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Unique Houses of Waterloo Region
#31
That is an amazing update, I love it all around!

Back to Old Beechwood again, there are two examples on Algonquin Drive of houses that were made much bigger - one tried to keep the original style and act like it was that size since the 60's, the other went a different unique way.

297 Algonquin Drive
Before: https://goo.gl/maps/xbgTz
After: https://goo.gl/maps/bkPTX

311 Algonquin Drive
Before: https://goo.gl/maps/sXFhG
After: https://goo.gl/maps/EWIo8

Man I love the time travelling on google maps Smile
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#32
Some rather large, unique homes just west of Conestoga mall

Manorwood ct
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.5023796,-...6656?hl=en

Oxbow rd
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4993346,-...6656?hl=en

Pilgrim cir
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4995948,-...6656?hl=en

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4995742,-...6656?hl=en

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4998478,-...6656?hl=en

Grant cres
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.503034,-8...6656?hl=en

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.502554,-8...6656?hl=en

Green acres dr
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.5031854,-...6656?hl=en

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.5030243,-...6656?hl=en
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#33
They're large, but none are what I would describe as "unique". Although the one Oxbow Rd and the last one on Green Acres Dr remind me a bit of the funeral home over at Ottawa St S and Westmount.
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#34
More from around Waterloo
these 2 on Cambria pl
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4520856,-...6656?hl=en

Roosevelt ave
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4518865,-...6656?hl=en

Arden pl
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.451321,-8...6656?hl=en

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4514463,-...6656?hl=en

Redwood pl
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4508881,-...6656?hl=en

Carrington pl
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4607842,-...6656?hl=en

A fairly new build on Somerset cres also for sale http://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single...rio-N2L1N2
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4538525,-...6656?hl=en

Glenridge dr
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4858497,-...6656?hl=en
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#35
(09-16-2015, 08:32 PM)DHLawrence Wrote: 127 Jacob Street, Preston, built between 1856 and 1866 by Jacob Erb, son of Preston founder John Erb. Was a guest house until a few years ago. https://goo.gl/maps/PhxBD

654 Queenston Road, Preston, a mock Tudor built in the 30s if memory serves. Used to have the rather unfortunate street address of 666 Queenston Road.

(09-18-2015, 11:22 PM)Lens Wrote: More from around Waterloo
these 2 on Cambria pl
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4520856,-...6656?hl=en

Roosevelt ave
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4518865,-...6656?hl=en

Arden pl
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.451321,-8...6656?hl=en

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4514463,-...6656?hl=en

Redwood pl
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4508881,-...6656?hl=en

Carrington pl
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4607842,-...6656?hl=en

A fairly new build on Somerset cres also for sale http://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single...rio-N2L1N2
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4538525,-...6656?hl=en

Glenridge dr
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4858497,-...6656?hl=en

That double A frame on Cambria is interesting.  The one on Carrington is both unique and awful.
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#36
7 Huntley Cr in Waterloo used to have an interesting front door.

2011: https://goo.gl/maps/MVDZyxfN2tD2
2015: https://goo.gl/maps/6r77GKqfo422

8 Westgate shows really great modernization.

Then: https://goo.gl/maps/G1QBpf8qh8D2
Now: https://goo.gl/maps/nC8G8DMgJLk

This on Inverness was torn down. The gates/arches at the front must have been inspired by a mild prison influence.

Then: https://goo.gl/maps/JGJZqA64yh82
Now: https://goo.gl/maps/cVghwxsfTdP2
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#37
What I could never understand is how it's even remotely possible that I'm the only person who thinks that in 2015, houses should look futuristic, not like they have for the last several hundred years. Why don't we have concrete cubes? Why don't we have white shiny surfaces? Why on earth do we still have crown moulding and gingerbreading?!??!?! Arrrrrrghhhh!!!
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
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#38
(10-03-2015, 11:59 AM)Canard Wrote: What I could never understand is how it's even remotely possible that I'm the only person who thinks that in 2015, houses should look futuristic, not like they have for the last several hundred years.  Why don't we have concrete cubes?  Why don't we have white shiny surfaces? Why on earth do we still have crown moulding and gingerbreading?!??!?!  Arrrrrrghhhh!!!

This.

Part of the problem is that we don't have examples of what is possible. The house of 237 Mary St. is one example of what we could moving towards. In many ways we've moved backwards. Most people today would reject a Lloyd Wright house as too modernistic even though his iconic Fallingwater was built in 1935. But cheap faux plastic stormshutters (installed upside down) are always in style.
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#39
There's a couple of unique ones on St. Emilion Pl in Pioneer park.
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.3904891,-...6656?hl=en
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#40
(10-03-2015, 04:44 PM)neonjoe Wrote: There's a couple of unique ones on St. Emilion Pl in Pioneer park.
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.3904891,-...6656?hl=en

If I’m going to have a house like that, it’s going to be *different* from all the other houses in the area.
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#41
I'm certainly no expert on structural engineering, but wouldn't snow load have something to do with why there is a pitch on most roofs? Well, that and the alternative cost design to otherwise handle the weight of snow and deflect such?
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#42
(10-03-2015, 09:31 PM)Smore Wrote: I'm certainly no expert on structural engineering, but wouldn't snow load have something to do with why there is a pitch on  most roofs?  Well, that and the alternative cost design to otherwise handle the weight of snow and deflect such?

For sure, I wouldn't recommend building a flat roof house in this climate unless the house is made of concrete or steel I-beams. However there are alternative pitched roofs designs that do not look like gingerbread houses.
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#43
Not just the steel I-beams, but the other challenge with flat roofs is drainage: snow melts and sits on the roof, eventually it will find some way through the roof, and presto, you have a leak into the house. Back in my homeland, lots of flat-roof houses were built in the 70s; by now, most of them have been converted to conventional roofs, due to the snow and leaking issues.
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#44
(10-03-2015, 11:29 PM)tomh009 Wrote: Not just the steel I-beams, but the other challenge with flat roofs is drainage: snow melts and sits on the roof, eventually it will find some way through the roof, and presto, you have a leak into the house.  Back in my homeland, lots of flat-roof houses were built in the 70s; by now, most of them have been converted to conventional roofs, due to the snow and leaking issues.

I agree, but it can be done. After all most commercial buildings have flat roofs without a problem.

It takes some effort though, for one you need to re-tar every five years.
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#45
(10-03-2015, 06:13 PM)ijmorlan Wrote:
(10-03-2015, 04:44 PM)neonjoe Wrote: There's a couple of unique ones on St. Emilion Pl in Pioneer park.
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.3904891,-...6656?hl=en

If I’m going to have a house like that, it’s going to be *different* from all the other houses in the area.

There will only be one, if it really is unique.  Smile

Most of the mass builders create subdivisions of sameness.  To see variety in a neighbourhood, either you need an area built by different builders (most often happens outside Kitchener and Waterloo proper), or an area created by a small builder with more interesting tastes (such as Forfar Ave, which really doesn't have two houses that look the same).
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