Our mission is to provide the greater Muskoka area with a superior custom cottage building experience, exceeding expectations at an affordable price.

Build your dream, however big, and make it a reality while remaining within your budget.

Specializing in stick-frame, timber frame, and both traditional and modern finishes, we take care of everything from demolition, excavation, septic installation, and site-prep to complete building erection, project management, and finish carpentry. We can facilitate designs or work with existing designs to deliver any building, addition, or renovation you desire. You will see from our testimonials and stunning photo gallery that we are dedicated to delivering completed projects that go above and beyond client expectations. 

Specializing in stick-frame, timber frame, and both traditional and modern finishes, we take care of everything from demolition, excavation, septic installation, and site-prep to complete building erection, project management, and finish carpentry. We can facilitate designs or work with existing designs to deliver any building, addition, or renovation you desire. You will see from our testimonials and stunning photo gallery that we are dedicated to delivering completed projects that go above and beyond client expectations. 

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Born and raised in Huntsville, owner and operator Thomas Cowden understands the beauty and tradition that Muskoka provides. Thomas has a keen eye for detail and a passion for creating beautiful spaces that clients are always ecstatic with. Thomas and his crew always work hard to ensure a seamless process, being budget-conscious while providing outstanding results. Take a look at our featured projects for some inspiration. Thomas is also the Vice President of the Muskoka Builders Association, and works diligently to uphold the reputation of the association through excellent work.

TESTIMONIALS

We love what we do, building your dream and making it a reality.

We highly recommend Cowdens General Contracting. Thomas has a lot of experience in building both log homes and timber-frame homes. He is honest, reliable, a hard worker, and has good, practical ideas. He kept us informed about the project with pictures on a regular basis. He is easy to talk to and any issues were solved readily and easily. He has a good crew of skilled builders and we were pleased to see that the job site was kept neat and orderly. We have had four major renovations and builds over our career in Toronto, Waterloo, and now Muskoka. Thomas provided the best experience for us with fair pricing and we can’t say enough to highly recommend his company.

Dr. Arnold & Mary F.
Cowden’s General Contracting installed our new septic system in the fall of 2019. We were very impressed at how quickly all the materials arrived and the expertise in which the entire system was built. We were told every day what was happening and why. We have complete confidence to recommend Thomas Cowden and his company for your septic system install.
L (Full Name Withheld)

My daughter is disabled and could not do the stairs up to her room anymore, and we did not want to move. Thomas came up with a plan to incorporate the front hall closet into the powder room to have room for a shower. His workmanship on the washroom renovation was excellent. He worked on the renovation so quickly for us. My daughter now lives on the main floor and we are all happy to be staying in our home. Thank you very much, Thomas.

Mrs. Leanne H.
Thomas Cowden and his team at Cowden’s General Contracting built our custom cottage in south Muskoka. Their attention to detail produced a wonderful tribute to an old family cottage. The design was inspired by the original structure, but the craftsmanship from Thomas and his crew added a unique and modern beauty. Thomas’s professional trade relationships ensured the project was delivered with very few issues. We would highly recommend Thomas for any construction project. His extensive knowledge of all aspects of the build process is impressive.
Judy W.

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