my passions
I love to renovate
I love to renovate

In 2007 David and I moved into a mid-century home (1973) designed by Ottawa architect Hank Kloosterman. Although beautiful, it required a few updates. My father was primarily a grain farmer but worked as a carpenter in his off-season (winter) and I wished I had learned more from him when I had the opportunity. Later in life, I realized I not only enjoyed doing home repairs but I was pretty good at them too. When it comes to renovating, David and I often work together on the concepts then I draw up the plans and do as much as I am capable of, but I know my limitations so we bring in the expert when the job requires one. The worst room in the house was the basement laundry room that we wanted to renovate so it could be used by the DBC staff. Today it is both inviting and functional.

One of the most transformational renovations was replacing the living room windows. The house faces the Ottawa River which has a section of green space across the street so we wanted to take advantage of the view. After a year of planning, we settled on taking the existing wood framed windows down to the floor and replacing them with industrial aluminum windows. We also had the walls removed on either side to add two more windows. The right side was divided into four smaller windows to provide ventilation. These modifications required a building permit consisting of before and after photos (thank you Photoshop), structural diagrams (thank you Illustrator), and a few forms (thank you Acrobat). We were extremely pleased with the results.