Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 6, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
1O THE IETHSHIDGE HERALD _ Tuesday, October 6, Add Water., Stir: Instant House WINNIPEG" (CP) The era of Ihe instant house has come to Winnipeg. Using only a slight variation on the add water and products, the new houses need just money and Wi days. A three-bedroom bungalow has been built here in 4'.2 work- ing days using a new method of construction for single-fam- ily housing. As a prototype for projects -designed to produce one house a day, the dwelling was built of precast concrete panels and floor using the modular system. The house is a project of Great Northern Capital Corp., a Toronto-based public com- pany specializing in commun- ity building. It results from the company's success with Can- ada's precast high-rise apart- ment building here last winter. At that time a posh 15-storey apartment was completed at the rate of one floor a week. This spring the company de- cided to adapt the high-rise precast system to lower-priced single family tomes. "Most. of our population at present, in the to income bracket is unable to af- ford single .family ex- plained company vice-president C. D. Smith. By using the same mould CLOSETS Through the ingenious use of a few decorating materials, closets can provide an attrac-. tdve and well-organized area for storage, says the Canadian Paint Manufacturers Associa- tion. First attach a piece, of hard- board pegboard to the back of your closet. Then paint the hardboard and closet interior with a flat or semi-gloss ena- mel. When the paint .is -dry, attach hooks in the pegboard and hang household items .cloth- ing, cleaning materials, cook- ing utensils, keys! A peek into your attractive new closet will be enough Uf brighten your day. some 300 to 400 times the com- pany hopes to be able to pro- duce quality homes at a lower price. Design is apparently not hampered by the mould sys- tem and the company says ex- terior patterns are unlimited. EVEN LANDSCAPED On the first day precast walls were erected and bolted to a hollow-core concrete floor. The entire.roof was lifted by one crane and placed on top the precast walls. The 10-ton roof fitted into place like the last piece of a jigsaw. The next three days say the various construction sub-trades swarm PANELING The most glamorous names in prefinished paneling may be rosewood and teak but some of the most beautiful new wall panels bear humble labels like cedar pine and fir. A relative newcomer to the field of pre: finished paneling is knotty cedar. It has a distinctive deep red-brown color that gives k richness of tone without need lor staining. over the building and Hie lot was landscaped. Because of the solid con- struction concrete every- where and the bolting and welding, the homes arc virtual- ly fireproof. Basement walls won't crack as the wall panels are all reinforced steel and there can be no.shifting or heaving due to soil and weath- er conditions. Additional space is gained -through thinner interior walls which add 75 square feet of liv- ing area and another. 37.5 square feet is gained in the basement due to the absence of supports and joists. Because the house is draft- free, air makeup must be pro- vided by the The heatr ing system also has a 10 per .cent fresh-air supply. All wiring is concealed and there is only one main supply along the rear wall from the furnace. Great Northern Capital has plans to' use the system to build different style homes in both western and eastern Can- ada. y E p__.rf I I frcs rcs I Working drawings showing how to build hundred? homes are available for 315 I set from CMHC, Head Offic% Ottawa. HOMES LTD. present "THE IMPERIAL" for HOME SHOW '70 This Fine Family Home Features: 3 Bedrooms Bathrooms Open Hearth Fireplace and Large Bay Window in Living Room Wall-to-Wall Carpeting Kitchen Features Lunch Counter Separate Large Dining Room Hood Over Range in Kitchen Double Plumbing Roughed In FOLLOW THE SIGNS to the SHOW HOMES with the FURNITURE and FLOOR COVERINGS SUPPLIED RY CAPITOL FURNITURE Located at 1315 GLACIER DRIVE Be sure to visit the Lethbridge Housebuilders Assoc. HOME SHOW 70 ON DISPLAY DAILY 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.