Country Squire station wagon -- a wood-paneled beauty with bench seats and a big block engine – they take one look and think the same thing: Ultimate Beach Wagon. A roof-mounted solar-heated shower and portable seafood taco stand will put the “ultimate” into the experience, while a custom one-of-a-kind stand-up paddleboard will help these boys tackle the mighty ocean waves. Getting ready – this is surf and sun with a Maritimes twist!
There’s one thing that brothers Andrew and Kevin love more than building projects at their family cottage and that’s pretending to build while doing nothing at all. Determined to disguise their laziness from their wives, the boys have hatched a secret plan to turn their workshop into the Ultimate Covert Man Cave. Nothing is what it seems in this speakeasy-inspired creation -- behind every tool cabinet, beneath every workbench, are hidden beer fridges, sound systems, and games waiting to be uncovered. The boys are about to learn, however, that doing nothing can be awfully hard work.
No strangers to launching unique floating contraptions, brothers Kevin and Andrew may have finally figured out a way to get their 4-wheel all-terrain vehicle from their cottage property onto the island in the middle of the lake: The ATV-Powered Barge. On this latest amphibious vessel, however, their ATV is not only the cargo but the engine as well. Powering itself over the water, the brothers' ATV is truly all-terrain! With their engineer friend Walker aboard, the boys are hatching a scheme to convert a treadmill, a floating dock and pair of old wagon wheels, along with Andrew's precious new ATV, into a paddlewheel ferry unlike any you've ever seen.
Brothers Andrew and Kevin look to their wives for inspiration this weekend as they embark on creating a picturesque She-Shed at their lakeside family cottage. Their female version of the man cave will come complete with its very own wine bar making it the ideal spot for their hard-working better halves to uncork and unwind. Just as a marriage of wine and wood form the structure of a great vintage, this Ultimate She-Shed strives to be a perfect blend of form and function. But as always, with these two bros in charge, always expect plenty of "whine" and a barrel of laughs.
For brothers Andrew and Kevin, the boathouse at their lakeside family cottage has been "anything but" for as long as they can remember. Instead of a cozy sleeping bunkie where guests wake to the best views of the lake on the property, as originally envisioned by their mom and dad, it's been little more than a neglected storage area. All that is about to change this weekend when the brothers decide to turn their parents' dream into a reality, updating this untidy space into all it was meant to be and more. New walls, ceilings, furniture and decor -- there are going to be plenty of surprise makeovers in store when the boys fashion the Ultimate Boathouse Bed and Breakfast.
This weekend, brothers Kevin and Andrew are putting a unique spin on yet another college mainstay. Upon realizing that their newly-installed driveway might in fact be the flattest, most level piece of ground on their lakeside family cottage property, the brothers seek to take full advantage by serving up the Ultimate Cottage Driveway Tennis Court -- a multi-use area that's not just for cars, but also doubles as a playing surface for a variety of racquet sports including tennis, badminton and squash. A retractable multipurpose net, scoreboard, VIP spectator lounge and elevated umpire chair are just some of the many features the brothers will be looking to ace.
While brothers Kevin and Andrew are used to having their cottage building projects go downhill, it's never been intentional... until now. This weekend, the brothers are in a race to the bottom -- of the hill, that is -- when they go head-to-head in their Ultimate Soapbox Derby Racers. The brothers are putting pedal to the metal -- or more accurately, metal to the pedals -- fashioning speed machines using whatever they can beg, borrow or steal (from each other, naturally). The stakes are high and the hill even higher -- "winning" this race might just mean reaching the finish line in one piece. Get your crash helmets on and buckle up -- this one is bumpy Brojects ride you don't want to miss!
It's another summer day at the cottage and for brothers Kevin and Andrew, there's no better way to stay cool than with a quick dip in the lake followed by a scoop of ice cream. Of course, what would make it even better is if they didn't have to wait until they came back ashore to partake in tasty frozen treats. Starting with an old ice cream bike, the boys are attaching a table, benches, a soda fountain, and floatation to create a seaworthy ice cream parlour for serving up ice cream floats in the middle of the lake. Decorated in a fun shark theme, the BrojectsFloating Ice Cream Bike is sure to make everyone in the water scream for ice cream.
