The following descriptive text concerning the property at 205 Cricthon Street is an excerpt from the due diligence work prepared in advance of its purchase: The subject property is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Crichton Street and Dufferin Road (Part of Lots 20 & 21 in Block 18, Registered Plan 42, City of Ottawa) at the … Read More
“Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.“ Jane Jacobs, Writer and Activist, 1916 – 2006 On November 29th I purchased a piece of the old New Edinburgh for the fair price of $585,000. Given that my previous Passive House and LEED Platinum certified development project was only a block away, I had often admired … Read More
In December 2010, while the outdoor temperature was in the minus double digits, a fuse in the heating system of Chris Straka’s home failed and the system shut down. He neglected to replace it until four days later when his partner Carmen asked if he had lowered the thermostat. The indoor temperature had dropped 3 degrees.
Project Description: Renovation of a 1920’s row home in the Glebe. Duplexed in the 1950’s, the 1100 square foot residence was returned to a single unit. The project involved reconfiguring important living spaces to allow greater light penetration and ease of movement while retaining original detailing. Selected Green Design Strategies: 90 percent structural material re-use within existing structure low maintenance … Read More