My husband and I were looking to add a screened in porch on our cottage that wasn’t a permanent structure. We pondered on this over several years always coming back to Carriage House & are so glad we did! It truly has become our favourite room at the cottage. From the start of the day watching the play of shadows on the roof enjoying that first cup of coffee to afternoons playing with the grandchildren to late day cocktails with friends …..it’s a joy.
Carriage House has been a great company to work with from the planning to the installation. Should you be considering a quality, screened in porch addition to your cottage or home, I only hope you find your joy like we have ours.
– The Hawkins
We are really enjoying our Room. It is exactly what we needed. Thanks
– Bruce in Oakville
Yours is the gold standard of gazeboes. We have admired them for many years.
– Judy in Haliburton
Thanks for the information, Sally
What I can say about the gazebo is that we’ve enjoyed it thoroughly ever since it was installed.
It is probably the best single item that we’ve purchased for outside living.
The deck and Room look great. We love our new outdoor living space.
Bill & Betty
Sally & Mark:
Just wanted to thank you for our beautiful enclosed sunroom which you constructed off our family room on our existing deck in Richmond Hill. We often refer to it as our summer cottage. The workmanship was amazing. We had wanted to do something like this for years, but knew we had found the right concept when we met you at the Toronto Home Show.
Mike & Paula
Dear Carriage House
A year ago we saw this beautiful Carriage House room
at the homeshow and had you duplicate it for us. We have been using it
for a year now…our second summer… and it has been the best
addition to our home and patio. We have had compliments galore
regarding the workmanship. We would like to thankyou again for the
beautiful quality and attention to detail throughout our
Carol and Bruce D.
Just wanted to say thank you so much for the new room! We love it! Mark’s a great guy & Tony did an amazing job. We’re really pleased! We love the extra living space it’s given to our cottage.
Love the fabric we chose for the roof by the way. It blends really nicely with the trees.
Debbie & Bill
Just a not to say thank you for designing a fabulous Muskoka room. It has exceeded all of our expectations. The under eaves work is not only ingenious but totally water proof and fits right in.
Thanks to Tony for his installation expertise and creative work.
With this heat we are out there daily- morning and night.
If you need to show someone a sample of your work, here in Bala, don’t hesitate to call.
Have agreat summer
All the best
Howard and Connie
Hi Sally and Mark the following is our testimonial to our new gazebo that we love.
We made a trip to the 2012 Homeshow in April looking for a gazebo and were very impressed with the Carriage House exhibit. After talking for sometime with Mark the owner of Carriage House, we were sure we were making a good choice for what we required. Mark said that you can style it to your own tastes, and that he would build or make any changes, also a big plus. Well, after working with him and his staff we came up with our plan and awaited the arrival. The big day arrived and so did our gazebo. The three men that put it in place were amicable, very knowledgable, and efficient, and if I might say very devoted to detail. It was perfect before they left the premises. We were thrilled with the workmanship and dedication all round to make sure that we were very happy before and after installment. We call it a work of art, as in this day and age one cannot always say that of a project. Anyway can’t say enough about how satisfied we are and would highly recommend Carriage House for any future home additions you might need. We are indeed very fussy customers and in this case truly happy.
Thankyou Mark, Sally and Staff..awesome!!!
Carol and Bruce D. ..Markham, Ontario
We love our screened room and have enjoyed many quiet moments just reading a book, watching a movie or listening to the birds as well as many dinners with our family and friends.
The screened room has opened up our house to the outdoors and provided us with another livingroom outside. Our grandkids love to come over and camp out overnight in the screened room where it is nice and cool during those hot summer nights.
Sally and Mark and the staff have been very helpful with all our questions and have replied to us very promptly and informatively in a very friendly manner. We feel assured that they are there for us if we have any problems at all.
Our sales experience was friendly, very informative and enjoyable with no pressure to buy. The delivery was on time and the construction of the room was very professional and well constructed.
We look forward to enjoying many more years in our new room.
Brian and Sue R.
North Gower, Ontario
Just about 1 year ago today while touring the annual Cottage Life Show we saw the
display by Carriage House and the fully assembled Haliburton Room.
Our immediate response was “Wow this is perfect for our home”
After rnuch deliberation, we took the plunge and plunked down a substantial deposit to
someone we had just met minutes earlier.
