2015 OHBA & GOHBA & 2016 CHBA Finalist - Chef Ready Kitchen RenovationRenovations
2016 Canadian Home Builders Association’s National Awards for Housing Excellence – Kitchen Renovation – $65,000 and Over
2015 OHBA Finalist – Most Outstanding Kitchen Renovation
2015 GOHBA Finalist – Custom Kitchen 241 sq. ft. Traditional, $75,000 and more
The key to a great design is being able to overcome challenges and budget constraints creatively while still meeting the client’s requests. We did just that in this chef-ready kitchen with a modern French farmhouse vibe. To transform the kitchen in this 1900’s era home into a space suitable for a trained chef to use as his cooking classroom, our design included a small addition and reconfiguring and maximizing existing space.
The existing kitchen was dark, cramped, sensitive to extreme temperatures, and stood out aesthetically from the rest of the home. To be honest, its design seemed like an afterthought. One of the most obvious flaws was the powder room in the kitchen. We had a few obstacles in creating a light and airy kitchen with plenty of storage, most notably the house being in a floodplain and under RVCA jurisdiction. Plus the homeowners purchased their appliances before the design started!
To maximize natural light and airflow, since air conditioning was not an option, our addition replaced the inefficient solarium with usable space and several windows. Three walls are purposely without wall cabinets to allow maximum natural light. To improve indoor/outdoor integration we added expansive 8’ patio doors with custom stain to match existing trim and floors with a scrubbed finish. To accommodate the home’s existing boiler heating system, in-floor hydronic heating with “quick track” was chosen. Ensuring level floors between the old and new flooring was difficult but feasible with careful installation. Structural beams presented a challenge to our plan to raise the ceiling. As a solution, we featured the beams as an architectural element enhancing visual interest.
The new space is divided into zones: prep area, cooking & baking, breakfast area and clean up zone. Each has conveniences such as a pullout garbage bin or pullout spice & condiment racks. The massive island holds the dishwasher, warming drawer and second sink, and accommodates seating for four. This zone design allows more than one cook in the kitchen and will serve as a functional teaching environment.
In keeping with the age of the house, traditional details such as column legs, a china “hutch” area, large top moulding matched with existing, and scalloped kicks were added to the design. Stained glass from a local antique shop creates a focal point at the widened dining room entry. Oversized, lighting at the island and menu board has a vintage feel.
The wall cabinetry is a custom paint finish and has a complimentary glaze at the island. This combination provided warmth without darkening the room. The quartz countertop added a contrasting sparkle and shine for extra interest. The backsplash design features a pillow cut tile in an offset pattern to reflect light.
The new modern kitchen has completely transformed this home by improving the functionality of the first floor, connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces, and allowing for light and airflow that previously did not exist. The homeowners couldn’t be more pleased with the results.
We’d like to recognize our trade partners who worked on this whole house remodel:
Laurysen Kitchens who assisted with kitchen layout and selections.
Catherine Leibe worked hand in hand with Lagois on the kitchen and finishes selection. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc LallierPresident / A.M. Sharp Framing Ltd.
We have been working with Lagois Design Build Renovate for the past nine years. My experience with this company over the years, has always been a positive one. Lagois Design Build Renovate promotes safety according to it’s most recent regulation. Working directly with the site supervisor on every project makes our job progress go forward without any delays. Team work is encouraged with all of their trades. Most importantly, is their commitment to their customers – to have the job done with high quality standards and on schedule!
Jeff & Marilyn, Manotick
Herb and his staff were extremely professional, provided design alternatives, properly and very well executed contract with trades and suppliers who were tops.
Faith and Len, Ottawa.
We are extremely pleased with the work that Lagois’ team did. The workers were excellent and as my husband and I were both working, they had the run of the house and did not mind our three dogs and the cat.
I have had the pleasure of using the services of Lagois Design Build on several occasions over the past 15 years. 2 jobs in particular stand out, a complete basement renovation and a kitchen, family room and living room renovation. This involved new hardwood floors, trim, shelving units and a new gas fireplace installation with mantle etc. I have always found the staff to be very polite and professional, the quality of the work has been excellent. Herb and his staff are very innovative and have excellent ideas for various situations. I have no hesitation in recommending and using Lagois Design Build for future work.”
We would highly recommend Lagois Design Build Renovate to anyone looking to renovate or build a new home
10 years later we consider the project successful and a pleasant experience. The occasional subsequent contact on other matters they remain helpful and a pleasure to work with.
We had Lagois do an extensive interior renovation for us in 2008. When we were ready to tackle an exterior renovation in 2014 we went straight back to Lagois. We did not consider another designer/contractor since we had been so pleased with the quality results and focus on customer service in the first project. We knew from experience that Lagois truly wants to make the customer happy as they are always ready to listen to any concerns and find a solution.
We were extremely pleased with the entire process, from quoting through to the final walk-through. Herb and his team (Sophie, Chris, Tom, Andrew, Jim – and more!) were super to deal with. They listened to our ideas, asked thoughtful questions, and were receptive to our responses, even when we might not have gone with their suggestion. There were no major problems; and all minor problems were addressed promptly. All my questions were answered within 24 hours – often sooner. Someone was available on site pretty well every day and we had weekly meetings to address decisions that needed to be made
George & Sharon A
Herb Lagois and his staff helped my wife and I achieve our dream retirement home/B and B more than the architect we had worked with for 6 months. Supportive, thorough, and always professional, their product was recognized by Ottawa Home Builders with an award for Barrier-free design. The photos at www.323Wallace.com speak volumes about their work.
Tom & Sandra B.
When the work was finished, Herb again showed up to do his final review of the work with us, at this point my wife made a statement that “Herb is the Mike Holmes of Ottawa”, and I fully agree with her. Herb made this issue just go away with minimal stress on us.
Dennise AlbrechtDirector, Partnerships and Advocacy / Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
On Behalf of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, I want to thank you for your generosity in helping construct “the arbour”. This beautiful arbour marks the entrance of the Butterfly Garden, a special place for families to honour children of all ages who died. Your kind contribution had made such a difference and will be honoured by family and friends for many years…
Carol HoustonExecutive Director / Ronald McDonald House Ottawa
Once again, I am at a loss for words to adequately thank you Herb, Connie and everyone at the Lagois office for a wonderful day of golf. The money raised from this year’s tournament is going into installing a new floor in the kitchen that is badly in need of replacement. Truly Lagois Drafting and Construction is leaving it’s mark on the House!
Carolin and Trent (Manotick, Ontario)
We are writing this letter to thank your company and team of professionals for the outstanding design and construction of our three season room and deck addition to our home last fall. Taking a homeowner’s ideas and translating them into tangible drawings to create a beautiful and well-designed project clearly represents one of your firm’s greatest strengths. Your team’s ability to plan and construct a well-built atheistically pleasing and functional addition that seamlessly integrated into the existing look and feel of our home exceeded our expectations…
Happy Ottawa Client
We are delighted that we made the finals. And we are even more delighted with the wonderful home that Herb and your firm have designed and shepherded us through all of the bureaucratic hurdles necessary to get it built. We love living in the spaces you have created for us. So many thanks!
Rob K, Ottawa
I had Lagois do some renovations on my home and was blown away with the work. The workmanship looks like something you would see on TV. Second to none. The job was done quickly and on budget. I could not complain about any aspect of the job. Definitely recommend Lagois to anyone looking for drawings or renovations!