Birch Homes

Overview

Birch Homes are located at the southern entry way into Larch Park. The building, landscaping and streetscape reflect the same high standard as the rest of the neighbourhood.

About a third of the lots back onto adjacent ravine/park areas. All are a short walk from the Top of Bank Trail. The local road is quiet, and the homes are close to a future school site.

Birch Homes includes popular duplex bungalows style homes in Phases 2 and 4.

Detail Map

Phase 2 Birch Homes

Guidelines Specific to This Area

Architectural Styles

Capital Modern, Craftsman and Prairie styles are permitted in this area. These styles suit the quality custom design which this area demands.

Front Setbacks

The setbacks have been determined based on a careful consideration of lot depth, lot shape, house type and garage location and are listed in Table 1. 

Table 1

Lot Front Yard
(m)
Driveway
Location
Garage
Type
Notes
Block 7       North of May Road
1 6.0 N 2 Front  
2 6.0 S 3 Side  
3 6.0 W 2 Front  
4 6.0 E 3 Side  
5 6.0 N 2 Front  
6 6.0 W 2 Front  
7 6.0 E 2 Front  
8 6.0 W 2 Front  
9 6.0 E 2 Front Walkway
10 6.0 W 2 Front Walkway
11 6.0 E 3 Side  
Block 6       South of May Road
1 6.0 S 2 Front  
2 6.0 N 2 Front  
3 6.0 S 2 Front  
4 6.0 N 2 Front  
5 6.0 S 2 Front  
6 6.0 N 2 Front  
7 6.0 S 2 Front  
8 6.0 N 2 Front  
9 6.0 S 2 Front  
10 6.0 S 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
11 6.0 N 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
12 6.0 S 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
13 6.0 N 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
14 6.0 S 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
15 6.0 E 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
16 6.0 W 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
17 6.0 E 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
18 6.0 W 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
19 6.0 E 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
20 6.0 W 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
21 6.0 E 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
22 6.0 W 3 Side Rear overlooks ravine
23 6.0 E 3 Side Walkway; Rear overlooks ravine
24 6.0 N 2 Front Walkway
25 6.0 S 2 Front  
26 6.0 E 2 Front  
27 6.0 E 3 or 2 Side, or 2 Front  
28 6.0 NE 3 or 2 Side, or 2 Front  
29 6.0 SW 3 or 2 Side, or 2 Front  
30 6.0 NE 3 or 2 Side, or 2 Front  
31 6.0 SW 2 Front  
32 6.0 E 3 or 2 Side, or 2 Front  
33 6.0 W 3 or 2 Side, or 2 Front  
34 6.0 E 3 or 2 Side, or 2 Front  
35 6.0 N 2 Front  
36 6.0 N 3 or 2 Side, or 2 Front Walkway
Duplexes
63 6.0 N 2 Front  
64 6.0 N 2 Front  
65 6.0 S 2 Front  
66 6.0 N 2 Front  
67 6.0 S 2 Front  
68 6.0 N 2 Front  
69 6.0 S 2 Front  
70 6.0 N 2 Front  
71 6.0 S 2 Front  
72 6.0 N 2 Front  
73 6.0 S 2 Front  

Garages

Design garages to minimize their visual impact from the street. Two types of garage configurations are permitted:

Perpendicular to the street:

  • shall have the front facing elevation detailed in a manner consistent with the main body of the home,
  • shall have the front elevation articulated with a window, bay, or other architectural feature,
  • are limited to those lots indicated in Table 1 above,
  • shall be limited to two cars except where Table 1 permits 3 cars.  In such instances, the third door shall be set back a minimum of 0.5m from the other two.

Parallel to the street:

  • shall be flush, recessed or within 5’ from the main body of the house or the front face of a roofed front porch,
  • shall only have two bays, though double depth or tandem garages are permitted, and are limited to those lots indicated in Table 1 above.

We will consider alternatives on a case-by-case basis but generally only when creative efforts are made to minimize the visual presence of the garage.

Driveways

Design driveways to limit their visual presence from the street.

  • Make them curvilinear.
  • Only one access point to the street per house.
  • Permitted materials: exposed aggregate concrete, cobblestone-like pavers, stamped or patterned; brushed concrete with a minimum 0.3m border of stone.

Driveways for garages:

  • Shall taper to 5.5m at the property line
  • May flare out to a maximum 6.0m at the curb
  • Shall have a minimum of 1.0m setback from side property line

Side Yard Setbacks

The minimum side yard setbacks for all lots in this area shall be 1.5m.

