As the Japanese proverb goes “the bam- boo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists,” and so your home should also be adaptable to meet your changing needs.
Canada’s national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation provides an “Accessible Housing by Design” series containing fact sheets, checklists and information guides at your finger tips to help make your house accessible.
Because people who inhabit and visit our houses range in age from infants to seniors and possess various ever-changing abilities and skills our housing needs change over time.
A house that is designed and built to reflect the principles of universal design is safer and more accommodating to every- one who lives or visits there, regardless of age or physical ability.
CMHC’s About Your House fact sheets provide information to help you assess your renovation project and easy-to-understand tips on home maintenance and repair.
Furthermore, whether you are purchas- ing an energy-efficient house or retrofitting to improve the energy-efficiency of an exist- ing house, a 10% Refund on your CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium may be available.
These and many other tips can be found on CMHC’s website at www.cmhc. ca or by calling 1-800-668-2642. When you subscribe to the e-newsletter “@ Home with CMHC,” you will receive practical tips and helpful advice as well as current and topical information relating to a wide variety of homeownership interests.