308 Fifth Avenue . Project Description

308 Fifth Avenue, All Green Projects, Design Projects

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Renovation to the interior of the kitchen, dining room, master bedroom and washroom of an existing two story home built in 1920.  Addition of a new master bedroom ensuite washroom, outdoor balcony, breakfast area, rear entry, mudroom, siting room and mechanical system. Project goals included: improving energy efficiency of mechanical system facilitating access to the basement creating additional indoor and outdoor living … Read More

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Change: Decay or Dynamism?

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

Change-Decay-or-Dynamism

“The only constant is change.“ (Heraclitus, philosopher, 540 – 480 BC) Over the course of the last two years my personal needs for a living space have changed.  In March of 2012 my first daughter Everleigh was born.  In March of 2014 my second daughter will join us.  Although our current home in New Edinburgh will continue to provide us … Read More

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Rideau Residences Building-Integrated Agriculture . Project Description

279 Crichton Street, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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Having been a former railway siding, the potential for contamination was significant in the very limited growing area available at ground level around 279 Crichton Street.  The desire to grow food within 10 metres of where it is consumed on a dense urban lot, was satisfied by elevating the garden to the roof top.  The building below had been designed to support … Read More

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Letter of Reference

96A Crichton Street, All Green Projects, Design Projects, Testimonial

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VERT designed John and Lorie’s home in our second year of operation.  (We have worked on over 50 projects since then.)  It is very rewarding to know that they still love their home as much now as when they first saw the plans on paper.  Although it has been several years since I worked on the original project, it was very nice to receive … Read More

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3336 County Road 3, Lyndhurst . Project Description

3336 County Road 3, All Green Projects, Design Projects

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New detached home certified to the passive house standard on a previously undeveloped property.  Home has perfect southern exposure, overlooking the Gananoque River.  The north wall is built into a hillside, providing protection against the winter cold from the foundation’s footings to the peak of the roof. Location: The project site is Parts 8, 9 & 10 of Lot 5, Concession … Read More

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Inaction is Unsustainable

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

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Elements of the structure and mechanical systems at 205 Crichton Street have deteriorated and are in need of repair or replacement.  Extensive structural deterioration exists within the garage and breezeway, including but not limited to: a leaking asphalt shingle roof; rotting wood roof rafters; rusted metal floor joists and beams; and, cracked concrete foundation walls.  These deficiencies (typical of a … Read More

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Preliminary Concept and Consultation

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

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In February I presented a preliminary concept for a renovation and addition to 205 Crichton Street to the New Edinburgh Community Alliance Heritage and Development Committee (NECA HDC). Download a copy of the preliminary concept for 205 Crichton Street presented to the NECA HDC. Written comments were received from the committee a month later.  In the covering email message to … Read More

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Constant Neighbourhood Character: Evolving Architectural Forms

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

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Unlike the urban monocultures more common outside of the city’s core, New Edinburgh is characterized by the human scaled relationships between elements of the public realm and the architectural forms resultant from almost 175 years of development, and redevelopment.  New Edinburgh’s history is a narrative of changes to individual buildings, within the context of a consistent neighbourhood character. The intention … Read More

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Vacant Expectations

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

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The City of Ottawa’s Heritage Survey and Evaluation Form suggests that the property at 205 Crichton may have been developed in response to the housing crisis precipitated by the end of the Second World War.  Each of the three rental units to have been built at 205 Crichton Street in 1945 were designed to provide 1,200 square feet of living … Read More

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