Background: Located in Westboro, an urban neighbourhood close to the Ottawa river, the house sits on the site of one of the original cottages built in the early 1900s when the area was still used for logging. When the current owners bought the property in 2009, they originally had the intention of expanding the 800 square foot house with a second storey addition, but a closer investigation of the foundation and interior structure revealed that the initial structure had deteriorated significantly over the years and could not be preserved. Due to the desirable location of the property, rather than looking for a larger house in another neighbourhood, the residents opted to demolish the existing structure and build a new house on the site. To conform to strict zoning requirements, the footprint of the original house was maintained, but the interior space was re-organized to enable the house to serve a private residence, with the flexibility to accommodate a home business.
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