While brothers Kevin and Andrew may be a little short on food up at their lakeside cottage property, they're not starved for ideas on how to solve their dilemma. Since the foundation of a delicious sandwich is great bread, the boys are sinking their teeth into the Ultimate Bread Oven: a barrel-vault wood-fired brick oven that not only looks impressive but also produces exceptional artisanal loaves. Piling brisket and chicken into the smoker and whipping up a feast of homemade toppings, fillings and spreads, these bros are rising to the challenge -- better bring an empty stomach and plenty of beer!
Campfire sing-alongs are the highlight of the cottage experience for brothers Kevin and Andrew at their lakeside family retreat and this weekend, they've invited guests from all around the lake for the ultimate end-of-summer hootenanny. Always seeking new ways to make a splash, the bros are moving their fire pit from land to water and floating their jamboree out onto the middle of the lake. It's not going to be smooth sailing but they're going to try with a little help from their friends -- their engineer pal Walker is on the way and he's bringing his own brothers along for the ride. Time to tune that old guitar and grab a paddle, the Brojects Ultimate Floating Fire Pit is ready to rock!
Swimming in the lake is an essential part of the cottage experience but the brothers need a swim raft….the ultimate swim raft. Andrew and Kevin retreat to the drawing board eager to fix the situation. They quickly come to the conclusion that their new swim raft will need to be self-propelled so that it can be moored both at the shore as well as in the middle of the lake where the swimming is prime. Together with their engineer pal Walker, the boys decide to build the Ultimate Swim Raft, complete with benches, a cedar pergola, a hammock, a solar-powered motor, a trap-door cooler, a retractable anchor.
Brothers Andrew and Kevin want to create the ultimate Margherita and Margarita experience: fresh, piping-hot Neapolitan-style Margherita pizzas paired with tasty frozen Margarita cocktails. The brothers, after consulting with their engineer pal Walker, set about converting a potbelly charcoal BBQ into a pizza oven and an old exercise bike into the human-powered blender. With friends and family on the way, the boys are in a race against the clock to get their outdoor kitchen ready in time for the big party.
Brothers Andrew and Kevin have always wanted to combine their two favourite activities at the cottage: water sports and relaxing on their deck chairs. The boys concoct yet another one-of-a-kind Brojects creation: The Chair Ski – a deck chair on water-skis that can be towed at break-neck speeds with a motorboat. As always, Andrew wants to take it one step further and decides to add a jump, and as always, Kevin disapproves. Join the boys on as they embark on their wackiest (and wettest) adventure yet.
Frustrated by the poor movie watching experience inside the cottage, Brothers Andrew and Kevin dream of having an outdoor movie theatre setup, and this weekend they set out to realize that dream. They want something that is portable, can be hidden when not in use, is protected from the elements, can function as a music system when not being used to watch movies, and above all, is easy to set up and take down. Settle back with a bag of popcorn and watch as the brothers, together with some help from Walker, premiere their Ultimate Outdoor Theatre.
For brothers Andrew and Kevin, the heart of their cottage has always been the fire pit. It’s the epicentre of all cottage weekends and the place where laughs are loudest and memories are made. Food, fun, and fire all revolve around this simple hole in the ground. The brothers understand the importance of such a location and set about constructing one that is fitting of the ultimate cottage. From log chaise lounges to suspended fire pits, the bros set their imaginations ablaze. What emerges from the ashes is truly the Ultimate Brojects Fire Pit.
Brothers Andrew and Kevin arrive at the cottage with autumn colours on the trees and a plan to tackle one of their most important cottage projects yet: the Ultimate Outdoor Cottage Shower. The brothers dream of a shower with a view of the lake and an open roof to see the stars, a destination shower where they can relax and wash off a hard day’s work.
