Local submissions among winners in housing design contest

A panel of experts selected four one-storey and four two-storey housing designs from the competition as winners, and the plans for those housing developments have now been made available for purchase at $1,000 each.

The floor plans for all the projects are 90m2 or less, and are all two-bedrooms and one- to two baths, but range in styles from single family homes to row-houses to a cube house.

Even though the designs came from people across Canada, a majority of the winners were locals.

Vernon’s Alyssa Quiring and Dora Anderson won with their submissions for the ‘Familiar Faces’ and ‘The Sprout’ designs.

Kelowna’s Levi Weaver won twice with his ‘The Louise’ and ‘The Francis’ designs.

The ‘Single Storey’ design by Dennis Lowe of Salmon Arm was another winner from this competition.

Five other one-floor housing styles and two more two-floor housing styles had also been approved through the contest, although the RDNO had not released the details on those designs.

One set of the pre-approved plans and a PDF can be purchased as-is for $1,000, plus GST. Additional copies can be purchased after the initial purchase for $10 per page. The full building plans can only be viewed in person at the RDNO office.

Although each municipality will need to be consulted for zoning and utility servicing purposes, the pre-approval is intended to ensure the shovels can get on the ground and the houses are built quicker.

Developers wishing to make any modifications or additions to the approved plans will need to contact the design team to discuss changes.

All the concept images and floor plans for the winning designs can be seen on the RDNO website.

As the winners have now been selected, the RDNO is asking the public to vote on their favorite designs. People can visit the RDNO website and vote for their People’s Choice selection until June 26.

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