This afternoon the City of Ottawa Committee of Adjustment approved of our application for minor variances and gave consent to sever the property at 205 Crichton Street. The appeal period will end 20 days from the date of the Committee’s written Decisions. (Minor Variance Decision & Consent Decision) Assuming no appeal is made, the planning approvals phase of the project will end in early … Read More
Construction of a new detached home on an urban infill lot. The client wished to design and build to the passive house standard, but has no intention of pursuing certification for the project.
The lack of efficiency encountered in some bureaucratic systems never ceases to amaze me. Over a decade ago I worked for the Town of Banff on the receiving end of applications like the one that I recently submitted for 205 Crichton Street. Back in the day, we were experimenting with the submission of development applications in electronic format. In the last decade this has become … Read More
The applications to the Committee of Adjustment for minor variances from the zoning bylaw and for consent to sever the property were made on June 9. A letter acknowledging receipt of the applications was received on June 10. Notice of the public hearing to be held on July 2 was circulated to all neighbouring property owners and the community association. Signs were also posted … Read More
New certified passive house designed by VERT for owner Casey Grey of Cornelis Grey Construction. Read Casey’s blog about the project. Project Summary
In 2005 when I decided to leave the firm I had been working for in search of something more rewarding, it was this kind of message that I was seeking: From: “Gabrielle” Subject: We love our home!!! Date: June 3, 2014 at 10:29:30 AM GMT-4 To: “email@example.com” Cc: “MarcAntoine” Hi Chris! That’s it, basically, thank you SO, SO MUCH: we love our home! Every day! All the … Read More
Construction of a new detached home on a previously undeveloped property. The first home built using a cement stabilized reinforced insulated rammed earth wall in eastern Ontario.
The Heritage Permit for the proposed renovation and addition to 205 Crichton Street arrived from the City of Ottawa today. Even though we have been working toward this one piece of paper since late 2011 (since last fall in earnest), the accomplishment is somewhat anticlimactic. I have always had confidence that we would get this far. The steps that are … Read More
“The only constant is change.” (Heraclitus, philosopher, c. 535 – c. 475 BCE) Support for the renovation and addition to the home at 205 Crichton Street continued at the Ottawa City Council meeting this morning. (Download Ottawa City Council Agenda for May 14, 2014.) Council approved the Heritage Permit Application without discussion, based on its broad support. The planning approvals process will now continue … Read More