A new infill residence designed by Monteyne Architecture Works Inc., was constructed in the venerable neighbourhood of Wolseley in Winnipeg, on the site of a house made uninhabitable by fire. Features of the residence include:
• The ruin of the original house was harvested to produce building materials that could be used in the new construction • Concrete pile foundation • Off-site pre-fabrication of wood framing components • Fibreglass windows and high insulation levels • Durable standing seam metal roof • Low maintenance and durable cement board exterior cladding system • Incorporation of reclaimed brick, cut stone, and rough-sawn fir framing components into new construction • Roughed-in for photovoltaic electricity generation system
Design / Construction Factors
The owners are committed to reducing their family impact on the planet's resources and the house is designed to support this goal. Intended as a contemporary version of a typical 2 1/2 storey Wolseley house, the building form takes advantage of a rare property that has excellent southern exposure to capture daylight. The owners were actively invovlved in harvesting useful construction materials from the old house. Reclaimed clay brick is used inside both for visual effect, and as thermal mass. Original growth fir framing got a second life as the exterior porch framing and cladding.
The project was delivered with a fixed fee arrangement for the stipulated scope of work. Additional work was added along thie way, which was completed on a cost-plus basis. The project took eight months to build from start to finish.