Mondeau Bathroom and Kitchen:Everything at your fingertips

By Francie Healy It’s stunning. Jaw-droppingly beautiful. And to think it grew out of an 80-year-old plumbing wholesale company. “flagship” showroom on Algoma Road, a division of Boone Plumbing, is 12,000 sq. ft.

Fitting function and form into everyday life

By Francie Healy With plenty of talent and solid years of experience, residential designer Suzanne Martin has reason to boast. But she doesn’t. Her renovation projects speak for themselves. They have won

Corporate profile: Laurysen Kitchens — Still in good hands

For more than 45 years, kitchens in Ottawa and beyond have been transformed thanks to an innovative couple from Ottawa. Back in 1970, John and Adri Laurysen started a custom cabinet

The Last Word: How the puzzle fits

By Herb Lagois Earlier this year we were invited to our friends’ home. On their dining table was a partially assembled puzzle. Typically, the border was mostly done, some of the

Designer profile Penny Southam

What she does best By Francie Healy The nicest thing about Penny Southam's clients is that they get it. They go into a relationship with her knowing and expecting their project will be

OakWood: Inspired by the past . . . Looking to the future

Ottawa’s largest and most established full service renovator ha returned to its roots with new high quality services focused on smaller projects. "When our customers talk, we listen. That direction was the genesis

Potvin Kitchens and Cabinetry: Celebrating 35 years of family and quality

Some people go to big-box stores to select their kitchens or baths. They choose from a whole catalogue of cabinetry created en masse in a factory. They can have anything they

Great care makes great bathrooms

BY FRANCIE HEALY At, everything comes down to one thing: The customer. The company has been around since 1988. It has won awards and created beautiful, innovative bathrooms – works of art,

Thermal comfort: More than just temperature

Green renovation by Roy Nandram Energy efficiency is only effective when you are comfortable. When you’re not, you’ll probably seek alternative means of heating and cooling: electric space heaters and cooling

What’s next with OakWood? …Everything

By Mark Buckshon As OakWood, Ottawa’s leading renovation contractor, prepares to celebrate its 60th year in business, you might expect some selfcongratulatory messages. Not so with this family-run business. Never content to toot