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Tuesday
Sep202016

Fall Parade of New Homes - Sept 24 & 25

 

Join us this weekend for the Fall Parade of New Homes
Saturday, Sept 24 and Sunday, Sept 25.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This weekend, tour the 17 new homes that are on display Saturday and Sunday (September 24 & 25) from 1 pm – 4 pm. The participating homes all vary in style, size and design. So, whether you are buying, building or dreaming, you will want to see for yourself the latest trends and unique features available in new home construction.

Click to open a full list of all homes

 

Tuesday
Nov262013

Homebuilders Care Project Completed at Brunswick Street Mission

November 26, 2013 – NSHBA members and volunteers join Mayor Mike Savage for the official ribbon cutting ceremony and BBQ at the Brunswick Street Mission in Halifax

HALIFAX, NS - - The Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association’s (NSHBA) Homebuilders Care Program has just completed $100,000 worth of renovations, including new water conserving plumbing fixtures, energy efficient windows, interior painting, wood siding for the front elevation, as well as new eavestrough and downspouts at Brunswick Street Mission.

To celebrate the renovation completion, an official ribbon cutting and BBQ ceremony took place on Monday, November 25 at the Brunswick Street Mission at 12:00 noon with HRM Mayor Mike Savage, NSHBA CEO Paul Pettipas, NSHBA members and Brunswick Street Mission patrons.

“By making Brunswick Street Mission more energy efficient, we are able to provide them with an opportunity to spend more of their resources on their clients and less on building maintenance and upgrades,” says Paul Pettipas, NSHBA CEO. “Working with our members, staff and clients of the Brunswick Street Mission has been an incredibly worthwhile experience for everyone.”

The Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association is the representative voice of the residential construction industry in Nova Scotia. The mission of the Association is to provide professionalism in all aspects of our industry and provide quality, affordable housing choices for Nova Scotians. The Homebuilders Care program was developed in an effort to meet the needs of non-profit organizations that help others but have issues with the space they work in.

Saturday
Oct122013

Deck Construction and Maintenance Reference Guide

UNDERSTANDING YOUR DECK

Your deck is an important part of the structure of your home. It should be maintained and repaired as required.

The following are some tips to help ensure your deck stays safe:

  • Make sure that your deck is firmly connected to your home with galvanized lag bolts or carriage bolts. The bolts should be embedded into the framing of the house.
  • If your deck is fastened to a plate, the plate should be pressure treated and properly fastened to the house.
  • Direct water away from the area between the deck connection and the house (drip cap).
  • Decks that are built higher off the ground may require lateral bracing (stop deck from racking).
  • Older decks did not require a footing below the frost line. Newer decks require a footing below the frost line with sono tubes to carry the deck posts.
  • Center the deck posts on the sono tube. Deck posts should be pressure treated.
  • Present deck construction requires 6”x 6” posts. If your deck has 4”x4” deck posts, you may want to change to 6”x6”. (Optional: carport brackets to ensure that the deck posts will not shift on the concrete posts)
  • Make sure your deck railings and posts are secure.

Regular maintenance:

Staining or painting. Look for rust on bolts, screws and nails, especially on older decks. Look for the deck coming away from the house. The bolts may require tightening or on older decks, nails may be required to be replaced with lug bolts.

Building Code Requirements:

Handrail: Minimum height (guards) – 42” Maximum distance between pickets – 4”. When in doubt, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL to look at yoru deck and make the needed repairs.
For more information visit www.nshomebuilders.ca or phone 450-5554 / 1-800-668-2001.

 

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READ MORE: "Nice Deck. Is it safe?" (NH&R Fall 2015)


Tuesday
Sep172013

Your New Home: What’s Really in the Price?

HALIFAX, NS - - A new neighbourhood is more than just the houses that line the streets. There are many pieces that make up the whole, including critical infrastructure. It is important for new home buyers to understand where their money is spent and what they pay for in the final purchase price of their new home.

In light of HRM looking to add further costs to new residential construction, the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association (NSHBA) would like to remind Council of what exactly the new home purchasers currently pay for in regards to infrastructure in HRM.

In short, new home purchasers pay for ALL of the infrastructure that is associated with new home construction, including: 

  • Road building and paving 
  • Water and sewer lines 
  • Utility poles and wires 
  • Application, legal and engineering fees 
  • Sidewalks 
  • Street trees and landscaping 
  • Sodding 
  • Street lighting 
  • Walkways joining different streets 
  • Dedicated parks, walking trails and playgrounds 
  • Contribute to the upgrading of downstream existing central services and waste water treatment plants

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) benefits from this development process by collecting the revenue from taxes, fees and other charges, while receiving these new services at no charge to them.

“Raising fees may seem an easy source of revenue, but at whose cost,” asks Paul Pettipas, NSHBA CEO. “It all results in the home buyer paying more, no matter which way you look at it.”

Pettipas adds that this fact often gets buried amongst the talks and information sent out from HRM when new costs and fees increases are implemented, but the reality is, someone has to pay, and that someone is you, the home buyer.

The Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association is the representative voice of the residential construction industry in Nova Scotia. The mission of the Association is to provide professionalism in all aspects of our industry and provide quality, affordable housing choices for Nova Scotians.

For more information contact:

Paul Pettipas
NSHBA CEO 
450-5559 / 497-9636 

 

Sherry Donovan
NSHBA Communications Director
450-5558 / 497-0493
Monday
Sep162013

Homebuilders Care Program Chooses Brunswick Street Mission

HALIFAX, NS - - The Homebuilders Care Program of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association has chosen the Brunswick Street Mission as it project for 2013. 

The $100,000 renovation will be accomplished with material and labour donated by members of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association. The renovation will include new water conserving plumbing fixtures, energy efficient windows, new wood siding for the front elevation, as well as new eavestrough and downspouts. 

As a Home Builders’ Association, the organization is able to help non-profit associations in the community with their physical structures. 

“By making their building more energy efficient, while at the same time reducing their water usage, we are able to provide the Brunswick Street Mission with an opportunity to spend more of their resources on their clients and less on their building maintenance and upgrades,” says Paul Pettipas, NSHBA chief executive officer. 

Member firms who have currently committed labour and material to the Brunswick Street Mission project include Peter Kohler Windows and Entrance Systems, Lee Castle Plumbing & Heating, Marwood Ltd. (Cape Cod Siding), Sherwin Williams and Econo New Construction & Renovations. 

The Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association is the representative voice of the residential construction industry in Nova Scotia. The mission of the Association is to provide professionalism in all aspects of our industry and provide quality, affordable housing choices for Nova Scotians. The Homebuilders’ Care program was developed an effort to meet the needs of non-profit organizations that help others but have issues with the space they work in.  

For more information contact:

Paul Pettipas
NSHBA CEO 
450-5559 / 497-9636 

 

Sherry Donovan
NSHBA Communications Director
450-5558 / 497-0493