Structural Features

MPAC collects information about a number of structural features that may affect the value of your house.

Click on the name of the Structural feature for more details:

Air Conditioning

MPAC’s database notes whether or not a property has a central air conditioning system. For assessment purposes, MPAC does not record portable or window-mounted air conditioner units.

Basement Area

The basement area includes both finished and unfinished areas. The unfinished area includes the total area of a basement, usually below grade, with a ceiling height of five feet or greater. The basement garage area is included with the unfinished basement area.
The finished basement area includes the total floor area of all the finished area(s) in the basement using interior measurements. MPAC categorizes finished basements into recreation rooms, finished basements (typically recreation room, bedroom(s) and bathroom) and basement apartments (self-contained units with kitchen, bathrooms and separate entrance).

Basement height is measured from the top of the basement floor to the top of the ceiling joist or from the bottom of the ceiling joist to the bottom of the concrete pad (default six-inch thickness).

Bathrooms

The total number of bathrooms includes both full and half bathrooms.

Full Bathroom
Three or more fixtures and includes a shower stall or bathtub.

Half Bathroom
Two fixtures in any combination, typically a toilet and sink.

Bedrooms

This is the total number of bedrooms in the house.

Condition

This refers to the physical condition of the house in relation to its age.

Excellent
Maintained in superior condition. Not altered from its original construction.

Good
Maintained in above-average condition. Not altered from its original construction.

Average
Received regular maintenance.

Fair
No normal maintenance. Shows signs of neglect.

Poor
No maintenance. Structure abused. Displays significant amount of abnormal deterioration requiring major expense to restore.

Design Type

Click on the name of the design type for more details:

A-frame

Virtually no exterior sidewall. Roofline forms the shape of an “A” and extends from peak to ground level.

Century

Typically has an age of 100+ years or are built as reproduction homes.

Designated or Heritage

Designation applied to property. Specifically recognized by Federal or Provincial Act, or by municipal by-law, as having historical significance that historical significance specified in act or by-law.

Log

Exterior walls constructed solely of logs. Logs also form interior perimeter walls so that an interior wall finish is not necessary.

Panabode Style (Small Log)

Log homes that characteristically have smaller milled logs. Usually constructed with double-walled construction, tongue-and-groove joints and partition walls of same construction.

Pre-Fabricated/Modular

Factory-built structures. Transported to site where they are set on foundations and connected to required services.

Quadroplex

Four individual units. Usually refers to type of condominium structure which is constructed with four units, each unit having two sides abutting two other condo units in structure.

R-2000

Built to, and designated with, R-2000 specifications.

Raised Bungalow

First floor and basement are elevated.

Stone

Exterior walls constructed of solid stone.

Timber Frame

Construction technique. Identified by visible interior timber framework.

Wartime

Generally built between 1940-1950.  Simple box floor plan.

Fireplaces

MPAC records the total number of fireplaces, including fireplace inserts, in a structure. Acorn fireplaces, Franklin or airtight stoves are not considered fireplaces for assessment purposes.

Full Storeys

Full storeys refers to the number of storey(s) above grade, excluding the basement level. A full upper storey refers to an exterior wall height of five and one half feet or more.

Heating Type

This refers to the principal heating system.

The major heating systems found in homes are:

Heating Code Heating Code Description
EL - electric baseboard
FA - forced air (oil, natural gas or electric)
GR - gravity hot air
HW - hot water
NO - no central heating system
OT - other type of central heat
PL - pipeless hot air
RD - radiant electric

Partial Storeys

MPAC has three subclasses for partial storey.

Three-quarter Storey
The height of the second floor exterior wall is less than 5.5' and greater than 1'.

Half Storey
There is no exterior wall and the roof pitch is greater than ½.

One-Quarter Storey
There is no exterior wall and the roof pitch is less than ½.

Porches and Decks

There are four types of porches or decks.

Uncovered
No roof over porch or deck.

Covered
Full roof over porch or deck.

Enclosed - Type 1
Enclosure is not same quality as house. Used seasonally.

Enclosed - Type 2
Enclosure similar in quality to house. Generally, insulated and separately heated for year-round use. Can easily be closed off from main structure.

Primary Structure Information

MPAC uses codes to identify additional structure data elements:

Data Element Code Data Element Code Description
A Premium roof finish (cedar shakes, slate, clay tile).
B Walkout basement.
C Structure built on a concrete slab foundation.
D Overbuilt for neighbourhood. Home is considerably larger and of superior quality compared to most other homes in neighbourhood.
E Underbuilt for neighbourhood. Home is considerably smaller and of inferior quality compared to most other homes in neighbourhood.
F End unit (freehold and condominium townhouses).
G Corner unit (walk-up, high-rise style condominium).
H Penthouse unit. Condominium unit is usually larger than, and not a model similar to, any units on other floors. Penthouse units are usually located on upper floors. 
I Unit on top floor. Condominium unit is a model similar to any unit on other floors but is located on top floor. Usually refers to condominium unit not designated as penthouse unit.
J Ground floor unit with walkout (condominium unit that has a walkout).
K Ground floor unit without walkout (condominium unit that doesn’t have a walkout).
L Open balcony.
M More than one open balcony.
N Enclosed balcony.
O Boat slip.
P Condominium unit next to elevator.
Q Condominium unit next to stairs.
R Condominium unit next to garbage chute.
S Structure close to road. The front living area is less than ten feet from the road or it is not within the setback allowances in the zoning bylaws. “Front,” in this case, is considered to be the road, corresponding to where the property is addressed.
T One bedroom bed & breakfast.
U Two bedroom bed & breakfast.
V Three bedroom bed & breakfast.
W Four to six bedroom bed & breakfast.
X Rear unit. Townhouse or condominium unit built facing rear or inside of property. May overlook parking area or inside courtyard.
Y Infill. Applied to new or newer structure, built in older neighbourhood. Typically, older structure demolished to make way for new structure, or larger lot severed to create new parcel.

Note: The applicable law prevails to the extent there is any conflict between this information and the current law. This information is not intended to provide legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.

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