Sonbuilt Tradeshow Booth

Home Shows

It’s that time of year again!  Home Shows!

Home Show season is just around the corner.  We’ll be in three shows this year so mark these upcoming dates on your calendar and we hope to see you at the show!

Fraser Valley Home & Garden Show      February 12 – 14

Location:  Tradex in Abbotsford    Booth Numbers:  212, 213, 214
Hours:      Friday, Feb. 12         1pm – 9pm
Saturday, Feb. 13     10am – 6pm
Sunday, Feb. 14       10am – 4pm
Cost:        $7 (Cash only)   Parking:  $6

BC Home & Garden Show      February 17 – 21

Location:  BC Place Stadium
Booth Number:  217  *Holmes Approved Homes Booth
We are excited to be a Holmes Approved Homes Builder!
Visit www.bchomeandgardenshow.com for show times and tickets info

Sonbuilt will be at the booth:
Thursday, Feb. 18        5pm – 9pm
Friday, Feb. 19             12pm – 9pm
Saturday, Feb. 20         10am – 9pm
Sunday, Feb. 21           10am – 6pm

Langley Spring Home Expo      April 8 – 10

Location:  George Preston Rec Centre  –  20699 42 Ave. Langley
Booth Numbers:  79, 80

Hours:      Friday, Apr. 8         5pm – 9pm
Saturday, Apr. 9     9:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday, Apr. 10     10am – 4pm
Cost:        Free
We will have both the Sonbuilt booth and the Holmes Approved Homes booth at the show at Tradex.  We will be using the Holmes Approved Homes booth at the BC  Home and Garden Show.  Details are still being confirmed for the Langley show.

Visit our website blog and Facebook page for updates.  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.

Conduit for Future Wiring

Fishing a new cable or wire behind walls can be quite a process after a home is built.  It can be expensive too, especially if drywall repairs and fresh paint are involved.

We generally install several lengths of conduit in various locations during the construction of a new home.  Conduits can be buried in the ground, behind the drywall, or in the attic.

By installing conduit, you are free to change or upgrade wiring long after your home is done.

Conduit for future wiring
Conduit for future wiring

Defining a “Custom Home”

We are often asked “What is the difference between a custom home and a spec home?”.

When someone builds a custom home, the future home owner has full control over the design of the home and what goes in it.  A spec home is typically built by a builder before the future buyer is involved.  In a spec home, the builder chooses the style and finishes in the home.

As a custom home builder, our customers are involved in the process of creating their new home from start to finish.  We both design and build.  No two homes are the same.  Each home we build is unique for each customer we work with.

If you are dreaming of your own home and wish to build one day, contact us today!

Visit this page for more information on the Sonbuilt design process.

 

We’d love to chat!

Maintaining a Clean Job site

The best way to keep a workplace safe is to maintain a clean job site.  An organized builder ensures a site is cleaned on a regular basis and tools and materials are stored in an orderly fashion.

By doing so, the workplace is kept safe from tripping hazards and other dangers.  It’s not hard to keep a site clean if garbage, recyclable material, and scraps are removed regularly.

Kudos to the Sonbuilt team on their ongoing effort to keep work sites safe and tidy!

Tree and Hand

Features of an ENERGY STAR home

We are pretty excited to be accredited with the ENERGY STAR designation!  Typical features of ENERGY STAR qualified homes built to the latest standard include:

A heat recovery ventilator – Each Sonbuilt home and provides fresh air and improved climate control.  You will notice the fresh-air difference in your home!  A home needs to breathe air in and out to stay healthy and fresh.  By using an HRV, we ensure our homes feel fresh-air inviting in the summer and cozy and comfortable on chilly winter evenings.

Walls and ceilings – insulated beyond what is required by the building code.

High-Performance ENERGY STAR windows, patio doors, and skylightsOur high performance windows are double and/or tripled glazed with low-e and gas filled meaning heat stays in during the winter, and stays out in the summer.

ENERGY STAR products – such as lighting and appliances.

Click Here For More Information. 

All Energy Star homes are required to be inspected and certified to ensure that the home is truly Energy Star approved.  Contact us today for more information!

Energy Star

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!