You may have heard the concept of the "missing middle housing" that centres on types of housing that are between detached single-family and higher density mid- and high-rise towers. When looking at the new housing developments being built in Ottawa this is something that there is short supply of. To use the cliche "learning from the past", in the following series of posts I will show examples of innovative housing examples that have many of the amenities of a single family detached housing, but with higher density. There was a time in Ottawa when townhouses and other "missing middle" types of houses were built en masse, but at some point they petered off in favour of the two extremes in density - high and low. Located in Hunt Club Park is an enclave called Wedgewood Park built c. 1986, just southeast of Johnson Road and Tapiola Crescent. The buildings are only 2 to 3 stories tall allowing each condo unit to have a visual connection to the ground. Some uni
Hunt Club Chase has a number of of townhouse enclaves offering a variety of designs. Below are the plans and details for a few of the enclaves in the area. The Royale Estates enclave has large 3 level homes with attached garages. Ottawa Citizen. January 21, 1984 Ottawa Citizen. October 6, 1984 The Huntview Estates enclave has a complicated history that I will not go into detail about here. Below are the details and plans from when Timberlay took over the project. There are two storey and split level designs with attached garages in 3 and 4 bedroom options. The Steeplechase enclave has garden home designs overlooking common green space. I have two versions of the floor plans. Meakin Hill is a small enclave of garden homes of off McCarthy Road. As the site plan below shows, the rows of homes are all staggered for variety and to give each house its own sense of identity.