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TRU carpentry students with instructor Tim Kasten, project manager Ron Wrabel, Jere Lorenz and Tom Calne of CHBA CI in front of the 2023 Training House project site and sponsorship council in Juniper West on August 4, 2022.
Trades students at Thompson Rivers University have begun construction on next year’s Y Dream Home.
The 2023 Training House Project, a partnership between TRU’s School of Trades and Technology and the Central Interior Canadian Home Builders Association, kicked off in Juniper West on Thursday.
Tim Kastan, a TRU instructor, said the project – now in its 33rd year – helps give trades students hands-on experience.
First-year residential construction students complete the foundation and framing of the house, and the house is completed by ACCH CI members.
“For us, it’s about enhancing the educational experience of our trades students by providing on-site experience in addition to classroom work,” Kasten said.
According to the Home Builders Association, the finished home was sold to the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA for their Dream Home lottery fundraiser for the past 26 years, with proceeds going to community programming.
Last year’s house was built in Tobiano.
Tom Calne, CHBA CI’s new president, said the construction is good for the association.
“This project allows us to be part of the community and also to highlight[s] the incredible talents of our local home building industry,” said Calne.
This year’s home is being built at 2197 Coldwater Dr. The style of the home is described by CHBA CI as “refreshing and modern,” a design by Grant Bergman of Bergman Home Design Inc.
Ron Wrabel of WrabelGen Ventures Ltd. will serve as the project manager for the construction, with other CHBA CI members supplying the products and labor.
According to a statement from CHBA CI, the new home will feature the latest innovative products and designs for those planning to build or remodel a home.
The association says it will showcase the construction stages on its social media platforms, giving followers an insight into the construction process.