If you love watching home shows as much as I do, then you’ve probably heard of Scottish natives and international design duo Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan. They’ve tackled home renovations across the globe, and most recently, I got to share the screen with them — woo! — as a guest judge on Game of Homes, a competitive renovation series where Colin and Justin flaunted their talents as resident judges alongside host Dave Salmoni.
When they weren’t perusing the dusty GOH stadium last year, the pair could be found in Ontario’s cottage country filming for one of their other shows, Cabin Pressure. In the first season, Colin and Justin renovated this gorgeous Muskoka cabin in 12 short weeks, and in season two, as they explain, “we turned our attentions to Haliburton and bought a ramshackle fixer-upper. A big job and then some…”
After touring over 40 properties in search of one with potential, they chose this overgrown and rundown lakeside charmer in Haliburton County, Ontario to showcase in season two. It needed work top to bottom and front to back, a process which included pouring a new foundation to fix the slanted shanty, replacing the entire façade, and getting creative inside using IKEA kitchen cabinets — all while battling the elements. “We can honestly report that rebuilding our cabin was a joy and working with Randy Blain, our contractor, and our wider team, has been a blast. To our entire crew and to all of you for watching and reading – thank you,” Colin and Justin share. “If you’re in the area, come on by — just make sure you bring a bottle, ’cause we do like the odd tipple…”
If you like this transformation, be sure to tune in and watch their third season of Cabin Pressure unfold (starting this Sunday at 9 pm on Cottage Life) and catch even more fun and creative tomfoolery on Game of Homes (airing April 12 on the W Network)! –Sabrina