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2017 Reno Tour opens doors to seven high-standard stunners
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:08:11 PM »
2017 Reno Tour opens doors to seven high-standard stunners

On summer evenings, Julie Vaillant likes to watch the sunset from her freshly renovated front porch. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures, but it’s that much sweeter when she recalls her renovator, Casey Grey, is likely enjoying her repurposed former porch at his Manotick home. To build the west-facing fiberglass deck, Grey ripped out the […]

On summer evenings, Julie Vaillant likes to watch the sunset from her freshly renovated front porch. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures, but it’s that much sweeter when she recalls her renovator, Casey Grey, is likely enjoying her repurposed former porch at his Manotick home.


To build the west-facing fiberglass deck, Grey ripped out the original structure, complete with hundred-year-old wooden joists. But instead of throwing them out, he built a barn door, shelving, and harvest table for his family home.


“There’s a piece of my home in someone else’s,” Vaillant says. “I think that’s extraordinary.”


Recycling or reusing discarded renovation materials is part of the ethos behind Grey’s business The Conscious Builder, one of seven renovators taking part in Reno Tour 2017, happening Oct.15.


Hosted by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA), the event opens up Ottawa homes to showcase the design and expertise of local renovators who are part of their RenoMark program. RenoMark ensures renovators meet strict guidelines on aspects like insurance, workplace safety, warranties, and even customer service.


For Vaillant, some expert attention was needed on her Parkdale Avenue home. Built in 1917, the exterior was starting to look a bit run down.


“I wanted it to be modern but to keep the old soul of the place at the same time.”


In making over her triplex with tenants above and below her own second floor unit, Vaillant also wanted to ensure her $315,000 renovation budget would improve the home’s energy efficiency.


To start, Grey’s team tackled the dated and damaged stucco covering the second and third floor exterior.


To better insulate the top floors, two inches of extruded polystyrene styrofoam was added, and all joints were sealed with Siga Rissan tape, which then became the home’s air, vapor, and weather barrier. James Hardie cement plank siding was then added for a classic look, leaving the main floor’s exposed brick exterior intact, a nod to striking the balance between old and new.


New windows and doors were installed throughout, while gas fireplaces and heat pumps replaced the home’s baseboard heat.


“I have not used my baseboards this past winter,” Vaillant says. “My hydro bill is almost half by just using [the heat pump] in the winter.”


The crowning jewel to Vaillant’s renovation is her new sunlit kitchen. The dining room wall was torn down in favour of a kitchen peninsula, giving the room an open concept feel. White cabinets, Liverpool Argento backsplash from Céragrès, and a stone countertop make the space feel sophisticated. But it’s the white garden doors that open up to Vaillant’s east-facing back deck that take the cake.


559 Parkdale Avenue: Homeowner Julie Vaillant’s favourite new feature is the garden doors that open up to her eastern-facing back deck, perfect for sunrises.


“I have the sun coming into the house, which makes it that much brighter,” she explains. “I love sitting at my counter with my coffee and computer on the weekend. It’s just perfect”


Other stops on the tour


835 Dundee Ave. — Reno Rescue


835 Dundee Avenue: This post-war home felt small for its family. A 350 square-foot, single-storey extension was added, now the location of a family-focused kitchen. It’s large walk-around island is perfect for family meals and homework.


This post-war home felt small for its family. A 350 square-foot, single-storey extension was added, now the location of a family-focused kitchen. It’s large walk-around island is perfect for family meals and homework.


537 Browning Ave. — Amsted Design Build


537 Browning Avenue: The homeowners wanted a comfortable living space, which translated into creating a functional front entrance with enclosed porch, custom bench seating, and mirrored doors. In addition, the dining room wall was torn down, and the kitchen expanded in favour of a modern floor plan.


Homeowners wanted a comfortable living space, which translated into creating a functional front entrance with enclosed porch, custom bench seating, and mirrored doors. In addition, the dining room wall was torn down, and the kitchen expanded in favour of a modern floor plan.


117 Waverley St. — ARTium Design Build


117 Waverley Street: This home’s transformation saw the second floor walls knocked down, and the kitchen relocated. The dramatic focal point is the updated steel staircase, now widened and featuring reclaimed birch treads and stainless-steel rods to the ceiling.


This home’s transformation saw the second floor walls knocked down, and the kitchen relocated. The dramatic focal point is the updated steel staircase, now widened and featuring reclaimed birch treads and stainless-steel rods to the ceiling.


314 Atlantis Ave. — Laglois Design-Build-Renovate


314 Atlantis Ave.: This war-time home was simply not big enough for its young family. Laglois reimaged it as a three bedroom and two-and-a-half bath home, with open concept design and large front porch — perfect for hanging out with neighbours.


This war-time home was simply not big enough for its young family. Laglois reimaged it as a three bedroom and two-and-a-half bath home, with open concept design and large front porch — perfect for hanging out with neighbours.


1927 Fairmeadow Cres. — RND Construction


1927 Fairmeadow Crescent: Originally, a dark and dated kitchen, this 185 square-foot addition is an elegant and functional update. The enlarged kitchen includes a window-facing island, and a large window that floods the space with natural light.


Originally, a dark and dated kitchen, this 185 square-foot addition is an elegant and functional update. The enlarged kitchen includes a window-facing island, and a large window that floods the space with natural light.


14 Zokol Cres. — Gladwin Design-Build-Renovate


14 Zokol Crescent: This renovated basement features a dramatic red wall that creates a stark contrast with the natural gas fireplace. Gladwin crafted dedicated spaces including home theatre, games area, bar, fitness studio, and powder room.


This renovated basement features a dramatic red wall that creates a stark contrast with the natural gas fireplace. Gladwin crafted dedicated spaces including home theatre, games area, bar, fitness studio, and powder room.



 


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If you go:

What: A self-directed tour that showcases the design and expertise of seven Ottawa renovators from GOHBA’s RenoMark program, with proceeds going to Greater Ottawa Habitat for Humanity.

When: Sunday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets: $10, available at either of Habitat’s ReStores (768 Belfast Rd. and 7 Enterprise Ave.), online at http://www.renotour2017.com, or at any of the tour’s homes on Oct. 15.

Bonus: The renovators will be at each of the homes to answer any questions.

Information: www.renotour2017.com


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