Moving Forward with Support

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

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Over a month has passed since my meeting with the NECA HDC and I have yet to receive any feedback from the committee.  (Having served on committees similar to the NECA HDC in the past, I am well aware of the challenges associated with relying upon volunteers to work at the pace of a professional organization.)  Although I would have … Read More

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Design Revisions and Continued Consultation

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

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In the last 4 months planning and design for a renovation and addition to 205 Crichton Street have continued at a fervent pace.  More than 30 editions of the project’s CAD (computer aided design) file have been produced, with the majority created since October 2013. Although consultation with the City of Ottawa heritage planning staff was begun in early 2012, … Read More

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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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