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11
Apr
2012

Yvonne and Les’ loft-to-bedroom conversion

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Day 1. Framing in the new bedroom.

Two renovation clients up next in the schedule both want the same thing: converting their 2nd storey open loft spaces into bedrooms.

First up is Yvonne and Les’ renovation in Barrhaven. Closing in their loft brings their bedroom count up from four to five.

This renovation took just three days. They chose a great paint colour to finish the space.

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Day 1: Just five hours into the renovation and the
fifth bedroom is quickly taking shape.

 

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Day 3. All done. Previously open space is now
a 5th bedroom.
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The new 8 x 13 bedroom is painted Behr Grasslands Green
and has a double closet.
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21
Mar
2012

Ed and Kate’s Stittsville, Ottawa flooring renovation

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Meet Thunder.

This week we started renovating Ed and Kate’s home in Stittsville, just west of Ottawa. This active family, with two young boys and young Bernese Mountain dog, are upgrading flooring in the home they bought a few years ago.

We’re tiling the entrance, kitchen and dining room, removing columns in the living room, then installing pine flooring throughout the rest of the house.

Ed and Kate ordered 3.5″, 4.5″ and 5.5″ pine flooring. It arrived yesterday.

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Day 5:  Don using Charcoal Grey grout on Home Depot Pasha Collection Lobby Grey porcelain tile.
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Day 6: reclaimed pine flooring going down. Check out the grain!
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Day 7: pine floors are down in the bedroom and closet, and part of the hallway.
Day 8 at Ed and Kate’s. Tile is done in the front entrance, mud room, dining room and kitchen. Reclaimed pine floors are down in the master bedroom and closet, and part of the hallway.
I may walk hunched over for a loooong time.
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Day 12: Stair and railing expert Rob Rowsell (613-863-2387) came this week to install the hand railings created custom to match the floors. Rob and I have worked together on a number of projects and I can’t recommend his work and integrity highly enough.

A few words from Ed and Kate:

Choosing Paul and his team to install our flooring was the best decision we made. We were unsure exactly what we wanted to do, other than a combination of tile and wood. During his initial consultation, Paul gave us excellent ideas to consider related to traffic flow, room set up and materials. Once the work started, dealing with Paul and his team was always a pleasure.

They were always on time, cleaned up thoroughly so we could live in what was a construction zone, and were extremely patient and flexible as we made minor adjustments to our “plan” along the way. The floor looks amazing, and we were so impressed that we asked Paul to then renovate our kitchen.

28
Jan
2012

Can a renovator learn to bake?

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They (whoever that is) say that an old dog can’t learn news tricks.

When I was 9 years old my granddad the Master Carpenter had me making chairs, but by age 36 I still hadn’t learned to cook or bake. This isn’t to say I couldn’t take care of myself… by eating out.

Three years ago I met a woman that loves to cook, so I started venturing into the kitchen. After successfully baking just one banana layer cake with cream cheese icing, all from scratch, I boldly challenged my sister-in-law to a bake-off.

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Chocolate orange mousse cake
with chocolate polka dot collar

It wasn’t a bright moment.

My sister-in-law bakes a regular stream of cookies and cakes for her husband and two sons. I chickened out of the bake-off-challenge and made her boys a simple bookshelf instead.

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Making a birthday dinner.

Fast forward three years and, at age 39, I’ve come a long way and am proudly rather self-sufficient in the kitchen.

Being able to cook AND living in Canada meant that the obvious next step was getting a BBQ. I am not exactly a “Grill Master” yet but, I’ll get there.

Who would have thought that I could have gone this long without experiencing the joy of cooking?

17
Dec
2011

Ian Capstick’s MediaStyle office renovation

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Before: MediaStyle’s new downtown Ottawa office space

We started working on MediaStyle‘s sunny new space in mid-December. In a prime downtown location, with floor-to-ceiling windows and brick walls, the space already checks a lot boxes design-wise.

Says Ian Capstick: “We took over the space on December 1st and just under ten days later started working on the space. The team interviewed eight contractors, a lot of them really qualified – we picked Paul Gratton of Fresh Reno because he’s a creative guy with a combination of technical skill and great people skills.

On day one the associate producer brought over delicious cupcakes, homemade by Ian Capstick, principal. Yes homemade. Baked goods got us off to a seriously good start.

On day one the associate producer brought over delicious cupcakes, homemade by Ian Capstick, principal. Yes homemade. Baked goods got us off to a seriously good start.

Day 2: Laying hardwood.

Day 2: Laying hardwood.

On day two, the owner of the salon and spa downstairs, concerned about all the noise, paid us a visit. It seems the banging and nailing associated with laying hardwood floors isn’t conducive to relaxing massages. So, we offered to start at 5 a.m. for the rest of the week.

In return for our sudden shift in sleep schedule, the salon owner offered us free services. We’re all bald. Well that was awkward.

Day 5: Hardwood complete.

Day 5: Hardwood complete.

By the end of the week we’d put down dark hardwood floors throughout 1,200 of the 1,700 square feet, created their new production studio and painted many of the walls.

Day 8: Kitchen Installation.

Day 8: Kitchen Installation.

Day 3: Applying 3D Wall Art tiles.

Day 9: Applying 3D Wall Art tiles.

During week 2 we created an Ikea kitchen in a previously bare corner. 3D Wall Art tiles (in “kites”) created a focal-point wall at the entrance and we started work on one of their two bathrooms.

Finishing touches in the collaboration space.

Finishing touches in the collaboration space.

The renovation is complete and the MediaStyle team have moved into the space.

Ian shared this great photo, taken by Justin Van Leeuwen, of the renovated and fully-furnished space.

Ian shared this great photo, taken by Justin Van Leeuwen, of the renovated and fully-furnished space.

Update January 25, 2012: Ian made a video of the renovation!

The Renovation: MediaStyle’s new home from Ian Capstick on Vimeo.

Update February 7, 2012: Check out this timelapse documentary of designer Ailsa Francis constructing the planter and giving a few lessons on in-door gardening. I created the mobile planter base.

MediaStyle’s Own Arizonian Landscape from Ian Capstick on Vimeo.

 

7
Feb
2011

“You can’t do that!” tile job.

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John and Alison Brophy’s tiled driveway.

Paul has proven himself to be extremely accomplished
and proficient in whatever he does. His thorough,
methodical approach coupled with his attention to detail
ensures complete satisfaction with every job.”

While living in the Canary Islands several years ago, John and Alison Brophy, owners of Flicks Bar, wanted their driveway tiled to match their backyard. While tile is a very commonly used material indoors and outdoors in the Canaries, we’d never seen it on a driveway.

“You can’t do that!” I was told time and time again. People were certain the tiles would break when a car rolled into the driveway and parked.
You can tile any surface so long as you employ the proper technique and consider the environment.
So we proceeded with the job. Even the construction workers across the street looked-on in disbelief as I tiled the entire driveway. Many years later John and Ali are still great friends and their tiled driveway hasn’t cracked.

Having now been a renovation contractor in Ottawa for several years, I don’t recommend it here when you consider our winters are a tad worse than in the Canaries.