When: Built circa 1985-1987
Where: Lord Simcoe Drive
Who: Built by The Fram Building Group
What I know: This is the first phase that Fram Building Group built in the L-Section. Later phases were developed further west near Parr Lake North and Parr Lake South, called Nortonville Estates West.
There are a handful of California-inspired designs in this area which have contemporary facades, two-storey rooms and/or split level layouts. Notable features include the second floor retreat with fireplace in the Hanavan and the front conservatory in the Norton. Quite a few of the plans also have a main-floor den and a curved staircase.
Interestingly, it does not appear that any houses based on the Nixon or Corbett design were actually built. I also appears that a handful of new plans were later added – which I do not have.
Most of the designs were offered with a unique contemporary facade option and a more traditionally-inspired one. The majority of buyers chose the traditionally-inspired option. In the later phases to the west no overly contemporary facade options were offered.
The houses are a great example of the challenges of designing larger houses with a two car garage on a 40-foot wide lot. A number of the plans have an angled front door tucked in behind the garage, which allows more space for a front facing window on the main level.
Toronto Star, February 7, 1987