2014 City of Ottawa Architectural Conservation Award: Honourable Mention, Adaptive Re-Use
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The Carriage House renovation is a glowing example of the adaptive reuse of a venerable old house and its grounds and the preservation of the stately trees that tower over the property. The project ensured the conservation of the house and survival of a community-based institution, the Bettye Hyde Co-operative Early Learning Centre. The project was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the estate of the former owner and a grass roots community initiative, which organized itself into the Sandy Hill Owners (SHO) group to undertake the project. The budget was tight and the schedule short to have the extensive renovation and addition finished in time. On the main level, 250 square metres was allocated as daycare space for 35 to 40 children. The uninsulated 1960’s garage addition was removed and a new entrance and stairwell was added to provide separate secure access to the second floor office space. The second floor was renovated to provide medical offices for child and family health services. An old asphalt driveway along the front of the property was removed and the large corner yard was fenced to provide play space for the children.
Conservation of the existing building shell and many of the existing interior elements was a focus. Carpet was removed throughout the second floor and the existing hardwood was rejuvenated, existing ceramic tile in the entry foyer was retained, and the old wood front door was rejuvenated with new hardware. Exterior walls were stripped from the inside for the addition of new insulation while the existing heritage windows were kept in place. Low- or no-VOC materials were specified, and preference was given to regionally sourced and recycled content products. A new high-efficiency HVAC system was installed for reduced energy consumption.