Site Area: 4,028 sq. ft.
Built Area: 2,700 sq. ft. (principal) / 650 sq. ft. (laneway house)
Builder: CMGT Construction Group
May 21, 2017 / You don’t have to scratch your eyes out about the date of this post – yes, it’s been almost a year and boy, I’ve been busy with so many things including collecting images of this project as it’s been assembled. It’s about 99% complete and we’ll be getting a finished photo shoot scheduled for it so definitely stay tuned for that!
In the meantime, check out a brief time-lapse of some of the progress that went on shortly after my last post on June 6th, 2016 then follow that up with some progress photos down below – you’ll definitely see the house start to take shape! Enjoy!
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June 6, 2016 / Another busy week has passed and yet another floor has been added to the house – great progress! And with the walls looking more complete, you get a sense of the massive windows going into this modern home. In contrast, you’ll notice the windows going up on the side of the house (upper floor) which are the short but wide 8ft x 2ft windows (borrowed from the dining room below) set high up for ultimate privacy from the neighbouring house but commanding natural light into their accompanying bedrooms. Stay tuned for a huge push in the coming week that’ll start to define the ultimate design massing of this modern home. Feel free to comment down below or share this with anyone you know who’d be interested!
May 31, 2016 / A week has passed and wow, Ian’s got his CMGT framing crew tilting up the main floor walls already! To the lay-person, this house may not look like anything special — any plain ol’ house being framed up — but if you look a little closer, you’ll notice that that one lonely 8ft x 2ft window along the side wall of the house starts to define its modernism.
This “mid-rift” window accompanies the dining room and is strategically placed so that there is no “window-on-window” action with the neighbouring house for ultimate privacy. Not only that, the window itself has been positioned lower than all the rest of the windows on that floor, such that when the hungry residents of the house are seated at the dining room table, the view out the window is at their eye-level.
As you can see, the only sight in the seated position is currently the neighbouring house’s lapped wood siding – not the worst view ever – but better yet, eventually, bamboo planters will be located just outside this window providing a zen-like experience when dining. Can’t help but to feel excited about seeing this design element follow through. Feel free to comment down below or share this with anyone you know who’d be interested!
May 23, 2016 / Main floor structural beams (engineered parallel strand lumber) have arrived! Also in the foreground – plywood subflooring which provides the main floor’s diaphragmic rigidity. Action will start to pick up in the coming days as above-grade walls and floors are framed up. And faster than you know it, the house will finally start to take shape. Feel free to comment down below or share this with anyone you know who’d be interested!
May 10, 2016
/ Faster than you can sneeze, the concrete cured and the formwork was stripped! A good house always begins with a great foundation – all the intricate vertical jogs in the walls all translate to certain transitions of various materials at those specific junctions. And the walls that appear to be freestanding in the foreground, those are walls that have been pre-planned for the future concrete stoop feature. The coming days will feel long as sani and perimeter drains need to be laid down, inspections need to take place and backfilling begins. Stay tuned as the basement load-bearing walls will soon go up and the floor joists of the main floor are laid down. Feel free to comment down below or share this with anyone you know who’d be interested!
May 3, 2016 / Progress continues to be made as the foundation’s forms were quickly erected, ties were set in place and rebar laid in the last couple of days. And here’s confidence in your crew’s work and some nifty scheduling by CMGT – minutes after the formwork was inspected and passed, in rolled the concrete boom truck! As you can see, the weather was perfect for the concrete pour during the day; however, it was the rain that was pouring that same evening. Feel free to comment down below or share this with anyone you know who’d be interested!
April 22, 2016 / No time was wasted after the issuance of the building permits! Excavator out, poly around the perimeter and hard pan exposed! Ah, the groundwork for this project has begun! More progress photos to come. The lot is 33ft wide so the distance from the edge of the excavation to the face of the neighbouring houses are 3.3ft or less! In a lot of cases, the neighbouring side yards (especially if there was a paved walkway there) would get rebuilt in some type of agreement with the neighbour. Feel free to comment down below or share this with anyone you know who’d be interested!
April 11, 2016 / After nine months of waiting for the city to review the building permit applications for this residence and the accompanying laneway house, the building permits have finally been issued! Ian Fung of CMGT Construction Group, is ecstatic and looking forward to breaking ground. Progress photos will follow but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the 3D framing model. You’ll have to be patient as I complete the entire 3D model of the house so you can see what the house will look like with all the windows and cladding on. Until then, thanks for the support! Feel free to comment down below or to share this with anyone you know who’d be interested!