This post is part of Kitchissippi Favourites, a series of sponsored profiles about some great local businesses. You can find them all in the May 26 issue of KT.
Domicile has made its name across the region as an urban infill specialist, building eco-friendly, community-sensitive homes in some of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods for four decades. Along the way, it has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence that is never taken for granted. As Domicile continues to focus on elegant urban infill, the award-winning company remains committed to creating townhome and condominium projects whose style and quality add even more charm to already lively urban communities in Ottawa.
Domicile is known as a pioneer – often the first to re-energize neighbourhoods – like Westboro, Little Italy, the Glebe, Beechwood Village and Wellington West, to name just a few. One of Domicile’s latest projects, The Kavanaugh building in Beechwood Village, gives you easy access to bistros, boutiques and bakeries, with downtown just minutes away. Move-in ready dwellings are also available at the lovely Bergeron Terrace in Chapel Hill, with two and three bedroom townhomes offering a perfect blend of upscale, luxury living with a great community atmosphere.
Currently under construction are two exciting new projects. Domicile’s boutique condominiums, the Corners on Main in Old Ottawa East will be completed in two phases with occupancy dates in 2017 and 2018. Just minutes from Ottawa’s downtown core, the Corners on Main will capitalize on a neighbourhood filled with greenspace, bike paths, boutique shops and farmers’ markets. Crème, at the intersection of Navan and Renaud in Orleans, offers a rural lifestyle close to the city, featuring spacious bungalow-style homes, two-bedroom loft homes and two-bedroom flats with a vibrant communal garden. Occupancy dates for these homes will be throughout 2016 and 2017.
“With each project, we approach the location with sensitivity, recognizing that our role is to build attractive dwellings that enhance the community,” says Domicile’s senior vice president, David Chick. “We work diligently to create harmony with the community by building homes of an appropriate scale whose owners are proud and are welcomed by neighbours.”
Domicile is confident in its craftsmanship and so committed to quality that it offers an Extended Warranty Plan. In an extraordinary move – the first in the industry – the company has chosen to double the standard Tarion one and two-year warranties, to four full years of coverage, included in the price of every new home. Domicile has been nominated three times in recent years for the Tarion Homeowners’ Choice Awards in the high-rise category and were the only Ottawa builders in the category this past year. With a win in 2011, and the following nominations (based on customer surveys), it’s clear their buyers’ satisfaction is a priority.
Environmental sensitivity is another key hallmark of Domicile’s development work. “For us, sustainability is not a catch phrase, it is a passion for good urban design and creating livable buildings, built for the long-term,” says director of business and development, David Renfroe. Following community input, Domicile embarked on an integrated design process involving engineering and design consultants, industry academics, and research experts with a common goal to design its latest project, The Corners on Main, to be as energy efficient as economically possible. As a result, it will be Domicile’s most eco-friendly building yet, with a target energy efficiency exceeding over 25% of current building code.
“The company has also taken another bold environmental stand. Since 2010, every Domicile building has been completely smoke-free. As David Chick notes, “we’re proud to be smoke-free ambassadors in the community and honoured to receive a Recognition Award from Ottawa Public Health for being the first and only builder in Ottawa to build new smoke-free housing.”
“Our success has come from our unwavering focus on designing and building homes that suit both the needs of our owners and the communities in which they have chosen to live,” adds David. “We feel it’s our mission to find and acquire the right properties and bring them to life through careful craftsmanship. We take great pride in the fact that we have been leading the charge on responsible intensification in numerous neighbourhoods. It’s been proven that where we build, others follow.”