Home and Garden Show

BC Home and Garden Show

Visit us at the BC Home and Garden Show this weekend!

We are very excited to be in the BC Home and Garden Show this weekend!  Come visit us at the Holmes Approved Homes booth # 217.

Location:  BC Place Stadium

When we are the Show:

   Thursday:  5pm – 9pm

   Friday:  12pm – 9pm

   Saturday:  10am – 9pm

   Sunday:  10am – 6pm

Visit www.bchomeandgardenshow.com for show times and ticket info.

See you at the show!

IBS 2016 and Mike Holmes!

Last week we attended the International Builders Show in Las Vegas.  The show is a massive home show with vendor booths from all over the world.  From construction software to the latest in geo exchange and solar, we saw it all.

While the show itself was impressive, we were privileged to spend one day at the show with Mike Holmes, a Canadian residential home improvement contractor and television show host.  Also with us were members of Mike Holmes’ family and his support team.  We visited various vendor booths, saw product demos, and learned more about healthy, energy efficient building.  It was a lot of fun!

Over the next couple of months, we will be adding information to our website and officially announcing that we are a “Holmes Approved Homes” builder. You can see what this means by clicking here.  We’ll be sharing our story of how we were found by the Holmes Group in coming weeks on our blog.  Be sure to check back for updates!

Besides attending the show, we also spent one day in Las Vegas taking in the first ever Holmes Approved Homes Summit with other builders in Canada.  This was our first time meeting many of the builders that are also part of the Holmes Approved Homes program.  It is an honour and privilege to be part of this group of builders dedicated to building better.

We will be in a couple of Home Shows in the month of February so be sure to visit our Facebook page for more information.

Mike Holmes & Mike Holmes Jr.
Mike Holmes & Mike Holmes Jr.

It’s Here! New Website Announcement!

We are pleased to reveal our newly designed website for Sonbuilt Custom Homes!  Check it out!

This new website is more agile, easier to navigate, and entirely mobile friendly.  It’s designed to allow our web visitors to find information quickly and easily.  Our main goal in designing this site was to help our clients and potential customers get to know us better and get a feel for who we are as a company.

We are happy with the results and look forward to adding to it in the months ahead.

Thanks for visiting!

Carmen Zerkee, Sonbuilt Custom Homes Ltd.

Healthy Home

Easy Tips for a Healthy Home

If you already own a home, here are some easy tips to follow to keep your home environment healthy:

  1. Ventilation – Make sure you have fresh air circulating in your home.
  1. Use eco-friendly products – Keep air fresher and cleaner using toxin and pollutant free products
  1. Choose hardwood flooring – Carpets can hide dust, pet hair, fungus, and other harmful particles
  1. Unplug – Switch any technological devices not in use
  1. Remove your shoes – Shoes can carry pollen, dirt, and soil from the outdoors into your home
  1. Get it tested – Ensure your home is radon free by getting it tested
  1. Ensure paint is dry and cured – While it’s exciting to set up a freshly painted room, ensure that paint is dry and cured before using it.
  1. Change that shower curtain – Rotate your shower curtain regularly and avoid ones made from vinyl as they do become moldy quickly.

 

Lot 4 Timber

A Builder with Experience

As a builder with 20 years of experience in building custom homes, you could say we know a thing or two about the construction industry.  We’ve weathered some storms, seen some good and bad, and are happy to say we plan to be around for quite a bit longer.

The construction industry is changing.  Technology, new ideas, and improved products are just a few of the factors contributing to the change.  As a generation we are becoming more concerned about living in healthy homes, energy efficient homes, and durable homes.  While cost continues to be a high priority, so does living in a home that doesn’t make us sick and tired.

Building a better home, a more efficient home, can be slightly more complex than a conventionally built home.  Those of us with experience in building air tight homes can honestly say a house is a system.  If you seal a home up, you need to make sure that home can breathe too.  A home that doesn’t have fresh air circulating is an unhealthy home.

Trends come and go.  Right now, building energy efficient, green, and sustainable is popular.  It’s a good trend.  We hope this trend becomes the norm, because building energy efficient with earth friendly products is better in so many ways.

A word of caution though.

If you decide to build a home and wish to build an energy efficient home, do your homework on your builder’s qualifications.  Choose a builder who stays current in training and is up to date on his or her knowledge of the products going into your home.  A relationship between you and your builder can strain quickly if you discover part way through the construction experience that some aspect of your home was not thoroughly researched nor understood by your builder.

Do your research and ensure your builder has experience in building the type of home you want.  After all, this is likely your biggest life investment!