For anyone contemplating a renovation, the Ottawa Home Renovation Show,
held at the new CE Centre Jan. 20-22, was proof that Ottawa has plenty of resources.
There were contractors who deal with leaking basements to aging roofs and everything in between to transform your home and bring it up-to-date.
The first of six shows put on by Caneast Shows for 2012 proved that the new digs would ensure success for the grand scale events.
It took me a while to move past the entrance with the Boone/Mondeau booth showing off a Maax soaking tub that called to creating an elegant spa retreat in the bathroom. Boone Plumbing offered oodles of appeal to anyone looking to make over a bathroom. In fact, even for those who didn't think they needed a makeover, the Mondeau booth was inspiring!
Bringing some country chic to the show was MR Kitchens, with a combination of rich brown and black wood cabinets. The Carleton Kitchen and Bath booth displayed several project boards to reveal their obvious talents.
Ottawa Valley Kitchens went all out with an elegant white and grey combination that showcased lots of bells and whistles, while Poirier kitchens showed off slick contemporary styling.
And centrally located was Oakwood Builders, a major player in the home improvement market within the Ottawa Valley region.
The show offered abundance of opportunity to see what's new in the marketplace. Tiles were plentiful as they make their comeback in a grand way on the décor scene.
The Classic Tile and Marble booth displayed gorgeous glass mosaics in warm earth tones. If your budget doesn't allow for granite counters, but you want the look, then check out Granicrete Ottawa, who can create a concrete overlay on existing counters to mimic the look of granite. Of course, Merkley supply offered up the real McCoy with stone choices galore.
The renovation industry is adding pizzazz in all areas. We Do Closets showed off a clever small-space solution with a hidden desk bed. There's something unique for every room in the house. Lion's Gate Fine Furniture, out of Carp, displayed a show-stopping soap stone sink within custom cabinetry.
There was even something to whip the garage in to shape. Ottawa Garage Makeovers had an eye-catching display with a heavy-duty fire engine red unit that would give any handy man a charge.
The design industry is continuously evolving. The show was a superb opportunity for the local community to showcase their ability and address the need within the nations capital. Happy Renovating, Ottawa!
You can view a slideshow of this year's event here.
Watch for The Big Backyard and The Cottage Show coming to the CE Centre April 13-15.