Model Homes: Bungalow With the Big Look

This is the second in our ongoing  feature on the blog – model homes! Where we look at various styles of Don Mills houses –  as they looked when they were first built.

‘Bungalow With the Big Look: Three bedroom bungalow relies on crisp lines and generous roof overhang at front door for its cool attractiveness. Tall, narrow windows reaching the roof bring light to two street-side bedrooms. The plan is extremely compact, with small kitchen. The tiny dining area can expand into the living room when necessary, but generally speaking, the space is too small for convenience. A big fireplace, not shown on this plan, separates the livingroom and master bedroom, acting as a sound barrier between them, and clothes closets insulate the other two bedrooms from the noise in the living area. There is a full basement under the house with space for storage and recreation room. The house was sold for 17.490 in 1956.’ – Canadian Homes and Gardens, February 1959.

Architect: Irving Grossman, Builder: Planet Construction

Status of this model today: Endangered, if not completely extinct. Its’ small size may have meant this stunning mid century modern model was more susceptible to tear-down syndrome. I have driven almost all the streets of Don Mills, camera in hand, and have yet to spot this one.

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10 Responses to Model Homes: Bungalow With the Big Look

  1. raellas says:

    I believe that Irving Grossman’s designs will be found in Flemingdon Park which, by some, is considered to be part of Don Mills.

  2. Jane says:

    I thought Flemingdon Park was all apartment buildings! I wasnt aware of any single family homes there. Unless you are thinking of the Broadlands area?

  3. raellas says:

    fyi: In 1998, Canada Post issued a series of stamps, “Evolution of Canadian Housing”, which featured Henry Fliess’s house on Jocelyn Crescent as the “Planned Community Housing” stamp. [ ref: ]

  4. Jane says:

    I know that house, it is in Don Mills proper, behind the library. It’s the one Henry Fleiss originally lived in (After designing it!) It’s actually the same house plan as my house on Greenland Rd. I did a blog post about the stamp a few months ago… still trying to get some of those old (unfranked) stamps to send out my Christmas cards with…

  5. wow, very compact! my guess is that one of the first renovations to this design would be to infill the carport, which would sadly reduce the drama of the expansive overhang from the street. very cool stuff!

    do these plans show net or gross square footages? of course if i weren’t lazy i could ballpark a net SF from the notes in each of the rooms. having a SF attached to each plan type would be a good tool to compare these vintage plans with what people want / expect today.

  6. Jane says:

    My house, which is probably slightly bigger, is 1220-ish square feet (not including rec room – basement). I’m guessing this one is smaller.

    You really don’t need more than that to live happily, unless you have more than 2 kids. Back in the 50s, they did just fine even if they did – with the use of bunk beds. 3 bedrooms was all you needed – boys room, girls room, and parents room.

  7. our house’s original design (1954) came to about 1700 sf gross (all on one level), but the two added bedrooms and enclosed carport bumped it up to its current 2300 sf.
    [/area nerd]

  8. Stef says:

    This design is similar to one I’ve seen around our neighbourhood of Alta Vista in Ottawa — compact, to be sure, but well planned — and bigger, in fact, than our own ’54 bungalow.

  9. Margaret says:

    In the Leslie/Lawrence area, you can find comparable styles. They are, sadly, increasingly harder to find. Check out the beautiful glass courtyard/entrance on 33 Grangemill Crescent. It is very similar though it looks like the garage may have been a carport originally(?).

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