The next day we had a severe case of Buyers remorse and wondered ; did we make a
mistake, did we pay too much; will it spoil the look of oun House?
The day of delivery I was not home and I asked my wife to call when installation was
complete. She called and said “It looks awesome ! ” and I agree that it does.
This has become the most popular room in our home and all of our dealings with
Carriage House have been 100% positive.
I hope that you find this letter to be helpful and you are welcome to see or tour our
addition at any time.
Brooker / Partner
Dear Mark and Sally:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your professionalism and quality of service in the sale (and installation) of 2 screened enclosures to me.
The quality of your work and service is admirably high.
Our stand-alone hexagon screened room is an excellent addition to our outdoor garden and is enthusiastically used by many for ourtdoor, bug free moments of relaxation. The screened porch, adjacent to the lower level of our house (although originally constructed and installed at our retail property in Muskoka.) provides an extension to our living space and provids us with immediate access to a bug-free outdoor experience, tranquil in both rain and shine.
I operate a business that encourages personal investment in quality of life. The cost / benefit of a Carriage House screened enclosure is clear, where the value (and quality) of your product is well worth the cost.
I continue to appreciate the integrity of your company and your commitment to servicing me (your customer). I will always be referring friends and aquaintances.
Donna and I want to thank you for the wonderful screen room that your company supplied and installed recently at our home in Huntsville.
Now that the “little flying critters” are making their presence known we are certain that we will be enjoying the outdoors a lot more in our Muskoka (Haliburton) room.
We are impressed with the quality of your product and the fabric roof makes the room light and airy and adds a nice finishing touch.
Your installation crew (Tony and Curtis) were pleasant and efficient and the room was assembled without a hitch.
We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone looking for a way to make outdoor living in Muskoka more enjoyable.
Don S. and Donna G.
Sally & Mark;
Just a note to let you know how very pleased we were with the addition that was added to our cottage.
The knowledgeable workmanship that you and your staff put into making the finished product was just fantastic! We have had many compliments from family and friends, about the many different ideas and uniqueness that made our cottage complete.
Also, we were very pleased that the clean-ups were done nightly.
J & B M.
We wanted to tell you how much we are enjoying the Haliburton Room you built for our cottage on Little Redstone. This last winter was its first and we’re pleased to say it survived looking good as new.
We couldn’t help but wonder how it would fare as we watched the heavy snow fall last winter but it is looking beautiful again this spring.
As well as providing extra bug-free living space for our growing family – now 5 grandkids – it’s easy maintenance is a real bonus!
We are so pleased that we made the commitment to it and thank you for your attention to detail in customizing it for our available space.
If people considering a Haliburton Room for themselves would like to contact us or come on up to see it, please share our contact information.
Bev & Gord S.
Dear Sally & Mark;
We are very pleased with the structures that you built for our home. We started with our garden pergola and it just went from there as we were so happy with the result. We appreciate the time you spent to try to understand what we wanted and then in designing and measuring to provide us with exactly what we had envisioned. The 4 structures add extra character and charm to our century home. We receive many compliments from family and friends on how the structures enhance our home landscaping.
D & R A.
We would highly recommend Carriage House. We had a Haliburton Room built and attached to our home. It was an awkward spot and also had to cover an existing hot tub. Sally and Mark were very informative, and helped answer our questions. The Haliburton Room arrived at the appointed time, and we were amazed by the quick and skilful construction. The room looked like it had always been part of our home. The canvas roof survived last year’s heavy snowfalls and has worked very well especially with the steam from the hot tub. We have enjoyed our bug-free room for entertaining and relaxing. Sally made window covers, which has enabled us to use our room all year round. Should the opportunity arise we would certainly call Carriage House again for our construction needs.
M & R C.
We are happy to reccommend the services of Carriage House Contracting (Mark & Sally Teasdel)
Mark & Sally have built our Haliburton Highlands cottage in the winter of 2003. Throughout the whole process, (cost estimate, design and building approvals and the construction) they have handled the project with utmost professionality and care. Their team of highly skilled builders was always ready to address our concerns, advise the best course of action, and offer reccommendations at every stage of the project. Our cottage was ready on time, at the estimated cost , and it was exactly how we imagined it.
We are delighted with the quality of the work Carriage House Contracting did for us and are pleased to reccommend them for any job, big or small.
E & Z S.
