The Cot­tage: A Work in Progress

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME DESIGNER AT HOME - Writ­ten by MARY TAG­GART Pho­tog­ra­phy by MARK HOLLERON


Dean Cail­lier of­fers this ex­pert ad­vice on ren­o­vat­ing an old cot­tage: “Tear it down!” Th­ese words of wis­dom come af­ter his years of work­ing to ren­o­vate and build onto an ex­ist­ing cabin, which is sit­u­ated on a heav­ily wooded prop­erty with a breath­tak­ing view of Lac Bernard.

With his wife Colleen, Dean bought the place nine years ago and they have been work­ing on it ever since. Luck­ily, as an ar­chi­tec­tural de­signer and owner of Tree House De­sign Inc., Dean knows what he is do­ing. But as a fa­ther of three daugh­ters, with a bud­get that didn’t al­low for a tear -down project, the need for space in a hurry over­shad­owed that al­ways an­noy­ing fifty-fifty hind­sight. ht.

THIS PAGE: The stun­ning set­ting and view sold the prop­erty; the new kitchen is by Ash­ton Kitchens; the cherry is­land is by Kris Cus­tom Fur­nish­ings; Dean re­lax­ing.


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