The Maison Grande-Digue House is a house style that can be found in many communities throughout Canada and North America. It was built after WWII in response to housing needs for returning veterans and their families. It is included as a prototype for superinsulated housing for its simplicity and affordability. In contrast to the Cocagne House, this prototype design incorporates a sheltering roof for the second floor. Surprisingly, the floor space is about the same. When originally built, the finishing of the second floor to include bedrooms and second bath was marketed as an option. A couple could purchase an affordable home and finish the upper floor as their family grew, but revert to the main level as they aged. The homes were often constructed in developments rather than individually. Over the years these home were modified with additions or shed roofs. The homes were individualized by special architectural detailing, materials and landscaping.
The house presented in this blog is built on a full basement with two bedrooms and a bath on the second floor. It could also be built on a crawl space or slab-on-grade foundation. It could also be built as only a one story house with a trussed roof.