We are the proud owners of Carriage House’s gazebos, which is nicely positioned at our cottage overlooking Paint Lake in the Muskokas.We met with Sally & Mark at the Fall Cottage Life Show in Toronto and had our gazebo installed in the spring of ’05. We are pleased with the professional approach they showed us in our review of their offerings. Our gazebo was installed on time asd requested and they even dropped out to our place to make sure we were pleased with the installation.
They were very responsive to our needs and requests, as well. We actually took our canvas top in for a minor repair this past Fall, at no charge, nd they were courteous and helpful.
I would reccommend Carriage House to anyone considering one of their products and in fact we are now starting to see more of their gazebos dot the landscape at Paint Lake.
– B & T S.
Mike and I just want to thank you and your staff for the spectacular Haliburton Room you completed for us. It looks amazing and more than meets our expectations. The work crew did an excellent installation and clean up.
Thank you so much again.
Mike and Kathy B.
We have supplied this photo that shows how much we love our Haliburton Room. Not only does it give me the impression that I’m almost outdoors while I’m working in the kitchen, but I can supervise the play area that it provides for our grandchildren at the same time.
It is a natural & splendid addition to our home.
To any prospective buyer the beauty, quality and durability of the Haliburton room is pretty obvious. What’s not obvious, but definitely a selling feauture in itself, is the fact that you’re also buying the pride, professionalism and dedication of Mark and Sally Teasdel from the moment you’ve made your decision to purchase to the moment they take your picture as the beaming proud owner after the installation of your Haliburton room. We love our Haliburton room and can’t wait for black fly and mosquito season.
“I think your product offering (the”Haliburton Room”tm) is the best in
the market place.”-
“Your units are very nice, reminds me of the homeland in upstate New
“Spring, summer and autumn in the Haliburton Highlands are rich with such beautiful days and splendid evenings, in which to enjoy the outdoor pleasures of the back yard, lakefront or garden. Unfortunately the flies, bugs, bees and hours of super hot sunshine often make it impossible to enjoy.
But we have found the perfect solution; it is well named the Haliburton Room, designed and created by Mark and Sally Teasdel of Carriage House Custom Design. This is much more than a gazebo. It is a unique, hand-crafted product of finest quality. Sturdy wood panels of durable, beautifully stained and naturally scented Western Red Cedar, and custom-fitted screen windows form the perimeter walls. These are mounted on a solid wooden base, securely fastened to our patio stones, and topped with an attractive Sunbrella fabric roof over a strong wooden frame.
The Haliburton Room has ample space for tables, chairs, patio lights, etc. Besides being completely serviceable, it looks very attractive, and is, for us – the perfect “summer house”. Almost maintenance-free, it easily withstands the rains and winds of a summer storm. And, as a bonus, it can be easily taken down and stored in sections for the winter, and re-assembled in the spring.
We have enjoyed our Haliburton Room so very much, and we look forward to the day when we can again step through the door – to enjoy the return of summer, in comfort, security and beauty.”
During the summer of 1998, Carriage House Contracting (Mark & Sally Teasdel) carried out the process of gaining Municipality approval and then constructing a deck and portable cedar screen enclosure with a fabric roof attached to my Pan-Adobe cottage on Drag Lake in Haliburton. I learned about CHC through advertisement in the Haliburton Echo.
Mark came to our house in early July, and provided us with an estimate on the spot, which he stuck to throughout the process. He submitted our application to the Departmental Commitee of Adjustment, and gained approval and a building permit by mid-August, without significant involvement on our part. The submission involved minor variances which required a Commitee of Adjustment approval.
CHC began work in late August, and completed the project by the end of September, except for minor items. Throughout the construction period, I was most impressed by how clean & free of debris the site was maintained. We only visited on weekends, but the area was clean every time we arrived. I also was impressed by the process of pre-fabrication at CHC’s mill, where more fitting & joining was possible than if done on-site. This resulted in more efficient use of site time and in a very professional-looking final product.
Mark & Sally operated very professionally throughout the whole process, and I found them a pleasure to deal with. Their knowledge of the local suppliers and others in the Haliburton area has been a great advantage in making the project a success. Their willingness to be flexible, and to be helpful in collateral activities has been greatly appreciated.
I would not hesitate in recommending Carriage House Contracting to anyone contemplating a cottage construction project.
“Thank you for the beautiful job. We love
– Jennifer M.