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The Cinderella Houses

The other day I noticed a house near my work that looked really familiar - and then I realized that I had seen the same house in a booklet that I somehow acquired as a part of my floor plan collection. I have two booklets, one from 1967 and one from 1968 (although there may have been more). They appear to have been published by Allied Building Supply as a way of advertising their products and services through the large-scale renovation of houses in Ottawa.

At the time, the houses would have been showcases of the most up-to-date materials and design. Of note is the "electo strip" in the 1968 house - a product that did not last. Also, the dishwasher that takes 2 minutes to clean looks interesting.

Below are the two brochures:

The 1968 House:

Costain in Convent Glen (and Hazeldean Ridge)

Here is the first installment of the Costain/Coscan archive sharing project! Below are the plans and documents that I have for Costain houses built in Convent Glen (Orleans), some of which were also built in Hazeldean Ridge (Kanata). It is a long post, but I wanted to share everything I have.
Canadian Building, May 1971

Below are scans of two Booklets for the Forest Wood and Colonial series houses. c. mid 1970s to early 1980s in Convent Glen: