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Housing Affordability in Ottawa has Deteriorated ‘Markedly’

May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020 – Housing affordability in Ottawa has declined from “affordable” in 2005 to “seriously unaffordable” in 2019 according to the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) and the Frontier Centre for Public Policy (FCPP). In anticipation of the City’s discussion on a growth management strategy for the new Official Plan, GOHBA asked FCPP…

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Mapping tells real story of proposed intensification, say Ottawa Home Builders

May 2, 2020

May 2, 2020 – The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) released maps of potential intensification areas in Ottawa’s core today to illustrate what a City of Ottawa staff’s recommendation to increase housing intensification from 40% to 60% could look like if it were to go ahead. “The City will not release maps that detail…

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GOHBA Statement on Residential Construction Restrictions

April 3, 2020

On April 3, the provincial government announced restrictions to residential construction and renovation activity – essentially ordering that current builds/projects could be finished, but no new ones could be started. Members of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) support the government’s move to combat COVID-19 while enabling the completion of already-started new homes and…

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RENOTOUR LOCATION #9 – GLADWIN BUILDING SERVICES

October 3, 2019

This ensuite makeover took a dated, inefficient space and transformed it into a modern, welcoming, and functional retreat. The ensuite was a generous size, but poorly laid out, with a tiny cave of a shower, an outdated platform tub, and an awkward makeup vanity. “The original bathroom was dark and closed in and there was…

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RENOTOUR LOCATION #8 – SKILBILT CONSTRUCTION

October 3, 2019

SkilBilt has a second project on the tour that showcases the transformation of an older home into the modern desire for an open-concept space. This project involved the renovation of both the first and second floors with the removal of load-bearing walls on the main level and an updating of the second floor, including adding…

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RENOTOUR LOCATION #7 – ARTIUM DESIGN BUILD

October 3, 2019

Faced with a space that had potential architecturally but hadn’t quite hit the mark, Artium sought to turn this bungalow into a home that really reflected the personality of the owners. Vaulted ceilings throughout created amazing shapes and shadows, says Artium owner Norm Lecuyer, but strong colonial detailing was competing with the style. Plus, the…

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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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