Under direction from their wives to build a play area for the kids, the boys tackle the ultimate playground. Having unleashed their inner eight year-olds in creating a cottage playground for their children, brothers Andrew and Kevin realize they’re actually making one for themselves. The boys hurl themselves headlong into slack lines, zip lines, teeter-totters and a man-sized version of a baby bouncer, proving the old adage that while growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.
Growing up, “hot tubbing,” meant a bathtub in their front yard fed with a garden hose. Inspired to set things right, brothers Kevin and Andrew get to work on designing and building the Ultimate Cottage Hot Tub. With a lust for unobstructed nighttime stargazing, Andrew pushes his brother towards making the hot tub amphibious so they can float out onto the lake in style to view the stars. With their life jackets and frosty drinks loaded on board, the boys set sail for the adventure of a life (or death) time.
The cottage of brothers Andrew and Kevin lacks a ‘man’tuary: a place to sit, watch fire cook meat, drink liquids that burn your belly, and generally look busy while doing next to nothing. While sweeping the chimney in preparation for the winter in between sips of bourbon and nibbles of smoked salmon, inspiration hits the boys — what if they combine a smoke shack with a bourbon bar? The smoker is the perfect 'smoke screen' that will allow the bros to hit the bar while their wives think they are working hard on preparing food for dinner.
The lake at the cottage is not open for winter fishing so the brothers Andrew and Kevin decide they need a mobile ice fishing shack they can haul into the middle of a frozen lake. But it’s not just going to be any old shack — the brothers, together with their engineer pal Walker, are aiming for something that can rightfully be called the Ultimate Ice Fishing Shack.
A weekend winter getaway has been a family cottage tradition for brothers Andrew and Kevin for years. Their friends come in force looking to beat the winter blues with a healthy dose of crisp winter air and good-natured banter. This year, the brothers decide to build the Ultimate Hockey Rink to keep the masses entertained. Complete with rink side food and bevies, a lawnmower-turned-ice resurfacer, and their very own trophy — The Manly Cup — this promises to be a spirited game of stick and puck that rivals the pros in entertainment value.
Warmer days and cold nights bring brothers Andrew and Kevin to the cottage with sweet dreams on their minds and maple syrup supplies in their hands. Having always wanted to take part in this quintessential springtime food harvest, the brothers are armed with ambition but not a lot more. Luckily, their trusted engineer pal Walker is along for the ride to help keep the boys on track. Together, the trio set out to create the Ultimate Breakfast Bar: a homemade sap evaporator that, in true Brojects fashion, is more than meets the eye.
With springtime just around the corner, the anticipation of warm weather and longer days gets brothers Andrew and Kevin dreaming about adventures they can do in cottage country. With plenty of beautiful beaches, pristine parks, and lakeside campgrounds scattered throughout the area, the boys decide that they need to be able to take their cottage with them on their adventures. Thus, is born the Brojects Mobile Mini Cottage.
Unable to decide whether to build a new bowling alley or a new dock for their cottage property, brothers Andrew and Kevin decide to do both, combining two ideas into one: the Brojects Browling Alley is a floating wooden boat dock that will also double as a ten-pin bowling lane, complete with gutters, a mechanical pinsetter and a ball return system. But will the bros turn out to be the kingpins of the lake or just pinheads?
Inspired by the swim-up bars at Caribbean resorts, brothers Andrew and Kevin set out to construct one of their own at their lakeside cottage property, highlighted by underwater seating, a floating pool table and a gleaming bartop made entirely out of nickels that the bros nickname, “The Barnickel”. With summer in full swing and the temperatures soaring, it’s time to beat the heat by paddling a canoe over to the Brojects Ultimate Swim-Up Bar.
There’s no avoiding the water hazard at the most unique golf course in all of cottage country. On their lakeside property, brothers Andrew and Kevin are re-imagining the game of golf for the water, putting all nine holes of the Floating Golf Course entirely on the lake itself and designing an equally inventive way to get around the links.
Necessity is the brother of all invention and there’s nothing that brothers Andrew and Kevin need more than a workshop at their lakeside cottage property. But with a mandate from their parents to keep the projects small and out of sight, the bros realize they might have bitten off more than they can chew after a two-and-a-half ton shipping container they intended to re-purpose for this project gets stuck in the driveway.
