The expert interior decorators at Interiors by Cefaloni bedeck homes with custom decor and savvy advice. Clients can explore design interests and coordinate purses with paint swatches with the help of a professional during a one-hour colour consultation ($90) or can simply embellish rooms with a wide range of wallpaper ($21.99+/roll). C2 Paint ($56+/gallon) swathes walls in eco-friendly hues, and laminate sheets ($52.35+/sheet) cloak countertops in a protective casing, like a titanium rain poncho. A form of self-stick decals, Snap wall art ($29.99) easily bonds to surfaces with novelty motifs and inspirational expressions. Today's Groupon may also be used toward larger purchases, such as Grohe bathroom faucets ($151.99+) or in-home vanity laminate countertop installations ($170.80+).
Busy Bee Tools equips its patrons with more than 5,000 different woodworking, metal, and power tools by brands such as DeWalt, Makita, Bosch, Freud, Craftex, Delta, and Porter-Cable. Digital calipers ($19.99) measure the precise distance between hanging portraits of Frank Gehry's protractor, and shockless hammers ($10.99) keep wayward nails in check. Suction-seal safety goggles ($3.99) and magnetic wrist bands ($2.49) ensure home repairs conclude without a glitch. A plethora of woodworking and metalworking implements avail themselves to creative projects from custom-whittled figurines to home-forged chocolate fountains.
Europe's Medieval and Renaissance eras were periods in which knights developed sophisticated systems for swordplay, martial arts, and looking really, really cool. Ottawa Swordplay's founder Craig Shackleton, who holds a degree in classical history, and his fellow instructor John Enzinas teach adults and kids to recreate the swordplay of these eras. They ground their curriculum in the research of Johannes Liechtenauer—who the instructors say unified the fighting arts of his time—and teachings from manuscripts that were compiled as far back as 1325.
After research sessions and discussions on sword theory, the instructors lead their students into a padded practice area for hands-on classes. They teach beginners how to grab hold of longswords—a two-handed weapon—and engage in unarmoured combat. Instructors Shackleton and Enzinas can also teach how to adapt these techniques to more advanced weapons, such as a German rapier, a single-handed weapon knights used while texting.
Maurice Yelle Ltd. can excavate plots for new home construction, install water and sewer services at that residence, and then stop by later to drop off a delivery of decorative stones and topsoil for the home's lawn. This full service makes residential and commercial construction efficient, explaining why the City of Ottawa hired Maurice Yelle to replace its lead water pipes. The company serves renovators, rehabbers, and repairmen by renting heavy-duty equipment and the services of a licensed operator. Maurice Yelle also sells decorative landscaping products to beautify properties.
Whether creating windows to the outside world or colouring the inside world, European Glass & Paint's team outfits do-it-yourself homeowners with paint and glass supplies, and also offers installation services. For more than 75 years, the supplier has stocked a collection of attractive wall coverings and paints in a rainbow of shades, along with the rollers, brushes, and adhesives to apply them. In addition to traditional windows, the shop's silica-shapers can be contracted to install windows, screens, window coverings, skylights, customized shower enclosures, and windows artistically stained with instructions for finding the hide-a-key.
Top Seal Ottawa tends to cracked and worn asphalt driveways and lawns stifled by compacted soil with equal aplomb, striving to give each home an inviting, like-new curb appeal. The lawn-care gurus specialize in core aeration for lawns, a service that breaks up compacted soil to give air, water, and nutrients easier access to the root system. Homeowners can also call upon them to lay down paving, repair cracks, or seal an existing surface to protect against wear & tear or radioactive sludge leaking from the neighbour's full-scale particle accelerator.