Designed to preserve all the trees on the property, the 180-degree view of the garden offers a sense of ‘living in the forest’.

Cada Construction took over this custom home project at the insulation stage. In addition to repairs required, interior and exterior finishes were completed to the highest standard. Highlights include a transparent and floating steel staircase, decorative pergolas and a coveted wine cellar.

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As a result of a successful relationship between client, architect and contractor, the project was shortlisted as a finalist in the Most Outstanding Custom Home (Up to 3000 sq.ft.) category for the 2014 Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) Awards of Distinction.

It’s an outing you probably won’t want to miss – at least, not if you have any interest in seeing what a state-ofthe- art renovation looks like. They will be standing by, ready to meet you and to show you one of their stunning projects. You might think of it as an open door to possibilities and realities.

RenoTour is being hosted by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association Renovators’ Council and the Ottawa RenoMark ™ program. It is sponsored by well-known businesses in the area, including Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, Ottawa Renovates, Tego Bathroom Design Centre and Metroland Media.

Passports are $10, and proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization devoted to creating a safe and decent place to live for everyone.

Renovators often say the first thing you should do when you’re thinking of a renovation is homework. Homework means getting to know the best renovators in the region – their work, their tastes, their philosophies, their visions.

RenoTour is a chance to get a whole lot of homework done in a day. It’s also a good way to see, first hand, what dreams can become.

location1  – 31 Palisade St.

Palisade Residence

Centrepointe & Palisade Centrepointe Partner This home is prosperous with bathrooms and storage features. It now boasts a new ensuite bathroom, a walk-in closet, and a main bathroom. Tego has put great consideration into their designs in order to display the beautiful architectural features – especially the cathedral ceiling and arched windows. Each bathroom and closet contains custom elements and innovative solutions. The bathrooms have detailed plumbing and tile layouts. The result is beauty and practicality, a true balance of form and function.

Location 2 – Apache Crescent by 17 Apache Cres.

Before renovating, the owners felt an addition was the only answer to their lack of space. Amsted’s design team showed them their home had plenty of space, it was just hidden by a poor layout. The removal of several walls provides the family with an open-concept floorplan. Repurposing the dining room allowed the inclusion of a much needed mudroom, with adjacent laundry room. The kitchen was transformed from inefficient and dark to bright and functional, featuring an eat-in peninsula, granite countertops, glass subway tiles and soft-painted white shaker cabinets.

Location 3 – Kinnear by 32 Kinnear Street

The owners of this house wanted three key elements: bright, white, and wood. Carleton Kitchen and Bath installed white cabinetry with classic subway tile extending to the ceiling, which brightened the entire space and enhanced the height of the room. They removed dividing walls to create an open concept living space, and moved the kitchen to enable a natural flow of traffic. They also added a large window by the patio door, allowing natural light to flow through. They also added a powder room to the main floor.

Location 4 – Kinnear by 106 Bayswater Ave.

This home was once a oneand- a-half storey building with a slender frame. It is now a spacious two-storey with a new bedroom wing with bath and an open loft area. A spectacular curved staircase leads to a bridge that links up the two spaces. They overlook the dining area that is framed by a Zen stone garden. On the ground floor, there is a new kitchen, laundry and powder room as well as a new fireplace. A Green renovation, the home’s Energuide rating was improved from 57 to 82.

Location 5 – Kinnear by 106 Bayswater Ave.

The owners of this home wanted more efficiency and more room for family and friends. The Conscious Builder made this happen without changing windows or adding insulation to the front portion of the house (Next Project Phase). They also increased the square footage, created a large entertaining area, enlarged the master bedroom and added an ensuite bathroom as well as an extra bathroom for guests. The kitchen is now open to the rest of the house; there is a dropped sun room and glass railings that allow the light to flow through.

Location 6 – Kinnear by 106 Bayswater Ave.

This kitchen is designed to be used as cooking classroom by a trained chef. It was once dark and cramped, but Lagois opened it up and turned it into a bright and airy kitchen with ample storage. The windows optimized beautiful river views. The kitchen has four zones: one for prep; one for cooking and baking; a breakfast area and a cleanup area. Large windows on three walls provide for maximum natural light. The walk-in pantry is spacious, allowing the chef to be organized and have items close at hand. In the winter, this kitchen is cozy, warm and easy on the feet with in-floor heating.