For brothers Andrew and Kevin, summers by the lake at their cottage property lack for only one thing: a beach. It’s a situation that they plan to rectify immediately in their quest to host the Ultimate Beach Party. A truckload of sand later and they quickly realize why it takes Mother Nature millennia to craft a beautiful beach. With a tiki bar, open fire spit, tropical cocktails and DIY hula hoops still to build – this is a beach party, Brojects style.
Last year, brothers Andrew and Kevin together with their engineer pal, Walker, set out to build a playground at their cottage property for their kids but what they came up with was unsafe, unattractive and ultimately, unused. The boys may be used to failure, but they are determined to remain heroes in the eyes of their children for as long as possible. With pride on the line, they ‘re determined to redeem themselves this time around -- or else face the scorn of their wives again -- by tackling the quintessential kids project: a tree fort.
Never again will brothers Andrew and Kevin find themselves at the perfect remote fishing spot but without a boat to sail out on – this weekend, they’re creating the ultimate all-in-one-camper-plus-boat solution by converting the truck cap on the back of their pickup into a boat. The boys better hope, though, that their wacky “bro-at” idea holds water, or else they’ll be swimming with the fishes, instead of catching them.
Brothers Andrew and Kevin have made a resolution to live healthier, more active lifestyles and decide that this weekend at the lake is as good a time to start as any. Their biggest huddle is the lack of proper exercise equipment at their cottage property. Rather than discouraging the bros, this spurs the creation of the Ultimate Outdoor Gym – a collection of one-of-a-kind rustic fitness gear that’ll perfectly suit their backwoods surroundings.
It’s going to be a high stakes weekend up as brothers Kevin and Andrew, along with their engineer pal Walker, are going all in and turning their quaint family retreat into the Cottage Casino. But a gambling den would never pass the “Mom Test” so it’ll need to be discreetly hidden away until their high-roller friends come calling. To accomplish this sleight-of-hand, the boys are converting their parents’ furniture and knick-knacks into cleverly-disguised custom poker tables, craps tables, beer dispensers, cigar humidors and much more. It’s time to ante up: with jokers as wild as these guys, you can bet this is one Brojects you don’t want to miss.
The chilly weather at their lakeside cottage property has brothers Andrew and Kevin opening their minds and pores to the ceremony of sweat that is the sauna. But knowing the bros, it’s not just going to be any old sauna – not when Andrew insists that the key to a truly amazing sauna is the ability to jump from the heat directly into the cold lake. They conclude that the only sensible thing to do is to make a sauna with immediate access to the deepest, coldest parts of the lake – the Ultimate Floating Sauna.
Football season is in full swing and brothers Kevin and Andrew have big plans for the season-ending showdown. But instead of going to the game, they're going to bring the game to them. Now with a sizable contingent of football friends geared up for a tailgate party at the cottage, the race is on to create the Ultimate Football Lounge -- an outdoor space protected from the elements complete with comfy insulated sofas made from repurposed wooden pallets, motorized beer coolers, gridiron challenges, and enough food to fill a stadium.
Old man winter has returned to the cottage and brothers Andrew and Kevin are hot on his heels for a weekend of frigid fun. Harkening back to yesteryear, the bros land on their weekend project: a toboggan designed to recapture some of their youth, but tricked out with adult amenities, including an ingenious contraption to take all the hard work out of getting rider and sled back up the hill. But as they soon find out, going up the hill in the Ultimate Toboggan isn't going to be the problem... it's coming back down in one piece!
With Kevin's loud snoring nearly driving his brother Andrew to silence him for good, the boys decide that perhaps it's finally time to try out some alternative sleeping arrangements up at their lakeside cottage property. It's the middle of winter and the boys dream up a scheme for a retreat from the retreat -- an igloo on the lake comprised of all the amenities of a luxury boutique hotel. Get ready for the ultimate weekend getaway and check yourself in to the Brojects Ultimate Ice Hotel.