Making The Best Of A Bad Situation

The project at Glynn Avenue proved to be a challenging renovation. Our clients were looking for an affordable second home in Ottawa. They lived in a lake house more than an hour drive from their work. They wanted to keep the lake house, and were able to find an affordable townhouse in Overbrook South. When they first walked through the house on a warm day, all the windows were open and they didn’t pick up the overwhelming smell of cat urine that (unfortunately) met them when they opened the door the next time – this time as homeowners. Needless to say, it was a disaster. There were several cats that created significant damage, and the new owners had no choice but to get rid of the smell.

By the time all the affected areas were removed, the homeowners were looking at an empty shell. They chose Revision Built to rebuild and make it new again. We were up for the challenge to make the best out of their terrible situation. If it was done right, the homeowners would certainly increase the value of their property, and live in a beautiful new home.

The owners took the opportunity to improve on the floor plan and were given a modern new design that would suit their style and needs incorporating a lot of wood, stone and tile. To open up the main living space, we removed a wall separating the living room and kitchen, and because it was a mechanical wall there was a lot of behind-the-scenes relocation of wires and pipes which we ran through the kitchen island.

The house has an unusual floor plan upstairs, with two large master bedrooms, both with large ensuites and tubs. We re-designed one of the bathrooms by removing the tub, relocating the sink, enlarging the shower and adding a 14” sun tunnel. We included heated floors in both bathrooms, custom tile and glass showers, stone countertops and upgraded fixtures. We also improved their storage closets in the bedrooms by removing the basic sliders.

At a glance, here are some of the major renovation tasks Revision Built completed:

Demolition of affected structure

  • Over 60% of all subfloor was removed due to contamination
  • 16” drywall and insulation was removed at perimeter walls, including some framing
  • All trim, moldings and doors (all millwork) was removed
  • Replaced affected ductwork – damaged during the removal of other materials
  • Entire front entrance / powder room stripped to bare joists and (24” from bottom) walls


  • Applied BIN shellac sealer, two coats, to all affected areas
  • Framing and backing, including additional floor joists to support new subfloor
  • Installed new OSB subfloor, glued and screwed (no more squeaks)
  • Framed and provided backing to replace studs that were removed
  • Applied new insulation and vapour barrier
  • Drywall and finish, primed and sealed all new materials


  • New finishes applied everywhere


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