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The time is right to buy a MCM house!

Mid-Century Modern (MCM) design has become a part of mainstream culture and more and more people have a newfound appreciation for MCM housing. 

Many of the original owners of MCM houses who bought them new in the 50s, 60s and 70s, are now selling and moving to more suitable accommodations for the next phase in their life. Quite a few of these houses seem frozen in time with so many of the original details still intact. This is something that true MCM aficionados appreciate! It is amazing how many of these houses have been so well maintained that the MCM kitchens and bathrooms have been beautifully preserved. While in the past a buyer might want to tear everything out and put in a new kitchen and bathrooms, today’s buyers seek out these original (and still functional) features.       At the same time, the ageing baby-boom population are now looking to downsize. MCM bungalows may become very desirable for Boomers wanting to move from their large 2-storey empty nest, to one-l…

Campeau Best Sellers 1961 and 1962

Thanks to this vintage article from National Builder magazine, I present Campeau Construction's best sellers from 1961 and 1962. 
These plans were built in Riverside Park and Queensway Terrace.



This was Campeau's best-selling model in 1961. Sprawling bungalows were once a mainstay in new house construction, but became less common with time as lot widths shrunk. Now with the baby-boom population aging, one-level living is starting to make a comeback. Many of the bungalows that the boomers may have grown up in, may soon become popular houses for them to grow old in.
A different version of the B-34, with a larger kitchen. 
The B-33 plan is similar in many regards, but is slighly larger and has 4 bedrooms.

The second best-selling plan of 1961 was the S-32. This is my favourite Campeau plan from the 1960s. Much like the Minto Alpine, the design uses post and beam construction with vaulted living spaces. Both the exterior and the interior of this plan are stunning.  The S-30 and S-31 are …