See What Our Customers Are Saying

Unsolicited testimonial – 14 years later

We have had our soft-top lean to screened in room now for 14 years and WOW. We are so impressed with it still and love our summer evenings bug free at the cottage. Last night our good friends, who come up every year for a week, were commenting how amazed they are that it has stood the test of time. EVEN the soft top Sunbrella roof!!

So for those that wonder if it will last, the answer is a resounding yes. We do remove and clean the roof and screens each fall when we close up and winterize.

Mancuso family on Kashwakamak Lake

We saw the Haliburton Room at the 2018 Spring Cottage Life Show and it seemed perfect for our needs, which was a room over the river. But we had a very strict timetable, in June landscapers were due to start revamping our garden for our sons August wedding.  Mark was very thorougher explaining everything and promising to meet our timetable and expectations. He DELIVERED everything as promised and more (love the Union flag Mark, nice touch) on time and with his usual great big smile. We are truly delighted with the service delivered by Carriage-house and offer this unsolicited endorsement without hesitation.
Ian & Sandra C

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 …’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

Best decision since moving to Muskoka was adding our screened room off our master bedroom. Thanks to Carriage House in Minden! It’s the most used room in the house all spring, summer and fall, eating breakfast listening to the birds in the woods, watching TV in the evening (BUG FREE) and listening to the bull frogs all night. Sitting outside overlooking the golf course and the forest is one of my greatest joys. Woody is in his element too, watching the chipmunks and squirrels!
Danielle E.

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

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 thank you 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.

Thanks again.

Debbie & Bill

Just a note 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.

All the best 

Howard and Connie

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.  They were more than helpful with our modifications.  We are still in awe at the workmanship and accuracy of the fit of the sunbrella top.  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.

We would highly recommend Carriage House.  We had a Haliburton Room built and attached to our home.  It was in 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.

Mary and Rodney C.

“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.”

Bill G.

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.

Phil L.