Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Favourite Plans - South

Here is another installment in the series on my favourite plans. This time, I am venturing southward. I have to admit that I have pushed the boundaries of the mid-century a bit and included some plans from the early 1980s - but they are so great that I just had to share!

In the 1970s Minto began building in Barrhaven Common. Their designs were quite unique, and the most striking features of the façades are the roof lines. Many of these designs were also built in Orleans Wood.

My favourite features of this particular design are the sunken living room and the main floor bedroom.

The Pinewood is essentially the same plan as the Orchard, only with 3 bedrooms on the 2nd floor. Similar versions of these plans were built as semi-detached houses as well.

What a great roof line with the chimney as a punctuation point. Notice the bar in the basement recreation room!

I find it interesting that the "Chateau Collection" implies a traditional French manor, yet the plans in the collection are quite modern. I love the profile of this house with its strong roof line.

The facade of this design makes the side-split plan quite contemporary.

c. 1977. Campeau, Rolling Meadows (Barrhaven).
This is a unique take on the side-split. The design is really a bungalow over the two-car garage, with a large family room to the side.

c. 1970s

This Barrhaven design above has a very large living room and family room, which is in stark contrast to the small kitchen and dining room.

c. 1981. Riverside Park/Mooney's Bay.
In Riverside Park/Mooney's Bay, Urbandale built a handful of houses with large windows for solar gain. There are also a couple in Amberwood (Stittsville). Only a few were built. I wonder why?

c. 1978, Riverside Park/Mooney's Bay.
This design has a very mid-century modern front portion with vaulted ceiling. The back almost looks like an addition built on - but it was built that way originally.

c. 1977. Urbandale, Riverside Park/Mooney's Bay
The Urbandale semi-detached houses in Riverside Park have some unique designs, like this split level.

c. 1974. Riverside Park.
Also in Riverside Park, these townhouses would have been quite luxurious for the time, with main-floor family rooms, 4 bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms.

c. 1979. Tartan, Hunt Club.
These houses built in Hunt Club are in the top 10 of my absolute favourite plans in Ottawa. I only have these early versions of the plans - but I know the designs were tweaked somewhat when built. They are an interesting solution to narrow-lot housing.

c.1979. Campeau, Hunt Club Woods.
This is a very unique split -level design with a top-level den. The lack of an private ensuite is curious for such a large and luxurious house.

The plans built by Campeau in Hunt Club Woods in the late 1970s and early 1980s are very much influenced by 1970s California design. In fact, some of the plans are exactly the same as those built in California.

Around 1978, the California builder, Lusk, constructed a community of homes in Orange Country called Nohl Ranch. Below is the Bennington plan by Lusk.

Below is the Bennington plan by Campeau in Hunt Club Woods.

Below is Lusk's Clarendon model in California. 

Below is Campeau's Clarendon model in Hunt Club Woods.

I am not sure if the plans were blatantly copied, or if they were bought from the designer.

c. 1979. Campeau, Hunt Club Woods.
So, these are not mid-century modern designs, but I wanted to include them as I think they are such interesting designs. If you have ever wondered about the big manor houses off of Uplands near Riverside - they are actually 3 houses in 1. The 3 plans each have lofts that overlook the living space below - although some have bedrooms instead of open lofts. In Beaverbrook, Kanata, similar designs were also built - but not by Campeau.


  1. Love the blog! Stumbled on it while looking for stock photos or layout plans for those 60-70's era Campeau semis in South Keys or towards Qualicum / Pinecrest and other areas of town.

    (these things:,-75.648505,3a,75y,65.1h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sLwZRf4mAOK8oeJQjkE-lmA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x25f1fdaf266c252d!6m1!1e1 )

    I live in one in Southkeys - parents were the original buyers. Didn't find anything on the blog or online, but still its neat to see all the brochures, designs and layouts - I see all these homes 40-50 years later everyday. Somewhere packed away I think we still have the Campeau complementary champagne flutes they gave new owners.

    The homes are certainly dated to an era and are very sectioned compared to the open concepts of today, but their build quality was quite resilient (other than the fact many used aluminim wiring and asbestos-based wall drywall joint compound, and insulation was minimal - as was code at the time). The rooms in the semis are small and its a challenge to renovate since you really want to take out walls to open up the space. That said, if I can get a good kitchen reno design and build, given that there are probably 100+ identical plans to my house in Ottawa, I think the reno contractor/designer could make a good business of doing the work - its always time to renovate these houses.

    R in Southkeys

    1. Thanks for the comments! It has inspired my latest post: