Re-Use, Recycle

When stripping out a building, we try to re-use whatever we can.  We put aside all the lumber we can to be re-used for construction.  When removing the exterior bricks, we have kept a bunch of them to use as blocks for a walkway and a parking pad (hopefully for an electric car).  We also put aside all items that could be of use to others – examples here are a pile of wooden planks from between the roof joists and the original wooden windows.  A gentleman named Normand has already taken most of the buildings interior baseboards and trim to re-use in a cottage he is building.  He also returned to take the original wooden windows.  The more we re-use and recycle, the less goes into landfill.

Old Bricks Waiting For Their New Purpose In Life

Ready to Become Shelves or Coffee Tables ?

Old Windows. Ready To Go To Normand's Cottage

Fortune Eco-Condos. April 19, 2011

We recently received news from the Ville de Montreal that our building permit is ready to be issued.  We are now hard at work lining up contractors to start excavation, foundation and framing.

The design of the project has evolved throughout the process with the City’s urban planning department.  The final design is even better than the original one.

This project will feature three LEED-certified Eco-Condos:  The first floor unit will also include the basement, offering a 1,985 square foot two bedroom condo on two levels, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a yard out back.  The second floor unit offers 1,390 square feet of living space with three bedrooms – two bedrooms and a bathroom on the main level and a master bedroom suite with private terrasse on an upper level.  The third floor unit offers 1,200 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.  The master bedroom suite is on a mezzanine level, offering a two-storey living space.  Off the mezzanine level are two decks, front and rear, and a green roof.  Spectacular views of downtown.

The following plans are still preliminary and subject to change:




The Dep – Getting Leaner and Meaner

Resumed work on Charon recently.  Continued to strip out the interior – all done now.  And removed all the bricks off the back wall – getting ready to transform the back facade with bigger and brighter windows and doors.

Eco-Habitat in The Gazette

On Saturday April 12, The Gazette HomeFront Section featured an article on Eco-Habitat.  Great exposure for our business and specifically for our house on Coleraine.  Thanks to Donna Nebenzahl and The Gazette for their support.

Please note the minor corrections that our architect’s name is Eric Majer (not Madjer) and our phone number is 514-564-1455 (they printed our fax number).


Coleraine Eco-Cottage Vendu ! Sold !

After several weeks of considering different options, our Coleraine Eco-Cottage has found someone with whom to share its life.  Many phone calls, visits and open houses were involved.  And suddenly, it was love at first sight.  The house is looking forward to living with its new owners, and vice-versa !