Sunday, February 28, 2016

Campeau's Renaissance Series

During the 1970s Campeau released a series of houses called the "Renaissance Series" that are an affordable collection of detached houses. The designs are straightforward with rectangular footprints and no "frills" in terms of the exterior facades to help reduce the costs. The designs are also modest in size, most with only 1 bathroom. 

Even today, these houses are still a relatively affordable option for detached houses not far from downtown. In Carson Grove the houses today typically sell for between $350,00-$400,000, although some highly renovated houses with additions sell for up to $470,000. In the small Timbermill neighbourhood (Sawmill Creek), few houses come up for sale, but when they do, they typically sell for under $400,000. 

Below are two brochures for the series of designs, followed by a handful of plans from Carson Grove:

This version of the Castille design has 3 bedrooms on the main level, but no dining room. You will notice that on other versions of the plan shown below, the bedroom behind the kitchen becomes a dining room.
This version of the Salisbury varies from the earlier design as the 4th bedroom is now a dining room.
Phase V of Carson Grove has a few larger designs, including the Hanover front-split and the Crestwood 2-storey from the "Executive Series".
The Secord design was also built in this phase of Carson Grove.

Timbermill is a small pocket of Renaissance Series houses built off of Albion Road, south of Hunt Club Road. There are a few semi-detached houses in this pocket, but unfortunately, I do not have the plans for them.


  1. This was a very interesting post, always wondered about the Renaissance Series. Do you have floor plans for the MacDonald Homes in the neighbourhood? They also built town homes on the south side of Ogilvie and singles and semis in Beacon Hill North. I have some of their plans from the early eighties but none from the seventies.

    1. Unfortunately, I have very few 1970s plans by MacDonald Homes. They are on my list of plans I am on the hunt if I come across them, I will definitely share them on the blog!