Monday, July 4, 2011

CMHC house designs from the mid-century

Between 1947 and 1974 the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), formerly Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, published regular floor plan books of small houses suitable to be built in Canada. Blueprints could be ordered for the architect-designed plans, and examples of the built houses can be found throughout Ottawa.

There are so many interesting plans that were available through the CMHC, so this is only the first posting with some of my favourites.

If you recognise any of these designs that have been built in Ottawa (or elsewhere in Canada), please feel free to share the location with me!

I have always been a fan of the butterfly roof!

Although there are no front facing windows on the above design, the cedar shake cladding makes for a very interesting facade. The architect was based out of Kanata, and I could easily see this house fitting into the natural landscape of Beaverbrook - although I don't think it was actually built there.

 The central atrium hints at the Eichler plans built in California during the 1950s and 1960s.

 A decidedly modern plan with a flat roof and carport.

I really like the simple, yet architectural composition of the facade.

 Another flat-roofed beauty with a peekaboo clerestory window.

 Can you tell that I like flat-roofed houses?

 I am also partial to houses with courtyards.

 A flat roof and a courtyard!

 For some reason, quite a few of these designs do not have many front windows, which makes them very private, but does not present the most welcoming facade to the street.

The final flat-roofed design in this posting.

 I like how the wall of the living room extends to make a private yard area off the dining room.

Interestingly, this Connelly Homes design built in Glen Cairn is nearly identical to the CMHC plan.


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