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.
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.
|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.