Reno: Be­fore &Af­ter.

Ren­o­va­tion suc­cess story with a happy end­ing

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - WHAT’S INSIDE - Writ­ten by ARAINA BOND Pho­tog­ra­phy by MARK HOLLERON

Two lives come to­gether and cre­ate just the right space.

When Paulette Le­fevbre and Jamie In­rig de­cided to move in to­gether, they faced a bit of a dilemma. Jamie’s West Welling­ton Vil­lage home, where he’d been liv­ing for eleven years, was large enough for the cou­ple and the neigh­bour­hood was ideal but the home was in se­ri­ous need of a ren­o­va­tion.

Af­ter two years of search­ing for a new home, none seemed to have the charm and po­ten­tial of their cur­rent house, even though it was dark, gloomy and chilly with poor in­su­la­tion. But with all their chil­dren grown up, the cou­ple now needed a bet­ter space, not a big­ger one and the neigh­bour­hood was per­fectly suited to their ac­tive life­style with nearby ten­nis, squash, golf and cy­cling.

“Hav­ing been here for 13 years I have a lot of at­tach­ment to the house and to the street,” Jamie ex­plains. “No ex­ag­ger­a­tion, but Geneva Street is one of the gems in Welling­ton West. Peo­ple know each other and gen­uinely care about each other. For peo­ple like us, who feel that strong sense of com­mu­nity, staying and ren­o­vat­ing the house we had played a huge part in our de­ci­sion.”

Hav­ing acted as the con­trac­tor her­self on a pre­vi­ous home pro­ject, Paulette was no stranger to the com­pli­ca­tions that come with ren­o­va­tions. With a pas­sion for de­sign and dé­cor and a keen sense of style, she was ac­tively in­volved in the trans­for­ma­tion to keep the orig­i­nal char­ac­ter of the house while ac­com­mo­dat­ing her part­ner’s more laid-back ap­proach to liv­ing spaces.

The home’s his­tory was also a fac­tor in the de­sign by ar­chi­tect Nick Se­manyk of Ur­ban Keios. “We wanted to open it up and cre­ate some nice clean lines, but also not de­stroy the bones of the house,” he says. “We found a way to in­te­grate the two.”

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