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As the weather becomes warmer many home owners are starting to contemplate renovation, additions and improvements for this construction season. Finding a contractor in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut is sometimes a difficult challenge especially in the smaller communities.
2009 NWT Community Survey Housing Component More details
Historical Indicators of Housing Adequacy and Tenure More details
Historical Indicators of Crowding Northwest Territories and Communities. More details
Iqaluit is Moving In!
IQALUIT, Nunavut: So far in 2010, thirty-four Iqaluit families have a brand new place to call home. More details
Eco-friendly ways to save money
on your home
Non-traditional ways of building a home can result in long-term cost savings, those who attended a sustainable housing event at Northern United Place heard on Tuesday night.
Dwayne Wohlgemuth, the first person to build a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard home North of 60, provided a number of tips that can make a home more energy efficient.
He advised, for example, to choose a location close to amenities to minimize vehicle use as well as to retain natural vegetation of a site. Cutting down on the use of water through recycling measures in addition to minimizing the extensive wood in framing can go a long way to reduce costs, he said.
Homeownership Entry Level Program (HELP) provides assistance to prospective first-time homebuyers. Clients who are not able to secure mortgage financing or are unsure of their responsibilities as homeowners are provided the opportunity of experiencing homeownership commitments before purchasing a home.
Solutions to Educate People (STEP) provides education and counselling assistance consisting of four courses designed to prepare participants for the requirements of homeownership.
Allows clients the opportunity to become homeowners by
assisting in the construction or purchase of a modest home. Assistance
is provided in the form of a forgivable loan. Applicant(s) must be 19
years of age or older, and have lived in the NWT for three years: one
continuous year in the community prior to approval. Not available to
persons who have owned a home in the past five years.
Assists homeowners in making necessary repairs to
their home in the form of a forgivable loan to subsidize the cost of
preventative maintenance checks, repairs and renovations for their
existing home. The forgiveness period is dependent on the amount of
assistance being provided. Additional assistance available for improving
accessibility of dwellings for persons with disabilities.
Provides a 10-year forgivable loan to be used for a downpayment
according to the client's community. For the purchase of an existing
home, up to $45,000 is available. For new construction, up to $75,000,
Provides up to
$50,000 as a forgivable loan to homeowners in order to undertake major
renovations, home repairs, and upgrades.
Interim or bridge financing of up to 85 per cent
of the principal amount of an approved first mortgage to a homeowner who
cannot obtain similar financing from a private lender. Interest on the
loan is set at 2 per cent higher than the average Chartered Bank's
five-year first mortgage rate.
Allows tenants who
are able to assume the responsibility of homeownership to purchase their
public housing unit. The Nunavut Housing Corporation will replace units
sold under this program within three years.
to become new homeowners. The Nunavut Housing Corporation provides a
selection of three and four-bedroom home designs. Also pays for the cost
of a material package to construct a new home, including the shipping
Provides a grant
of up to $15,000 to homeowners to undertake emergency repairs.
CMHC - About Your House - North Series:
Arctic Hot Roof Design The Arctic Hot Roof is a roof system specifically designed to meet the North's extreme conditions. Northern housing professionals can learn about the four basic components of the system: the roof deck; continuous membrane; rigid insulation; and roof cover. Detailed illustrations are provided along with advice on when to install an Arctic Hot Roof. More details
Building with Structural Panels - Repulse Bay The Repulse Bay project offered an opportunity to evaluate the adaptability of structural insulated panels (SIPs) in a high latitude community compared to wood frame construction. The project demonstrated that material costs were comparable to wood frame construction and the home could be constructed in significantly less time. More details
Eagle Lake Healthy House Appropriate for Aboriginal and northern housing planners and builders, this report looks at the healthy house built at the Eagle Lake First Nation near Dryden, Ontario. The home illustrates housing that can be durable, affordable and environmentally responsible in remote areas. In this report, you'll learn about the community partnerships, off-grid utility system, diesel generator, waste water system and other factors that made the project possible. Includes illustrations and technical specifications. More details
Snowshoe Inn, Fort Providence Co-Generation Model Co-generation, or combined heat and power, provides a means of conserving energy by using existing energy sources more efficiently. Northern housing planners and builders can learn about the success of the co-generation system at the Snowshoe Inn in the Northwest Territories, one of the first models developed in the North and now over 20 years old but still operating at low cost. This report covers the initial installation servicing a 35-room motel and several private homes. More details
The best way to avoid a major fuel leak and costly clean up is prevention. Fuel tanks don't last forever and eventually they will leak. In the last few years several major oil leaks in Yellowknife have cost homeowners thousands of dollars.
The heart of the home ... your kitchen
Kitchen renovations are sometimes the most difficult ones to undertake. The mess, disruption and choices can be just plain scary. How do you know what to choose?
Packaging the Interior
A kitchen can have a major impact on the value of your property. The following is a few ideas that can increase the appeal of your home without spending a great deal of money.