McKinnon House

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340 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver, BC

McKinnon House
MacKinnon-Exterior.jpg

The exterior of McKinnon House maintains a charming fairytale-like appearance with its old-fashioned roof style and thriving ever green gardens
Building Information
Management Company Carriage Management
Number of Units 42
Number of Floors 3
Year Built 1975
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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340 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit 500 meters
Region Vancouver
Municipality North Vancouver
Zoning RM-1
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Building being rehabilitated from "Leaky Condo Crisis," note the very one dimensional facade with no overhangs and no window flashing

The McKinnon House is a low rise building built in 1975 in the contemporary styles of the time. Although it may look dated, don't let that deceive you. The large sloping overhangs and roof flashing make it much less vulnerable to water damage than those buildings designed during the leaky condo crisis. The damaged buildings have little to no overhangs and no flashing, allowing water moisture and wind-driven rain to seep through the facade.[1]

As of 2002, 50,000 units had been labeled victims of the leaky condo crisis and strata fees skyrocketed in order to pay for the repairs and rehabilitation. The majority of these buildings were built between 1994 and 2005.

Not only is Mckinnon House durable, it has also has had updates. The roof was re-done in 2006, the lobby was remodeled in 2007, and the piping was relined in 2011. The reason why buildings have problems, is that sometimes, maintenance requirements may have been deferred or in extreme cases, ignored. Owners of this building have cared enough to ensure it remains a long-lasting, happy home for everyone.[2]


Location

Spectacular views of Downtown Vancouver

Sitting in beautiful North Vancouver, McKinnon House residents enjoy views of downtown Vancouver without having to deal with the chaotic traffic, busy sidewalks and sirens screeching down through the downtown streets at all hours.

North Vancouver does have its share of high rise towers and busy streets, but McKinnon House is located in the residential area called Lower Lonsdale and is about a ten minute walk from Lonsdale Quay.[3]

Within the general area is a Public Library, St. Andrews Park, an IGA Market, Empire Theatres, and not too far away, the Lions Gate Hospital. For those looking to dine, great options are Palki Best Indian Cuisine, Andreas Italian Restaurant, Neighbourhood Noodle House, Pasparos Taverna Greek Food, and Red Chilli Szechuan Restaurant.


Construction

Grandville Island Concrete Plant

McKinnon house is wood-frame building resting upon a concrete perimeter foundation. This method follows construction practices that have been in prevalent in British Columbia for decades.

A reason why so many houses are built this way, is that all the materials required are readily available. The natural wood comes from the surrounding forests, and Vancouver has many concrete plants throughout the municipalities including Granville Island and the City of Richmond.

Wood frame buildings are good in high risk earthquake zones because the structure has some flex to it. Nails themselves can bend, absorbing some of the forces from the earthquake. Obviously the building isn't "earthquake proof" but it should hold up long enough for occupants to reach safety in a larger earthquake.

The exterior finish is constructed with wood siding, featured brick veneer sections, and wooden shingles on the roof. It should be noted how well recessed the windows are from the edge of the roof, protecting them from the wind-driven rains of Vancouver.[4]


Layout and Features

The 42 units were never universally updated. All upgrades have been at the expense of the owners, which many have chosen to do.

Some of the units have stainless steel appliances, laminate flooring, and other modern features.

Many units have balconies.[5]

The maintenance fees cover garbage pickup, gardening, heat, hot water, and management. [6]

Floor Plans

Unfortunately no floor plans are available to the general public.

However, a video slide show presentation of McKinnon House and many of its features is available.

It can be viewed in the References Section of this article.[7]

Amenities

McKinnon House provides generic amenities. Although lacking compared to the newer high rise buildings, it should be considered that even though it doesn't have a rooftop pool or state-of-the-art fitness center, that strata fees are much cheaper than buildings that provides these luxuries.

The amenities provided are:

  • underground parking [8]
  • shared laundry facilities
  • garage door
  • caretaker
  • gardening services
  • storage
  • bike room [9]

Bylaws

McKinnon House Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • 2 cats or dog (30 lbs)[10]
  • rentals are allowed with restrictions [11]
  • there are no age restrictions on the occupants

Sustainability

Vancouver representing their recycling and green initive

McKinnon house was build long before the concepts of LEED and sustainable buildings appeared on the shores of Vancouver.

The building itself was not built with sustainability in mind, yet there were some unintentional concepts used. For example, the majority of the construction materials used were local and the use of timber frame qualifies the building to be considered one built out of a renewable resource.

Vancouver encourages its inhabitants to do their part for the environment and many of the contributions can be done at home. Simple tasks such as turning off lights, and taking shorter showers can make a big difference in the amount of light and energy we consume.

In addition, North Vancouver also provides a recycling program along with their garbage pick up.


Trivia

Lower Lonsdale dockyard
  • The Lower Lonsdale area was historically a lumber and ship building industry. It is currently going through a renewal process where the old ship yards are being torn down to make room for new commercial developments.[12]
  • The Burrard Dry Dock was the largest shipyard in Western Canada employing over 14,000 people and building 1/3 of Canadas WWII Victory Ships during World War II.
  • St. Paul's Church was built in 1860, making it one of the first churches in the North Vancouver.

References

  1. North Van Condo
  2. Todd Pocklington
  3. BC Condos
  4. BC Condos
  5. My Real Page
  6. BC Condo
  7. McKinnon House video walk through
  8. Simon Coutts
  9. Todd Piocklington
  10. My Real Page
  11. Tod Pocklington
  12. Wikipedia


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