Monday, July 14, 2014

The don't built 'em like this anymore!

In the 1960s and early 1970s Minto built a series of large sprawling houses, on large parcels of land - especially compared to suburban lot sizes today. These houses were built in various parts of the city in communities formerly on the edge of built-up Ottawa. Today they are inner suburbs that offer proximity to downtown as well as houses that spread out over the generous land they were built on. Some are decidedly modern in style, while others are more traditional. 

Areas where these designs were built include Skyline, Skyline North, Graham Park, Qualicum, Ryan Farm, Beaconwood and Beacon Hill North. Below is a sampling of just some of these houses.

The ranch houses from this series of plans are sprawling and have modern asymmetrical facades. All three of these plans won a Canadian Housing Design Council award




Unfortunately, I do not have the exterior elevation drawing for this plan

This high-ranch design was especially suited for hilly locations to facilitate the lower-level garage:

The Canterbury and Marlborough plans are virtually identical, although the kitchen and bathroom layouts are slightly different.

The exterior drawings for the two-storey designs accentuate the horizontal nature of the houses. Notice how the second floor is usually stepped back from the first, allowing for a first-floor roof line to cut the two storey massing horizontally. Some of the two-storey plans also have the second floor tucked under a sloped roof, further accentuating the sprawling horizontal look of the houses.  











As far as I understand, the "Heritage" designs were built in Graham Park and Qualicum, and were often similar to the designs built elsewhere.





 
I am missing the Heritage Model "E" plan. If anyone has it, I would love to see it an post it for others to enjoy!

The following two bungalow designs have remarkably large dining rooms.
Unfortunately, I do not have the exterior elevation drawing for this plan

Unfortunately, I do not have the exterior elevation drawing for this plan

Unfortunately, I do not have the exterior elevation drawing for this plan


2 comments:

  1. Are the exterior photos from marketing material or some other source?

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    1. The photos were a part of the marketing material for the Heritage Series plans and were printed on the back side of the floor plan page. I figure the children lived in the area...but I am not sure. If anyone knows who the children are, please let me know!

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