The housing stock in the Dunbar area of Vancouver has undergone significant change in the past five years. Originally a working class neighbourhood with many quite modest homes surrounded by lovely gardens, it is now a neighbourhood that 99% of the people working in Vancouver cannot afford because the replacement homes are built to the maximum footprint and cost millions. Greenspace has been reduced. Included on this website are photos of many (not all) of the disappeared houses.
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Demolitions West of the Dunbar Community Centre

Friday, May 15, 2015

Story-Book Detail

This house has not been for sale in recent times; word is that it is the owner who is building a new home. Perhaps that is why the site is one of the cleanest and neatest demolition and building sites that one sees. Although the house was well maintained, it had not been enlarged and perhaps had not been updated extensively and hence was the buildings were assessed at only $42,000. Demolished on April 23, 2015.

The new method of deconstruction now used for many houses in Vancouver can reveal interesting things. The original shingles of this 1939 house are the same as the shingles on my house built nearby at the same time. The shingles on this house had been covered by something easier to care for.   

But more interesting is the underlining construction for the "rolled" roof edges. I contacted an architect friend, who informed me that this is called "steam bent shingles style". I think the original roof would have been cedar. Cedar shingles would have been more suited to the curvature than asphalt shingles.

 Link here if you want to see more on this technique and how "story-book" it would have looked with the original cedar shingles.




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