fbpx

Kingswood Engineers Ltd.

Celebrating a Century of House Construction Evolution: The Structural Engineer's View

History of Ontario Housing

Early 20th Century Architectural Mastery (1900s – 1920s)

In the early 20th century, Toronto’s housing was dominated by Victorian, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman styles. These structures, rooted in traditional craftsmanship, heavily relied on wood for frame construction. Structural engineers today face unique challenges when renovating these homes, given their load-bearing walls and wood-based construction.

Adapting to Economic Shifts (1930s – 1940s)
The Great Depression and World War II era brought practicality to the forefront of house construction. The double-brick walls and smaller, functional designs of this period are key considerations for structural engineers, especially in cities like Hamilton and Toronto.

Post-War Housing Boom and Innovation (1950s – 1960s)
The post-war era marked a significant shift in housing demand and style. The introduction of Levittowns, ranch-style, and bungalow-style homes, along with the use of concrete block construction, represented a shift towards more efficient building practices. Structural engineers today often work on transforming these homes to suit modern preferences, such as creating open-concept layouts.

Architectural Diversity and Energy Efficiency (1970s – 1980s)
This period saw a diversification in architectural styles with the emergence of split-level homes and a focus on energy efficiency. The structural engineer’s role expanded to include the integration of better insulation and efficient heating systems in these diversely styled homes.

Late 20th Century Trends and Sustainability (1990s – 2000s)
The late 20th century brought open floor plans, larger kitchens, and master suites into vogue. “McMansions” emerged, and sustainable building practices became increasingly important. Structural engineers played a crucial role in balancing these trends with environmental concerns.

21st Century Smart Homes and Green Building (2010s – Present)
The current century emphasizes sustainability and smart home technology. Structural engineers are at the forefront of integrating eco-friendly materials and advanced technologies, ensuring that contemporary homes are not only aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally responsible and technologically advanced.

Through each era, the structural engineer has been integral to the evolution of house construction in Canada, ensuring safety, efficiency, and sustainability in our living spaces. This journey through time not only showcases architectural trends but also highlights the significant role of structural engineering in shaping the Canadian housing landscape.

Read Our Educational Posts

Fourplex design with rear parking

Mississauga Embracing Fourplexes

Dive into Mississauga’s groundbreaking zoning by-law amendments that permit four units on low-rise residential lots, a strategic move to address housing challenges and embrace diverse living options.

Read More »
Oakville Building Permit Drawings

Guide to Building Permit Applications in Oakville

This guide outlines the process of applying for a building permit in Oakville. It covers understanding local regulations, types of projects requiring permits, how to apply, payment methods, and the review process post-submission. It emphasizes adherence to the Ontario Building Code and Oakville’s zoning laws.

Read More »
How to change zoning bylaws

Why is No One Building ADUs in Ontario?

This blog post summarizes the excellent report by abouthere.ca that explores the reasons behind this and suggests potential solutions to address the housing crisis. We also discuss the implications for Ontario housing supply and Accessory Dwelling Unit buildout.

Read More »
Hamilton Vaulted Ceiling Finished

How to Create a Vaulted Ceiling in your Home?

Vaulted ceilings are an architectural feature characterized by arched or curved shape, adding visual grandeur and height to interiors. They can take various forms like cathedral, shed, beam, tray and barrel. Integrating them into homes involves understanding structural implications, careful planning, design and execution, and compliance with regulatory standards. They

Read More »
top

Construction

From preconstruction to virtual design and construction, we offer a wide range of services to meet your building needs.

Lump-Sum Contracting

The Construction Manager is not required to provide an estimate or contract cost breakdown and does not typically participate in pre-construction.

Design - Build

Certainty of outcome. It’s why our clients choose us for their most challenging Design/Build projects.

Pre-Construction Services

From engineering to preconstruction, we offer a variety of services and delivery methods.