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ottawa renovates spring 2017

Digging down to basics

It’s not necessarily an obvious thing. It’s not like a leaky window frame or loose shingles on the roof. But the foundation of your home, over time, deteriorates just like everything Read more...

Ask the Expert

Carolyn Munro of Carolyn Munro Designs, Kanata ( I have just bought a wonderful older house downtown. It’s full of charm and possibility, but the kitchen and bathroom are drab, dull, Read more...

Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association

Renovators’ Council Message from the Chair   Welcome to an exciting new year in the renovation industry. I’m glad to be part of the effort to educate the public through Ottawa Renovates, the Read more...

The Last Word

Design your outside world… and enjoy   By Herb Lagois As beautiful as the outdoors is in Ontario, outdoor living can be a challenge due to weather and insects. When designing a home, Read more...

Ask the Expert

Aviva Ben Choreen, Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), Laurysen Kitchens Ltd. (www.laurysenkitchens.com) “We have been trying to decide what kind of kitchen will suit our family. We haven’t had much luck, and Read more...

Get ready to cocoon in winter

You can be as comfortable in a snowstorm as you were at the beach last summer It’s grey. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s snowy. It’s dark. You’re about to leave the office, Read more...

The man behind the designs

He’s complex, talented, visionary, and clients love him By Francie Healy Excuse the mess, says renowned designer Gerhard Linse of his office and studio on Colonnade Road in Ottawa. But the “mess”, if Read more...

Make a beautiful space

… but be sure it works for you Adding space is one thing, says Designer Catherine Pulcine of CPI Interiors in Ottawa, but making sure it’s functional space is critical. If Read more...

Beware Mr. Handyman-down-the road

Get it right – and worth it – the first time The man wanted a shed, so he looked in the classified section of the paper. All jobs, reasonable cost, one Read more...

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I have just bought a Victorian house in the city. It has many of its original moldings and other lovely details, but it needs lots of work. I want to Read more...