Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Few Teron plans in Beaverbrook

Longtime blog readers will know that I am absolutely ga-ga over the houses in the Beaverbrook area of Kanata. Over the years I have posted plans, but I do not think I have ever shared this package of plans that I have. I do not have a date for these houses, nor do I have a price list, but below is a site-plan and some floor plans that I acquired at some point in time. Of note is the B-50 plan, a rare design that was not built in large numbers.

The layout of the OH - 1 design below is interesting in that the bedrooms on the second floor are very large - even larger than the main floor master bedroom.

An interesting aspect of most of the designs below (and a couple above) is that the space next to the kitchen is called the "Family Room", yet I suspect many homeowners use the space as a dining room or breakfast room, especially in the designs without a space dedicated to dining. This family room space open to the kitchen, instead of a breakfast room, was common in the 1960s and 1970s in California houses, and it clearly made its way to Ottawa.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Coscan in the 1990s Part 2: Bungalows, Visions, Sunporches and Price Breakthroughs

During the second half of the 1990s Coscan released many different series of houses, including townhouses, bungalows and two-storey designs. In some cases the designs were different spins on old plans, but there are also quite a few new plans.

Below are plans for houses built in Fallingbrook (Orleans) and Briarbrook (Kanata); most of the designs were built in both neighbourhoods.
The designs below are all high-ranches (also sometimes called raised bungalows), with the master bedroom on the main level. Two of the plans have the secondary bedrooms in the basement, while two have a second bedroom on the main level with the others on the lower level. The layouts would likely appeal to empty nesters, and not families with young children. 

A handful of these designs were also built in Fallingbrook. 

The "Vision" detached homes are characterized by protruding garages, and most have a front door that cannot be seen from the street as it is tucked in behind said garage. The "Vision" aspect is a marketing spin for designs that were very much a product of their time. 

The "Vision" townhomes are very similar to other Coscan townhomes at the time, just re-branded. 

The "Sunporch Series" is a small collection of houses in Fallingrbook that were built with screened porches on the back. All plans were built with a finished rec room in the basement. I am missing the Canberra plan.

Some of the "Price Breakthrough" plans are nearly identical to the "Sunporch Series", only without the screened porch and without the finished rec room in the basement.