Second Ave

Homes in Ottawa’s Glebe neighbourhood are rich with Heritage status and loaded with character.

The client wanted a modern update. At the same time, it was important to respect the history of the home and the vernacular of the surrounding classic older houses and locale while giving its interior a dynamic modern update.

Design Insight - Open It Up!

A simplified floor plan allows the homeowners to live and move freely. Living areas become brighter and more open.

A custom banquette accommodates daily eating and larger parties


A clean white palette is interrupted with a burst of the client’s favourite colour. The yellowy-green back painted glass backsplash pops and lends a freshness to the kitchen as a counterpoint to darker wood cabinets.

Work alcove

Work alcove

Whether its for an impromptu meeting or for a quick web search, it’s always good to have a workspace near the kitchen. We didn’t know how much more true that would be when we designed it in the ‘before times’.

Desigm Insight - Going Deep

What was lost is now found underfoot. Once submerged in the mighty Ottawa River, timber retrieved by a local manufacturer is now revived as the homes hardwood flooring.

Project Fun Facts

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Length of the custom banquette in inches.
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Above and beyond

Above and beyond

The new floor plan allows for unobstructed sight-lines throughout the home. Light travels fluidly and adds a sense of volume. Glass balustrades on the staircase continue the free flow of light to the upper level. Warm, natural-toned flooring grounds the design.

“The team took our 100+ year old house and with their architectural vision transformed it into a stunning contemporary home, while at the same time completely respecting its heritage in the neighbourhood".
Joanne Hall - client


Construction Manager: The Lake Partnership

Builder: The Lake Partnership

Photographer: Justin Van Leeuwen