Dormers? Mid-century...perhaps...modern...not so much.
While the mid-century saw many modern-style houses constructed, many Ottawa builders had at least one design in their portfolio with traditional dormers windows.
I have to say that I have always been fond of dormer windows. My first apartment was on the top floor of a 3 storey walk-up and had dormers in all of the rooms. Also, my first house also had a dormer window in the master bedroom. There is something very cosy about a room with slanted ceilings.
Aesthetically, a house with dormers has a lower profile in comparison to a two-storey facade, so it looks better next to a 1-storey bungalow - which many mid-century neighbourhoods are filled with.
Below are a few selected plans for houses built in the mid-century in Ottawa that have dormer windows:
|This large design manages to have 5 bedrooms under the slanted second floor roof line, including the large master bedroom. c. 1969, Skyline.|
|This design by Simpson, built in Playfair Park, has a striking resemblance to the Minto plan above. Many of the Simpson plans built in Playfair park are 'inspired' by those built by other builders.|
|While this design was a part of the Assaly 'Trend Homes' collection, it has a very traditional facade. It was built in Trend Village.|
|This Armstrong-built design can be found in Glen Cairn (Kanata). Even though it was the model home, there were very few actually built. There is also one in Skyview and a couple in Lancaster Farm (southwest of Merivale & Meadowlands).|
|This design by Teron and built in Beaverbrook (Kanata), is a modern take on dormer windows - well, there actually no dormers, but instead inset windows were dormers would traditionally be.|