The Mews Renovation

Ottawa, ON

The task was to take an existing 2,800 s.f. house which had a very dull and dated 1980's renovation and turn it into a spectacular Art Deco delight.

The house had originally been a bakery and had good bones, spacious rooms, well-proportioned windows, an open floor plan and a lovely second floor cut-out with a glazed atrium skylight above it. What was desperately needed was good stylish detailing with pizzazz. We gave the (previously) carpeted ground floor slab some rigid insulation and a new Parisian-style herringbone patterned oak floor. The house received all new interior doors, 3 sets of custom French patio doors with matching windows above, a new kitchen, new bathrooms, new linoleum and carpeting, new interior mouldings, a new plaster skim coat on surfaces, thorough painting and all new dramatic pot-lighting.

The existing narrow staircase was opened up and new wrought iron railings were installed. The existing ground floor planter box and the second floor atrium opening all received matching custom art deco wrought iron railings. In keeping with the Art Deco theme, the 4 existing small steel posts were clad to resemble large round lotus-fluted Egyptian columns. The new railings mimic the curves of the lotus-flute detailing of the columns, thus tying all the open plan spaces together.

Most of the existing closets and the kitchen were created with partitions, which fell short of the 12' high ceilings. We highlighted their object-like form by placing large curving crown mouldings around their tops. Adding a very deep crown moulding to the existing ducts and beams also created a dramatic coffered ceiling look. Additional finishing touches including adding a new Town & Country gas fireplace clad with a honed granite surround with sleek mitred edges. Custom built-in bookcases and desks were created for the library and two home-office rooms. A new custom kitchen with curved art deco crown mouldings, granite counter-tops and a tri-coloured basket-weave patterned linoleum floor complete the high drama.

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