Renovators all seem to say the same thing. The first step in a renovation is doing your homework. And the first task of renovation homework is getting to know the best renovators in the region – their work, their tastes, their philosophies, their visions.

And so Ottawa Renovates presents Reno Tour. We think it’s the perfect way to size up the work of several superb Ottawa renovators.

Reno Tour is your open door to ideas, inspiration, and possibilities, where you can see first-hand the completed renovations of several Ottawa homes.

In past Reno Tours, the homeowners, along with their renovators, invited you into their homes to see and feel their new spaces.

This year, because of COVID-19, it’s no longer possible to do in-house visits, but we have the next best thing. Better, in some ways.

This year Reno Tour is virtual, thanks to Point3D, a company that uses cutting-edge technology to create a digital, interactive experience so you can seamlessly navigate a space as if you were actually there.

You’ll be able to see inside these homes and “move” from space to space to get a complete view of their renovated interiors. In this way, you can visit and re-visit each place as often as you like during the tour period.

Participating Renotour contractors include:

  • Amsted Design-Build (2 locations)
  • Carleton Kitchen and Bath (2 locations)
  • Carolyn Munro Design
  • Gladwin Building Services
  • Just Basements
  • Lagois
  • Design Build Renovate
  • RND Construction

Proceeds from donations go to Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa.

Habitat for Humanity is a national, non-profit organization devoted to creating a safe and decent place to live for everyone.

When you visit Reno please donate $10 or more to this great cause. All proceeds go directly to Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa.

Location 1: Amsted Design-Build: An Entertainer’s Dream

Amsted renotour 1                     613-836-7434

The homeowners were looking to get rid of the dark look and feel of their existing home in favour of an open floorplan with better flow. What the Amsted team created was an entertainer’s dream space. This whole-home renovation features a new open-concept kitchen and sunroom, updated living room, added powder room, redesigned staircase, and a fully-finished basement. It includes beautiful features such as a two-tone open-tread staircase with glass walls, three-sided fireplace, and a gourmet kitchen with views of the homeowners’ award-winning backyard. From top to bottom, the home is ready to both live comfortably and entertain easily.

Location 2: Amsted Design-Build – Craftsman Show-Stopper

amsted 2                     613-836-7434

The Amsted team, in collaboration with StyleHaus Interiors, converted what was originally a 50+ year old brick bungalow with a largely unusable second floor space into a “show stopper” Craftsman home with a clean, transitional interior. Amsted reconfigured the main floor, finished the basement, and removed the existing 2-bedroom second floor, replacing it with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms including a Master Suite. The exterior was also completely redone, with new stone and pre-finished wood siding (board & batten and shingle siding) with decorative corbels and craftsman detailing for a beautiful finished result both inside and out.

Location 3: Carleton Kitchen • Bath • Design • Build — Serene Home on the Water     613-253-0080

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This kitchen renovation with  main floor upgrades had significant challenges – for instance: despite a heated concrete floor, finding a way to hide electrical to the new island cooktop; and a small kitchen that needed to include tall appliances and a wine bar. The home also needed increased storage space, since there is no basement.

The homeowners wanted to capitalize on a beautiful view of a property surrounded by water. A glass railing, clever under-the-stairs storage, better design for the laundry area and separate areas for wine and cooking made this home feel more open and balanced.

Location 4: Carleton Kitchen • Bath • Design • Build – Gem on Hidden Lake

carleton kitchens renotour site 4  613-253-0080

The homeowner wanted Carleton Kitchen and Bath to design and install an eclectic, show-stopping kitchen fit for a trained chef and perfect for entertaining. Copper sinks as well as a very large, artisan-style island were in order, with deep colours throughout to suggest a moody, masculine space. The sculptural live wall completed the space and provides fresh herbs year round. The homeowner also wanted an ensuite master bedroom with outstanding artistry. Carleton Kitchen and Bath designed a magnificent granite shower wall, giving the space the feeling of a spa-like grotto. They also designed the additional bathrooms and provided the millwork in this beautiful custom home on the lake.

Location 5: Carolyn Munro Design + Build – Kitchen Make-over

Carolyn Munroe 5          613-831-9984

This country home located outside the village of Stittsville was built in the 90s. The cherrywood kitchen was a beautifully crafted u-shape kitchen with a raised bar area and has now been redesigned to include a raised bar area and an island. The homeowners still enjoy their traditional style of home and wanted to re-use the existing cherrywood cabinet doors  where possible. While maintaining a traditional style, the kitchen cabinets will now be a mix of white with a slight glazed finish, and cherrywood. The upper cabinets had an existing crown moulding which was altered to include a sculpted wood moulding to make the crown stand out even more. A black granite countertop was selected for the island with a lighter granite on the perimeter wall cabinets, with a matching granite backsplash.

