CHBA

CHBA has been "the voice of Canada's residential construction industry" since 1943. Representing one of the largest industry sectors in Canada, our membership is made up of over 8,500 companies – including home builders, renovators, land developers, trade contractors, product and material manufacturers, building product suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers, and service professionals.

How to make changes once a renovation begins

Your dream renovation is underway. You found the right contractor, checked their references, agreed on the plans and schedule, and most importantly signed a contract that includes a warranty. But you’ve just found the perfect lighting fixture or floor tile, and it’s different than what’s in your contract. Or you’ve opened up a wall to … Continued

CHBA-NL & Habitat for Humanity Partnership Strengthens #CdnBuilt Communities

For the past decade, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Newfoundland and Labrador (CHBA-NL) has collaborated with Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador (Habitat NL) to effect positive change in their community. Newfoundland’s First Tiny Home is one result of this partnership. In March 2016, just prior to the CHBA-NL 33rd Annual Home Show, CHBA-NL … Continued

Everything you need to know before hiring a contractor

Before hiring a contractor for your home renovation or repair project, here are some important questions you need to answer. Remember that professional contractors can provide clear answers to your questions. If they can’t, they’re not the right contractor for you. Before hiring a contractor, ask yourself: Is this the right contractor? You need someone … Continued

#CdnBuilt: Members of MHBA Renovate Home for Child with Scoliosis

To many people, a young girl with scoliosis and a group of home building and renovating professionals may seem an unlikely duo. But not to the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association (MHBA) and their past president Mike Moore, who were looking for a way to give back and make life better for someone in Winnipeg, Manitoba. … Continued

How to avoid common bathroom renovation mistakes

If you’re planning on updating your bathroom, or are currently undergoing a bathroom renovation, remember that achieving a great space isn’t just about choosing great tiles, cabinets and fixtures. Real renovation success depends on getting the hidden technical details right behind the scenes. Take the exhaust fan, for example. Even high-end bathroom renovations often end … Continued

#CdnBuilt: CHBA Members Stand by Those Affected By B.C. Wildfires

Tens of thousands of British Columbians have been displaced as wildfires rip through the province, which was declared under a state of emergency in early July. Seeing how hard so many communities have already been hit, Lacey Developments jumped to action just last week. “As a homebuilder, we know this is not just a ‘today … Continued

#CdnBuilt for Generations: CHBA member revives Ottawa’s National Arts Centre in time for Canada’s 150th

Measured at more than one million square feet of concrete, brick and granite, the National Arts Centre has been home to thousands of cultural arts performances since its grand opening in 1969. On July 1, 2017 — 50 years after its original construction began— the Canadian landmark will be unveiled to the public once again, … Continued

Project Hope: Community Rallies to Build Net Zero Ready Home in Just Three Days

From June 9 to 11, 2017, CHBA Member Doug Tarry Homes gathered more than 600 volunteers in St. Thomas, Ontario to build Project Hope – a Net Zero Ready Home – in just three days. Proceeds of the sale of this new home will help support the family of a local man, Johnny Nooren, who … Continued

Cycling to end the cycle of poverty: CHBA President Eric DenOuden Exemplifies #CdnBuilt

Nine weeks, nearly 7,000 kilometres and 135 riders— CHBA president Eric DenOuden is not going on just any ordinary bike ride. Beginning June 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia DenOuden will kick off his cross-Canada trek to raise awareness and funds to fight poverty with Sea to Sea, a cycling project aimed at finding solutions to … Continued

Five kitchen flooring ideas you’ll love for your home renovation

Kitchens are high-traffic rooms that need exceptional flooring. Besides having to look good, kitchen flooring needs to withstand spills, food, sliding chairs, dropped dishes and the occasional mopping. Here are the pros and cons of the five top kitchen flooring choices. Ceramics, porcelain and stone tiles: Ceramics are a favourite for kitchens because they’re tough, … Continued

Seven elements to include in your home renovation contract

“A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.” While historians disagree on who came up with this timeless quote, its accuracy isn’t questioned. That’s why when you hire someone to work on your home, you need a written home renovation contract. Seven features of a good home renovation contract A contract can be … Continued

How to stop window condensation in your home

If beads of water run down the inside of your windows during cold weather, also known as window condensation, it’s not necessarily a sign you’ve got bad windows. It’s likely your windows are doing what they’re supposed to do — keeping outdoor air outside. Wet windows can indicate two different but related problems. Indoor humidity … Continued

Welcome to CHBA’s Blog

Find everything you need to know about home ownership in Canada. Whether you’re seeking renovation tips, looking for a professional contractor, trying to understand the stages of the home building process – and more – the CHBA blog is a great place to start. Owning a home in Canada: What you need to know, and … Continued