32 A & B HAZEL STREET
The existing two storey, single family home had major structural failure in its foundation. Failure had occurred at multiple locations and had rendered the foundation structurally unsound and not salvageable. The only option was to construct a new building.
The contemporary design uses architectural features such as porches and balconies to visually reduce the mass of the building. Quality materials and subtle colour scheme blend in with the neighbourhood. A simple unifying roof, separated from the lower brick base by other building elements, along with other strong horizontal features, helps to reduce the visual heights.
The new semi-detached home is in the spirit of the low-medium density infill housing guidelines. The two semi-detached homes are differentiated on the front elevation by different window treatments on the upper floor etc… The front door is defined with a stronger, more prominent colour and the garage doors are recessed under the balconies and are coloured to blend with the brick.
Spacious living areas showered in natural light from floor to ceiling glazing – creates warmth and inviting entertaining spaces. Main floor kitchen and dining room blend easily into the living space – separated by an unobtrusive railing.
The master bedroom retreat is sufficiently removed to allow for an intimate space with its own retreat within the ensuite bath’s over-sized glass enclosed shower.
Early morning coffee or an evening cocktail on the large glass enclosed balcony create intimacy with the streetscape and neighbours. Proximity to the Rideau Canal for a stroll is an added bonus. Everything is just a few steps away!
The building design, height, massing, siting and landscaping are an excellent fit within the Old Ottawa East neighbourhood!