Massing and Building Height

To satisfy the vision of lower-profiled homes in a treed setting, the intent of this guideline is to have the upper floors of multi-story homes contained within a large sloping roof. 

  • Craftsman homes shall have a primary eave line within 4.0m of grade.
  • Capital Modern homes shall have a predominant horizontal element within 4.0m of grade. The massing shall be broken into smaller offset planes to reduce the overall presence.
  • On walkout lots, the rear elevation shall contain a primary eave line within 7.0m of the rear grade. Unbroken three storey elevations are prohibited.
  • Floor areas above front turned garages must be fully contained within the roof line of the garage. In general, floor areas above garages are discouraged; they are energy inefficient due to the large envelope surface area.

High Visibility Elevations & Walkout Lots

  • Rear elevations and side elevations fronting public space shall be designed to the same level of detail as the front elevation, including handrails/guards, stonework, etc.
  • Support posts for elevated decks shall be consistent with design character of the house and should generally be 10” or greater in dimension. Cantilevered decks are not permitted.

Fences

We encourage and would like to maintain an open feel across the lots. As such, front yard fences are not permitted. To maximize the perception of space between houses, side yard fences are only  permitted to start at midway of house, extending to the rear yard. Where privacy is required, it is best achieved with trees and shrubs.

To enhance the quality of public spaces backing onto lots, the developer will provide decorative metal fences along all rear lot lines backing onto a reserve or park.

Consult the Landscaping Guidelines for additional homeowner fencing requirements.

Maximum House Size

The maximum house size, in square feet, of houses in Birch Homes shall be:

  • Bungalow: 2300 sf
  • Two storey:
    • up to 2 bedrooms: 2500 sf
    • 3 bedrooms: 2800 sf
    • more than 3 bedrooms: 3200 sf

Walkout level floor areas and bedrooms on the walkout level shall not be included in the above calculations.

Landscape Requirements

Homeowners are responsible for landscaping.  Refer to the Landscaping Guidelines for full details.

Lot Specific Requirements:

Block 8

Corner Lots 66 and 75

Corner Lots 66 and 75 shall have:

  • porches on the south east and north east respectively, and
  • equal elevation treatment on th eeast facing side elevations as per the front.

Lots 70 and 71

Lots 70 and 71 shall:

  • consider porches on corners facing a walkway.

Block 7 (North of May Road)

Lots 1 and 5

Lots 1 and 5 shall have:

  • porches on the southwest and southeast corners respectively, and
  • have equal elevation treatment to the south facing side elevations as per the front.

Lots 6 thru 9

Lots 6 thru 9 have long lots, ranging from 155’ to 163’ deep. They shall:

  • have 2m of additional planting in the front setbacks along the boulevard edge, and
  • have wide, welcoming front porches.

Lots 9 and 10

Lots 9 and 10 are situated adjacent to inter-subdivision walkways. They shall:

  • consider porches on corners facing a walkway and street, or two street faces,
  • have an upgraded elevation treatment to these side elevations,
  • have larger windows on this side elevation, and
  • have ample landscaping in these side yards.

Block 6 (South of May Road)

Lots 1 and 73

Lots 1 and 73 are both corner lots on the main entry road. They shall:

  • have a minimum 2.0m deep wrapping porch on the corner facing the entry road, and
  • have their garage access of off Mead Court.

Lots 23, 24, 36 and 37

Lots 23, 24, 36 and 37 are situated adjacent to inter-subdivision walkways. They shall:

  • consider porches on corners facing a walkway and street, or two street faces,
  • have an upgraded elevation treatment to these side elevations,
  • have larger windows on this side elevation, and
  • have ample landscaping in these side yards.

Lots 31 and 63

Lots 31 and 63 are corner lots that will be highly visible as one navigates this neighbourhood. The homes on these lots shall:

  • have corner wrapping porches on the street facing corners,
  • consider garage access of off Mead Place,
  • have equal elevation treatment to the street facing and rear elevations.

Lots 10 thru 23

Lots 10 thru 23 back onto the ravine.  They shall:

  • have equal elevation treatment to the front and rear elevations.

Lots backing onto Mactaggart Drive

Lots 1 (blk 7), 24 – 26, 34 - 36 (blk 6) back onto Mactaggart Drive.  They shall:

  • have upgraded elevation treatment to the rear elevations.
Larch Guidelines Version 3.0