Go ahead. Dream. The experts did.

By Francie Healy

We’re celebrating! This issue marks the 5th anniversary of Ottawa Renovates Magazine. It’s a proud milestone, although to tell you the truth the time has passed in the blink of an eye. Guess that’s what happens when you’re having fun. And we have had fun.

We have worked with the best of the best in the renovation industry in Ottawa. We have been privy to their advice and counsel on topics ranging from basements to attics and everything in between.

Their expert knowledge appears in these pages once again. We hope you’ll read what they have to say and take their professional expertise to heart. These people aren’t just good. They’re superb. You won’t find any better anywhere.

To mark this fifth anniversary, we thought we’d have a bit of fun. We decided to imagine what it would be like to renovate a house according to the visions and dreams of some of these experts.

The house doesn’t actually exist, of course. It’s just an imaginary house. But when we talked to the experts about the way they’d renovate it, the house seemed to come to life, to take on a character of its own.

So we’re calling it Your House. Close your eyes, and imagine. We think you’ll like it.

We asked Herb Lagois, owner of Lagois Drafting and Construction, Inc. (and author of “The Last Word” in this magazine) to tell us what he might do with a family room addition.

Gary Singh, President of Singhko Inc., told us about the fabulous basement he’d create.

Lori Di Saverio, owner of Cartier Kitchens Ottawa, envisioned a gorgeous kitchen.

Sarah Stott, designer at Westend Bath and Kitchen Centre, came up with a magnificent main bathroom.

Veronica Druta, designer at Dalton Distinctive Renovations, dreamed of a suite to enchant and welcome guests.

Penny Southam, owner of Southam Design, decided your house needs the magic and art of glass to make it sing.

Gerhard Linse, owner of Gerhard Linse Design Inc., envisioned a living room to come home to at the end of a long day.

Carolyn Munro, owner of Carolyn Munro Design, described the ultimate master bedroom to wake up to and retreat to in sweet comfort.

You’ll find ideas in their dreams, and in the expertise of many experts highlighted in this issue. We think you’ll be inspired.