Timeless Ottawa Custom Home & Architectural Design
Picture this… a lovely family home on a spacious treed property, as beautiful, functional and comfortable today as it was when Jim first designed and managed the build of this custom home in Ottawa’s east end almost 30 years ago. It exudes a classic elegance and has stood the test of time as the family has evolved from a couple with young children through to “empty nesters” enjoying their retirement.
This custom-designed home serves Bill and Monique in Ottawa’s east-end Rothwell Heights neighbourhood. The secluded, estate-style property minutes from downtown Ottawa has been their home for three decades and it remains their dream home to this day.
“Having been disappointed in the past working with other designers, Jim was much better. He always lived up to what he promised. I trust Jim and he took care of everything.”
As you enter, you are welcomed into the soaring 2-story foyer. It’s grand, yet still feels like home, exuding warmth and familiarity. The generous closet space is convenient and practical for both family and guests.
The formal living room to your right invites you in for a friendly chat. The light-filled space with a 13’ cathedral ceiling is large enough for a group of 8-10 to gather but still perfectly proportioned to encourage intimate conversation.
Wide hallways give the custom home an open look and feel, provide space for personal decor touches and facilitate main floor accessibility for elderly family members and friends.
The spacious den comfortably accommodates a large desk, plenty of storage, plus built ins for their book collection along with a comfortable place to sit and read them. A large window gives the couple a view out to their lovely treed property.
A 20’ vaulted ceiling tops off a fabulous space for entertaining. Right next to the kitchen, the family room is both cozy and airy with high windows to bring the outside in and a fireplace to warm the toes on cold winter nights. A door to the backyard is tucked into the corner to give family and friends easy access to the custom-designed decks and patios.
With it’s island, modern layout, and sleek off-white cupboards, the original kitchen remains the heart of the home and, except for the countertop colour, the homeowners still feel no desire to redesign or change it. Almost 30 years after the original design and build, Monique and Bill remain very pleased with their home and how the original design choices continue to be both beautiful and functional.
“We’ve been amazed at how well this house has worked and how trouble-free it’s been. Every detail, colour selection, etc. are perfect. Black countertops are the only thing we’d change.”
Back in 1988, a ground loop geothermal heating/cooling system was cutting edge in the Ottawa area. It has since become the system of choice for high-end homes but Jim always tries to stay one step ahead of the crowd when it comes to designing energy-efficient custom homes. The system runs underground, looping in the front and back down 4.5-6’ to use the natural heating and cooling properties of the earth to maintain the optimal temperature within the home.
Says Bill,“It’s an efficient system. It’s a lot cheaper than gas and a lot cleaner than other heating and cooling systems.”
Jim Bell designed Monique and Bill’s home early in his career, but even then he recognized that listening carefully to his clients and spending the time upfront to truly understand their needs, wants and vision was the key to designing a home that would serve them well for years to come. As a project manager for this build and all of the hundreds of others over the years, he demands only the very best from suppliers and contractors.
Bill recalls, “During the build, the building inspector once commented that he didn’t know why he even bothered visiting the site, as everything was always perfect.” Jim believes that if you’re going to build a home or a cottage, you do it right! Nothing less is acceptable.
If you are embarking on the journey of building a custom home or cottage or you’re considering a major renovation, take a few minutes to chat with Jim Bell. He has over 30 years of experience making dreams come true for hundreds of very satisfied home and cottage owners. He will listen. He will help you to shape your vision. And he will gladly carry the burdens so that your journey is easier every step of the way. Connect with Jim today!