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Airy, Minimalist Rejuvenation of an 1890s Ottawa Home

April 11, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JUSTIN VAN LEEUWEN

Crisp, all-white kitchen and decorative glass art catalyst to renovation.

Our Homes Ottawa Spring 2017A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Ottawa, p.46. Find local businesses in our Ottawa directory.


OUR HOMES Ottawa Spring 2017

Pulling this 120-year-old home into the 21st century has rejuvenated it with a light and airy interior. The homeowners of the Glebe neighbourhood home in Ottawa worked with Michele Villeneuve Design to plan and design the renovation, while Sunter Carpentry handled the implementation.

Anchoring it all are ash floors in a matte finish from Barwood Flooring Ltd. The work was far from just cosmetic; walls were insulated and a new furnace and ductwork installed by Francis Plumbing and Heating. And then there were the baseboards. Original to the house, the thick, dark ribbons of wood trim conflicted with the clean, light and minimalist aesthetic that was the goal. Each baseboard was removed, numbered and stored in the basement while the work progressed through the various stages, then reinstalled and painted with a matte finish to highlight their definition.

Neoform Art Cabinetry worked their magic in the kitchen, as well as on the custom cabinets in the mudroom and select finishings for the home, such as a plum-coloured display cabinet in the dining room. The all-white kitchen includes floor-to-ceiling cabinets on one wall with a white quartz island takes centre stage.

Decorative glass embellishments appear throughout the home by glass artist Delfina Falcão, including a glass mural of dainty flowers on the wall to one side of the kitchen sink and a minimalist glass shelf separating a pass-through from the kitchen to the dining room. 

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