Modern Interior RenovationRenovations
Our clients returned to us for this project which was limited to interior renovations of the ground floor, upper floor ensuite and bathroom renovations, and updating of finishes. Existing floor plan layouts did not meet present day functional living. Opening spaces, use of finishes and design elements such as coffered/beamed ceilings give this project the WOW factor.
The ground floor includes a new organized mudroom entry, functional-open concept kitchen, family room/eating area, formal dining room and living room (required as part of client’s profession), home office area and centrally located powder room. The second floor includes a new expanded ensuite, new laundry room, renovated main bath and second bedroom ensuite. By opening up spaces, introduction of natural light to the interior of the home was possible.
Instead of replacing the stairs, it was decided during the design stage to remodel the existing curved stairs and railings (due to budgets). Beamed ceilings at the front two storey entry add warmth and eliminate the stark, cavernous feeling. The dining room ceiling was challenged with an existing structural beam allowing for an elegant beamed ceiling design. An electrical fireplace was used (versus gas) to avoid overheating the space when entertaining. The formal living area features a re-surfaced wood burning fireplace, and crown mouldings. The kitchen island is furniture quality and complimented with contrasting coloured cabinetry, a glass tile backsplash and supplemented with a walk-in pantry. The mudroom area features furniture quality cubicles – excellent for family organization.
The second floor ensuite is spacious yet elegant. Early in the design stage it was determined that the toilet/plumbing should remain in their current position. The toilet was rotated 90 deg. enabling a shower to be added. A standalone tub, double basin vanity, linen cabinets and heated floors complete the ensuite. The new laundry area features built-in cabinetry and a tiled laundry pan with drain. Both upper bathrooms were also completely renovated.
Prior to starting construction, time and effort was spent selecting interior finishes. As a result the construction was very organized and efficient. Schluter Kerdi was used for a waterproof membrane for all tiled tub and shower surfaces. Schluter Ditra XL was used for floor tile underlayment so hardwood and tile levels are equal (as well as being superior and green). To reduce waste, existing hardwood floors were refinished instead of replaced. Existing cabinetry found new owners. All waste was sorted for recycling. Low flush toilets, water saver shower heads, low VOC paints and finishes were used. The existing heating system was properly balanced and an HRV was added for proper air exchange.
A fun, rewarding and sharp looking project. Looking forward to their next endeavour!
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!