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Our once design-cautious city is more open to a rainbow of ideas than ever as this year's awards celebrating the Ottawa housing industry show.

Modern design may be the heavyweight on the Ottawa housing scene, but diversity is calling the shots if winners at the 31st annual Housing Design Awards are any indication.

From the clean lines of contemporary minimalism to an Arts and Crafts renovation and the funky mid-century-influenced decor in a sleek downtown model condo, Saturday night’s awards gala at the Ottawa Convention centre was a celebration of both design variety and excellence.

The awards are hosted by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association and sponsored by the Citizen.

“There’s a real creative use of space (in Ottawa),” Toronto-based Ani Bogovic, one of this year’s judges, said in a pre-gala interview. A business development manager with Homes Publishing, she was speaking about infill projects, but her words apply equally to the broader housing scene. “Ottawa’s going a little bit modern but with a good balance of modern and traditional in the designs.”

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