Breathing room at last

Breathing room at last

The house on Dundee Avenue in Ottawa seemed cramped and tired. At least, it did to its family, who felt it had become too small and too lacking in storage.

You can visit this lovely post-war home on Oct. 15 to see how Reno Rescue transformed it.

It’s part of the third annual Reno Tour, hosted by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association Renovators’ Council and the Ottawa RenoMark® program, to allow the public to see the results of beautiful award-winning renovations.


This year, seven renovators and homeowners have agreed to open their doors to show you their stunning projects. Proceeds from sales of tickets go to Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa.

To this home on Dundee Avenue, Reno Rescue added a 350 square foot single-storey extension with a large family-focused kitchen.

The ample cabinets and walk-around island provide a central space for cooking, casual meals and homework. The increased cupboard space includes a pantry-lined hall from the mudroom (the old kitchen) to the rear patio and kitchen, providing almost four times as much storage as the old kitchen. Both adults can now function comfortably within the new space without bumping into or tripping over each other.

A separate drink station separates snacks and beverages from the heart of the cooking area, and allows for convenient access from the rear deck and garden.

The removal of several doorways, small walls and arches opened up access and improved movement from the front of the house through to the new kitchen without sacrificing privacy. There is better access to their backyard and the new mudroom has removed front hall congestion. The reallocated space in the front of the house has added new life and functionality at a more realistic cost than new construction.

Below the kitchen, an additional 350 square foot open room offers flexibility as the needs of the family change, so the future of this space is flexible and adaptive.

It’s worth a visit. Reno Tour goes from 10 am to 4 pm.


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