CloudLab comes to Vanier

An Ottawa-based design firm called prototypeD Team Inc, and the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area had an exciting joint venture opportunity this past summer. In July prototypeD launched the first of its innovative new CloudLab mobile studios in Vanier.

This is a net-zero energy mobile space that can be used for a variety of community purposes including educational workshops. They can be transported anywhere within North America. The mobile spaces are self-contained, solar powered, self-sufficient and loaded with the technology such as 3D scanners and printers and virtual reality goggles.

Each CloudLab studio is only about 400 sq.ft. but offers a series of other amenities such as public meeting spaces, planting beds, outdoor patio and rooftop gardens.

The CloudLab studio in Vanier held workshops on urban transformation and beautification and architectural conceptual design for key properties along Montreal Road in Vanier and the surrounding area.


Help design your dream kitchen

OakWood has created its first custom mill work design centre specializing in kitchen designs. It’s one of the first high-end cabinetry showrooms in central Ottawa. The showroom, which was designed by two award-winning designers, allows clients to visualize four different design styles and features that are unique to that style. Customers can design their own kitchens or the millwork for vanities and entertainment units.


By any other name…

Habitat for Humanity has a slightly new name. Previously known as Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region (NCR), it is now known as Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO).

The name change highlights the evolution of the non-profit’s territory in Eastern Ontario.

“Our organization is committed to continue serving families within the City of Ottawa,” says CEO Alexis Ashworth, “and we have now expanded our program with a new territory that spans from Petawawa to Hawkesbury.”

Since 1993, Habitat GO has built 47 homes, completed nine retrofits and housed more than 55 families in the Greater Ottawa area. This year, the organization is building five homes – four in Orleans and one in Overbrook.


Presenting… winners and finalists

  • National Bath and Kitchen Association (Ottawa)

Several Ottawa renovators were winners in the local National Bath and Kitchen Association (NBKA) recently.

For Creative Concept, Cartier Kitchens (with Mirian Delgado) won first and (with Kim Ozen) second place.

For Classic/Traditional kitchen ($20,000 to $39,999), Laurysen Kitchens won first (Paula-Norton-Moxon) and (Natasha Nash) second place.

For Classic/traditional kitchen ($40,000 to $74,999) CKC Group Ltd won first place (Brent Young) with Beaulieu Design (Charline Beaulieu).

For Contemporary/modern kitchen ($20,000 to $39,999) Laurysen Kitchens won second place (Wael Bakr).

For Contemporary/modern bathroom (up to $19,999), Hugh Trueman of Reno Rescue Ottawa won first place. (Please see our feature about Hugh Trueman, this issue of Ottawa Renovates.)

For The look for less (under $20,000), Laurysen Kitchens won first place (Wael Bakr).

The People’s Choice kitchen award also went to Laurysen Kitchens (Natasha Nash).

Shannon Callaghan, Copperstone Kitchens, won the Doris Lacroix Award. This is an award given annually to an individual or company for outstanding achievement and lasting contributions to the Ottawa NKBA Chapter and the Kitchen and Bath Industry.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association is a not-for-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry with more than 60,000 members across North America and Canada.

  • GOHBA awards finalists

In the upcoming 2015 Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association, many of Ottawa’s finest renovators have been named finalists.

For Renovator of the Year, the finalists are: Amsted Design-Build, Lagois Design-Build-Renovate; OakWood; RND Construction; and Sandy Hill Construction.

For other renovation awards, finalists include: Amsted Design-Build; OakWood; Sandy Hill Construction Ltd; Dunrobin Renovation; RND Construction;

Cromwell Renovation; First Avenue Renovation; Hamel Design Inc; White Vale Construction; Lagois Design-Build-Renovate; Laurysen Kitchens;

Ardington and Associates Design Inc; Chuck Mills Residential Design & Development Inc; Chinook Renovation; Crossford Construction; Capital Cellars; and Just Basements.