Sunday, November 27, 2016

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:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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:

A different version of the Forest Wood Series plans, c. 1978:

Also c. 1978:

These townhomes were built c. 1977:

The following collection are plans built from the late 1970s to mid 1980s:

The original copies of these plans that I have have been cropped - probably to make them smaller for storage, thus the cut off edges.

The following are plans that were built in the early 1980s. There are different versions of some of the plans as they were part of different series built by Costain. Some of these plans were also built in Hazeldean Ridge (Kanata).

I will also need some help from my readers to complete my Costain plan collection from Convent Glen. I am missing the plans for the houses on St-Germain Crescent. They appear to have been built around 1978-1979 and design names include the Hartford, Brockton and Cambridge. If any of my readers have these plans, please let me know so I can share them!