Nortonville Estates West – Fram

When: Built circa 1988-1990

Where: Laurelcrest Street (parts), Livery Way, Lillington Street (parts), Lone Oak Avenue, London Lane, Lansdowne Drive, Larchwood Place, Large Court, Lehar Court (parts), Lakeridge Drive (parts).

Who: Fram Building Group

What I Know: The earlier phase of this area The Nortonville Estate had some original and innovative designs in both the interior plan and facade. For this phase, the designs are more traditionally-inspired. That said, the houses in this phase were built to R-2000 energy-saving standards. The house at the southwest corner of Laurelcrest Street and Vodden Street was built as a prototype house for energy efficiency and is described in the last newspaper article below.

The 2194 and 2696 plans are notable as they do not have windows in the dining room. Due to the fairly narrow lot widths (37-feet) and the limited space between houses, fire bylaws prevent windows on one side of the house (the side facing the windows of the adjacent house).

A handful of larger houses on wider lots were built by Fram at the end of Lillington Street – the plans are below at the end of the post. I am missing the plans for the 40-foot houses on Lakeridge Drive.

Broles Building Corporation also built in the same area, east of Parr Lake North.

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The Nortonville Estate

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.


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Toronto Star, February 7, 1987

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This is a different – and later – version of the Alderson plan that I acquired (compared to the version above). The main floor has a squared-off breakfast room and the second level has a different layout – with a more practical master bedroom layout for furniture placement. The garage also has more usable space.026a 027 027a