Construction of the 20201 Training House — which annually becomes the grand prize in the Y Dream Home Lottery — has begun.
The Central Interior chapter of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and Thompson Rivers University’s School of Trades and Technology are once again partnering in the project, which is located in Westsyde, at 105-2575 Elston Dr.
This Training House project, now in its 31st year, gives first-year residential construction and electrical program students at TRU a hands-on building experience. The students do the foundation, framing and rough-in work, with the home being finished CHBA-CI members.
For the last 24 years, the finished home has been sold to the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA for its Y Dream Home Lottery fundraiser. Proceeds from the lottery fund Y programs in Kamloops.
The Training House has won awards every year for its unique public-private partnership, sustainable elements and community contribution.
The 2021 Training House will be a 2,800-square-foot, two-storey home worth an estimated $650,000. it is being designed by Ivory Winston of Procad Designs Ltd. and the interior designer is Deanne Roberts of Fine & Dandy Interiors. The house style is contemporary craftsman.
CHBA-CI builder Tom Eggers of Chimera Construction Ltd. is project manager, with various CHBA-CI members chipping in with product and labour support.
“This project allows us to be part of the community and also showcase the incredible talents in our local homebuilding industry,” CHBA-CI president Kelly Reid said.
Added TRU instructor Bryce Coombs: “For us, it is about enhancing the educational experience of our trades students by giving them on-site experience in addition to classroom work.”