The lobby area of the Beaver Barracks building on Metcalfe features a large common room and kitchen to cater to events, parties, and cooking lessons:
The sloped wood ceiling is made of reclaimed wood. Several large trees were cut down on the site last year. That wood was augmented by some wood reclaimed from the Ottawa River. They were milled into rough-cut boards to make ceiling panels like above. The main lobby also has these ceiling panels. They look great from a distance, but personally I felt they were a bit too rough and crude, too “packing-crate” for my liking.
Here is the interior of a bachelor or studio unit. It is one large room. Delightfully, there was tons of closet space (there are no “common” storage locker areas for maintenance and security reasons).
The wood floor is linoleum with a printed plank pattern. CCOC operates their buildings for the long run, and rentals can be tough on the units. Carpet floors have to be replaced every five to ten years; they hope the linoleum will last ten to fifteen. In subsequent phases, the linoleum will not be “sheets” but individual “planks” which means damaged spots (eg a worn spot under a bed or chair leg) can be replaced without redoing the whole room.
And now a shot of the inside of the turret that runs up the building:
Did you think there would be a round room? There isn’t. The eye only thinks it sees a complete cylinder on the building. In fact, it is more like a semi-circular bay. None the less, the interior of this large apartment is breathtaking. The unit entrance is to the right, and the bedroom wing is off the picture hard right. The dining/living area is in the foreground and off to the left of the generous family-sized kitchen. Here is another shot, showing more of the curved wall:
There will be a later post on the rents in these buildings, but here’s a hint. A three-bedroom unit is between $996 and $1423, rent depends on your family income. While this room is dramatic and large, all the bedrooms are … compact. Minto builds much larger walk-in closets.
The next interior shot is of a two-bedroom unit on the ground floor, facing Argyle. When the resident enters through the door from the front porch, there is a large living/dining room. The kitchen is in the centre of the unit. Beyond it are two bedrooms, looking out to the back yard. The unit has front and back exposure:
There are also a number of wheel-chair accessible units. Here is the kitchen of one: