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RENOTOUR LOCATION #6 – CARLETON KITCHEN & BATH

October 3, 2019

An original farmhouse in Westboro with plenty of history was in need of an update but it had to be one that respected the past. The home had seen several renovations over the years, but because none of those renos had looked at the home as a whole, the owners had issues with flow and…

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RENOTOUR LOCATION #5 – LAGOIS DESIGN-BUILD-RENOVATE

October 2, 2019

This project took a dilapidated 1½-storey addition with no access from the second floor and a deck that was falling apart and replaced it with a larger two-storey addition that meets the needs of the homeowners. “It speaks to the possibilities of what we can do to an older home,” says Lagois owner Herb Lagois.…

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RENO TOUR LOCATION#4 – SKILBILT CONSTRUCTION

October 2, 2019

This project by SkilBilt Construction was precipitated by the desire for a dream kitchen, but involved much of the main floor of the 1980s two-storey home. The clients wanted a kitchen that was a focal point, central and more open concept. To achieve this, the dining room and kitchen spaces were swapped and integrated into…

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RENO TOUR LOCATION #3 – OTTAWA GENERAL CONTRACTORS

October 1, 2019

This project represents an opportunity to explore a growing trend in Ottawa: the addition of a coach home to an existing property. A coach home is a separate, secondary unit on a property that ties into the existing home’s services and that can serve many purposes, from guest house to rental unit to in-law suite.…

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RENO TOUR LOCATION #2 – AMSTED DESIGN-BUILD

September 30, 2019

Amsted Design-Build’s entry on the tour this year is unusual for two reasons: not only does it show how you can effectively incorporate an income suite into an older home, it’s also, in effect, a model showhome for the company. Amsted operates satellite offices throughout the city — dubbed Living Rooms — both to showcase…

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RENO TOUR LOCATION #1 – RND CONSTRUCTION

September 30, 2019

Although ostensibly a kitchen renovation, this project is really about a whole home reno and addition. The kitchen revamp done this year is the second phase of renovations that RND Construction has done on this home. Phase 1 was an addition in 2009 that included adding a garage and a new private wing of the…

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Researching Renovators? Then check out their projects on Reno Tour 2019

September 30, 2019

Kitchens, bathrooms, additions — the variety of projects on Reno Tour 2019 offers a great way to check out the work of potential renovators for your home. If there’s a renovation in your future, it’s important to research companies and contractors to find a good fit for you. Reno Tour 2019 is the perfect chance…

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Keep your little ones safe

August 8, 2019

In the excitement and chaos of a brand-new renovation, family safety is of utmost concern. If you’re a parent, you know how especially important this is with young children. But you can and must have a safe renovation, even if you’re also juggling toddlers and preschoolers in the upheaval. In particular if your home is…

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How we as a city need to plan to renovate our homes (Part 1)

July 18, 2019

I spend the majority of my time in this space on planning and development, and what the residential construction industry talks about when we’re at city hall. This necessarily means talking a lot about new homes and new development projects, both inside and outside the greenbelt. But, there’s another side of housing activity that also…

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