3 years, 2 months, 26 days

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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How long does it take to work through the approvals process for a redevelopment project?  In the case of 205 Crichton Street – 15 Dufferin Road the process took: 3 years, 2 months, 26 days. Although I have certainly completed the process on other projects more quickly, a complex and contentious project (involving multiple residential units, striving for LEED and Passive House green building … Read More

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The $100,000 hole

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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For the last month I’ve been working with my land surveyor, my excavator and the City of Ottawa’s Infrastructure Approvals staff to keep the cost of site preparation at 205 Crichton Street – 15 Dufferin Road under control.  On October 10th our grading and servicing plan received approval from the City of Ottawa.  For an infill project like this one, that includes demolition of an … Read More

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Wood Versus Concrete

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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I have been a long time proponent of wood construction, especially in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.  Our history is so deeply rooted in the forestry industry that building with any other material could be considered a form of industrial-cultural sacrilege. My new passive house project at 15 Dufferin Road – 205 Crichton Street will be built in two phases.  The first phase involves … Read More

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No Parking: Garage Demolition

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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For the last 60 – 70 years  the a garage sat on the south side of the home built at 205 Crichton Street in 1945.  For the first few decades of its existence the building provided storage for vehicles while blocking views from the home of the former railway lines that ran where there is now a recreational pathway.  Deterioration of … Read More

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308 Fifth Avenue . GOHBA Award Winner

308 Fifth Avenue, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects

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Design is only as good as the work of the people who turn lines on paper into reality.  We are very proud of our collaboration with Cornelis Grey Construction on 308 Fifth Avenue, the Greater Ottawa Home Builder’s Association Green Renovation of the Year Award winner in 2014.  We look forward to creating more better built homes in the Ottawa Region. … Read More

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What shall we do about the shale?

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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Our intention to add a second floor to the home at 205 Crichton Street requires an extremely good understanding of how the existing building was built.  In preparing as built architectrual drawings of the home, investigated the size of the footings and the bearing capacity of (what we thought would be) the soil below.  After saw-cutting the concrete slab floor of the basement to expose … Read More

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What is a rammed earth wall?

3685 Donnelly Drive, All Green Projects, Build Projects

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The project team collaborating on the design and construction of the first cement-stabilized-reinforced-insulated-rammed-earth (CSRIRE) home in the City of Ottawa was challenged throughout the protracted permitting process to explain what we wanted to build and why we wanted to build it that way.  What follows are excerpts from the alternative solution proposal, prepared in support of our construction permit application for the home VERT is building … Read More

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Tests Satisfied: Committee of Adjustment Approval Received

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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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

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