Ian Capstick’s MediaStyle office renovation
|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 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.
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.
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.
The renovation is complete and the MediaStyle team have moved into the space.
Update January 25, 2012: Ian made a video of the renovation!
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.