Monday, June 18, 2012


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.

c. 1969. Briargreen, Graham Park.

Campeau, c. 1950s.

Campeau, c. 1966. Playfair Park, Riverside Park, Leslie Park, South Keys, Beacon Hill.

Campeau, c. 1968.

Campeau, c. 1968.

While this design was a part of the Assaly 'Trend Homes' collection, it has a very traditional facade. It was built in Trend Village.

These Wimpey designs in Convent Glen (Orleans), all have inset dormers.

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.

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