Pride of Place

Pride of Place

Ottawa, Ontario • Full-Gut Main-Floor Remodel


About the Project

These clients had tried twice to get their dream kitchen renovation underway only to get stuck in the weeds with the myriad of choices and decisions required.  After much research and deliberation the husband gifted his wife one of our design consultation Gift Certificates for Xmas.  At the initial consultation, the clients shared with me that those 2 less than fruitful attempts had really damped their enthusiasm for their home, and maintenance of it was starting to slip.  As a designer, nothing tugs at me more than a home that doesn’t support the people living in it, and I could tell how dejected they both were.  But I could also see the space had potential!

Once the first draft was presented their excitement began to build at the real possibilities for their home and then the plan evolved and grew to include the whole main level and part of the 2nd level. That’s a lot of excitement right there!

Defining their style and aesthetic with custom cabinetry, earthy, organic, and tactile materials, and colours really brought out their excitement and restored their pride of place.


What They Wanted

  • A new kitchen
  • New appliances
  • Pantry with extra storage
  • Better functionality and flow
  • A new family room to support their gaming and family nights
  • A new modern fireplace
  • More Storage
  • New furniture
  • New flooring
  • New lighting
  • A place they could feel proud of again

What We Did

  • Gutted the main floor for a new layout
  • Reconfigured the kitchen and created a new pantry for appliances and loads of storage
  • New lighting and switching design to highlight the space
  • Created purposeful storage for all of their necessary equipment behind cabinetry doors
  • Selected materials to support their aesthetic; earthy, organic, tactile, calm
  • Located the large island for an unobstructed view of media in the family room
  • Designed a custom bronze pedestal to support the island extension for the new eating bar
  • New professional appliances
  • New lighting layout
  • A new modern fireplace with oversized porcelain slabs creates a dramatic focal point
  • Custom cabinetry flanking the fireplace for all of the gaming and storage needs
  • New motion furniture and accessories
  • New flooring throughout

What They're Loving

  • An incredible transformation from builder-grade floor plan and materials to an extraordinary kitchen and family room that surpassed their expectations
  • New professional appliances that make cooking exciting and a breeze
  • Extra and purposefully-designed storage for all the widgets and gadgets
  • An incredible island with the longest piece of granite available to accommodate an additional eating area
  • Custom cabinetry in two styles and materials that truly define their traditional yet modern aesthetic
  • Wonderful spaces to welcome and entertain family and friends
  • Pride of Place restored!

“Not only did you create beautiful spaces but ones that are much much more functional. Thank you so much for pulling everything together and helping us achieve our dream home!”

Dan & Marie / Ottawa, Ont.