The building design guidelines outline criteria which must be considered by the Lot Owner in the design and construction of improvements on the Lots. This comprehensive approach to building in the Olympic View residential neighbourhood will ensure that each individual Single Family Home, duplex or multifamily development fits in with and complements both previous and subsequent projects so that development proceeds harmoniously and predictably.
In the spirit of site adaptive planning and design and the nature of the site, these guidelines are conceived to guide development with a strong bond to the natural landscape. Significant trees and other site features should be saved wherever practical and excavation, blasting in particular, should be minimized.
The image above is of a landmark Mid-century modern home in Seattle, Washington. A strong bond to the landscape is a hallmark of mid-century modern design. Many of the other principles of the mid-century modern idiom in contemporary style are incorporated into these guidelines.
A certain degree of varied massing and facade articulation is encouraged in the building design to create interesting streetscapes. Buildings with no variation in massing are discouraged as are extremely free form structures with no sense of unity. (See Section 12, “Building Siting”)
The relationship of the various building elements, (roofs, walls, wall openings) which make up the building form should be carefully considered. The proportion and scale of these elements should be appropriate to the site.
Windows, doors, porches, decks and balconies form an important part of a building’s character and appearance. They should be well placed individual units. When used in combination, care should be taken to unify the composition and fit the scale of the building facade.
Roof form is a key element in establishing building character as well as an important factor in unifying and protecting the building envelope.
These are transitional elements which connect the building to its surrounding landscape. Care should be taken to make this connection as strong as possible.Terraces and stairs should be constructed of stone, concrete or pressure treated wood ties (alone or in combination). Composite material decking may be used subject to approval by the Approving Architect. Surfaces may be stone, brick pavers, fine crushed gravel or concrete (alone or in combination).Exterior stairs over two feet high should be integrated into the overall form of the building.
Energy conservation shall comply with Provincial standards or as adopted by the City via bylaw or policy. Notwithstanding, as of January 2020 lot Owners are encouraged to comply with at least Step 3 of the British Columbia Step Code. Passive house principles and standards are encouraged.
This section outlines criteria, which must be considered by the Lot Owner in the development of each Lot. This comprehensive approach to siting at Olympic View will ensure that each individual Lot development fits with and compliments both previous and subsequent Lot developments so that development proceeds harmoniously and predictably. The natural environment and appeal of Olympic View must be maintained and neighbours respected.