Mid summer 2013, ash trees succumb to infections by the evasive ash bore beetle. We found a couple of old growth trunks at the park that were destined for a chipper. So we found a dolly, strapped them on, and struggled home with them. These ash trees were diverted from compost and land fill, and will be kiln dried and used in hand made furniture for our projects.
The budget of this project was as tight as the site on which it is located. This outcome was a home with living space that reached as high as the client’s project goals. Constrained by a limited budget and a City of Ottawa Heritage District, the home emerges from a severed side yard. The front third of the home presents a two story brick facade with porch and peaked roof that echoes the predominant architectural typology of the neighbourhood and maintains the rhythm of the street. The rear two-thirds of the home rises to three stories under a flat roof that serves as a generous outdoor amenity space. Curved walls soften interior spaces illuminated and ventilated by a three story column open to the sky.