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Modern, very green home is like ‘an urban farm’

Ottawa Citizen

She wanted an urban farm. He wanted a solid wall to hang a flat screen television and room for an Xbox.

They both knew their 100-year-old wooden house in the heart of Sandy Hill was past its prime. There was indoor plumbing, but the two young urbanites used the gas stove to keep warm and it only had one working burner.

David Collister, a policy analyst with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, set up house with blogger, writer and provincial daycare inspector Jennifer Jane Whiteford on Nelson Street, blending their three senior dogs under one rickety roof.

“We knew there were problems, but it became clearer when I tried to hang our 42-inch flat screen television on a wall. It wouldn’t stay up,” remembers Collister. “Previous owners had drywalled over an entrance. They had also taken support walls out.”

Jennifer Whiteford and David Collister wanted room to grow in their award-winning home. A brother or sister will soon join two-year-old Milo Collister and dog Oreo. Jennifer Whiteford and David Collister wanted room to grow in their award-winning…

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