The new cherrywood-finished island includes a sink and turned corner posts and will be the centerpiece of the kitchen.

PLEASE NOTE: Finished photo not available at time of print publication BUT Check out this project at Reno later in October for the opportunity to Walk Through the New Kitchen!

Location 6: Gladwin Design • Build • Renovate – From the Bottom Up

gladwyn 6             613-592-8822

Gladwin Building Services Inc was tasked with transforming a 50-year-old, three-bedroom Cape Cod into a five-bedroom home for a blended family. First was the basement. Gladwin added some light and style along with two bedrooms, a bathroom, and an inviting hangout space for the kids. A 70s-era bar became an inviting place for relaxed downtime. The dark, outdated, kitchen became bright and fresh for the production of tasty meals for this growing family. The drab fireplace became the focal point of the living room. A screened porch off the dining room connects the inside to a cottage-style backyard oasis.

Location 7: Just Basements – Epic Entertaining

just basements 7 on tour              613-836-0306

Ever wonder what would happen if you decided to go wild and make the basement of your dreams? That was the task these homeowners gave to Just Basements. As the homeowners’ children continue to grow, their goal was to create the “it” place for years to come. To achieve this, Just Basements explored it all – a theatre, wet bar, wine cellar, fitness, billiards, bathroom, lounge, and more.

The concept for this space began with a barnwood wine cellar the customer came across in Montreal. Just Basements built up from there, boldly using moody colours and lots of texture, from matte black bar cabinetry and concrete-look quartz counters to smoky hues on the walls in the lounge, fitness, theatre and wine cellar. Dark elements throughout anchor the design and provide contrast and drama.

Although it’s a large basement, fitting the wish list still posed numerous challenges in working within the existing footprint of the foundation. Just Basements tucked the main bar strategically under the main staircase, hiding the angle with upper cabinetry, and they took advantage of space under the back stair to create a small wet bar for the theatre. In the fitness room, to gain as much space as possible, they created a clever hidden door in the barnwood wall to access the furnace for servicing.

Building from the wine cellar, they tactfully repeated barnwood elements throughout in a contemporary way. Just Basements wanted to achieve texture without having too much of it.

Noteworthy details in the space are endless – from the live edge walnut bar slab and custom barn door, to the raised bar at the theatre. The barnwood portico and horizontal wood combined with cold rolled steel at the fireplace move your eye across the space, allowing you to take in all that this amazing details this basement has to offer.

Location 8: Lagois Design·Build·Renovate – Tranquility on the River

location 8             613-489-2345


Before renovations, the home lacked natural light, did not take advantage of river views, had dangerous stairs at the entry, lacked closet space, had awkward living spaces with an outdated non-functional kitchen, was without an entrance from the garage, and had outdated bathrooms plus a shower in the walk-in closet.

Furthermore, the owners were frustrated they could not entertain due to awkward spaces and being isolated in the kitchen. There were unique features and challenges. Relocating stair location and removing the interior kitchen wall opened up the entire space. Introducing a rear wall of glass that optimized river views introduced an abundance of natural light. The kitchen, with adjacent homework area, provides a usable space for the entire family and solves being isolated when entertaining. A garage entry mudroom allows easy access from the garage. The front entrance features a walk-in closet. An added bonus is the laundry on the main level. No shower in the walk-in closet!

The entry, kitchen, dining, mudroom all have in-floor hydronic heating for the ultimate in comfort.

Location 9: RND Construction – 2020 Art Deco

RND location           613-532-8598

The renovation of this 1970’s home sought to create a stronger indoor-outdoor connection, while minimizing its effects on the natural environment through extensive energy efficiency upgrades. The home’s beautiful exterior space is now connected to the interior space through large floor-to-ceiling windows across the rear of the home. The floorplan has been completely revised to incorporate a more open-concept design, which allows the interior space to be flooded with natural light.

Overall, the energy-efficiency measures have reduced the home’s annual energy consumption from 403 to 104 GJ/year – a 74% reduction. This home is now 43% more efficient than a similar new home built to the Ontario Building Code. Renovations have reduced the greenhouse gas emissions of this home from 18.8 to 3.4 tonnes/year.