Ottawa Custom Home – Family Home to Empty Nester Paradise Part 3

This article has been updated. Please see Family Home to Empty Nester Retreat – Renovating for the Empty-Nester Lifestyle.



Join us to learn more about Empty Nester renovations… week #3. Your children have finally left the nest and you are considering your options. You’ve been considering a move to a new home in the Ottawa area that is more suitable for your Empty Nester lifestyle, but you love your neighbourhood. Your neighbours have become good friends and you enjoy the familiarity of local businesses and amenities; so you don’t want to leave and start all over again in a new community. Well, you don’t have to move! Renovate instead!

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 10.09.59 PM During the month of May we’ve been exploring several ways that you can turn your family home into a space more suitable for Empty Nesters, a custom-designed home that will make life easier now as you move into a new stage of life and for many years to come as you age gracefully in the place you call HOME.

The details, large and small, are what can make or break the success of a custom home renovation. Today we look at just a few of the details to contemplate on your renovation journey. We can guide you every step of the way; so there is no need to embark on the journey alone!


When you reconfigure your space, the flooring usually needs to be replaced. Eliminate or reduce as many flooring transitions as possible and smooth out the differences in thickness and surface types to reduce the risk of trips and falls. And as an Empty Nester, choose those gorgeous, luxury finished you’ve always wanted but were afraid to get. Without the wear and tear of children, your choices are endless and we can help you find the perfect flooring for your “new” home.

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Make life easier by replacing door knobs with lever handles throughout your home. Levers are easier to operate than door knobs, especially for those with arthritis. They’re also much easier to open when you have a large load of laundry in your arms!


New LED lighting allows for brighter lighting at a lower operating cost and with longer service life. Not only will you be able to see more clearly, but you’ll rarely have to change a lightbulb. The choices have improved greatly over the last few years and LED technology provides the flexibility for incredible creativity and beauty in lighting fixtures. We’ll work with you to find the best options for your home.

Hundreds of small details go into planning a truly efficient, functional and beautiful interior renovation. You don’t have to navigate the complexities on your own. Jim Bell has the expertise and 30+ years of architectural design experience to design a spectacular home to serve you now and well into the future. Take a look at what he has created for his clients, and contact him for a no-obligation consultation.

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