We apply a self adhesive membrane called Peel and Stick to the insulated concrete forms (ICF) of our foundations for waterproofing. On top of the Peel and Stick membrane we apply Delta Drain to protect the waterproofing and provide a way for water to get from the surface down to the perimeter drain. Delta Drain is a heavy product that adds extra protection to the foundation as it is backfilled.
We install stamped concrete window wells during the construction of our homes. A concrete window well installed directly onto the concrete footing of a home will not move and can last indefinitely. They are strong, durable, and virtually maintenance free. A well built concrete window well will go a long way in preventing future water damage in the basement of a home.
We discovered black mold in many areas of our demolition project in the Fraser Valley. Mold is a dangerous health hazard that contributes to poor indoor air resulting in respiratory issues and other health concerns. When warm moist air in your home leaks out through a poor building envelope and meets the drywall cooled by the outside air, it hits a “dew point” and condensates.
We uninstalled and removed a lot of hardwood flooring at our Fraser Valley demolition project. To repurpose it for another home, we are removing the tongue on the flooring and the new owner can now glue it down in a future home. This saves the hardwood from going into the landfill and allows someone else to economically enjoy this floor for many years to come.
A very important first step when considering a home renovation or demolition is finding out whether the home has any hazardous building materials that may be disturbed when the work is being done. Many cities will require a hazardous materials report prior to issuing a renovation or demolition permit.
We are excited to be working with Elevation Real Estate Group as our sales team for THE VINE at Pepin Brook in Abbotsford. Joel and Tyler Schacter, along with their team of realtors, are within the top 1% of real estate agents in the Fraser Valley and have a reputation for honesty and integrity.
As we continue on our process of demolishing this home in the Fraser Valley, we had a Hazardous Materials Assessment done on numerous products in the home. The ceramic tile was given a clean bill of health so we can now lift it, crush it, and recycle it into the foundation material needed for the new home build.
In 2017 we hosted a fabulous meet and greet with Mike Holmes at our office, right here in Abbotsford! We introduced him to our trade workers, suppliers as well as a few friends, but were especially excited to be able to invite some of our past, present and future clients whom are the heart of our business!
This latest Sonbuilt Fraser Valley project is all about doing a demolition responsibly. We are re-purposing as items in the home as possible by reusing many materials in the new build and recycling the items we don’t use to ensure they don’t end up in a landfill. Some items will be donated to local charities, some will be re-sold via social media, and many will be saved as we transition from old to new. Stay tuned!
This soil screener from IDM Holdings Inc. allows us to screen and reuse soil from our jobsites. We’ve been using this screener while we service the upcoming building lots for THE VINE at Pepin Brook in Abbotsford. Much of the soil will be sifted through and reused throughout the job site.
We’re proud to say that Sonbuilt Custom Homes has been chosen by Mike Holmes as the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley exclusive Holmes Approved Homes builder. The Holmes Approved Homes program is a third party certification program. A Mike Holmes inspector visits our homes during construction to ensure we are building our new homes right!
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and it can be in your home without you even realizing it. The building code is the first step to preventing these harmful gasses from entering your home, but there are things that can be done above and beyond the basic building code. By using radon mitigation products we strive to ensure your home will be safe for you and your family for years to come.
The Quickflash A/C U-C is both air and water tight making it highly energy efficient. With the ability to run lines from inside your home to the outside without the loss of excess energy Sonbuilt is proud to use both this product and the company that makes them.
Yet another thing we do to go above and beyond for our customers.
This wall features the attention to detail that we look for in a product. Consisting of two inches of graphite enhanced neo-pore on the outside, along with an additional two inches of spray foam insulation in the center of the wall, you will know without a doubt that the home is maintaining its temperature better than it would if a standard wall were in its place.
A high performance home is an air tight home. Proper air tightness will reduce the energy consumption in your home, avoid moisture related problems, and stop those uncomfortable drafts from cold outdoor air. Performing a blower door test tells us just how air tight a home is.
We use the Graf Ecobloc stormwater block to control stormwater runoff. These modules have three times the storage volume of standard drainage gravel. Using this system eliminates a significant amount of excavation and soil and gravel handling, providing greater savings than using traditional methods and materials.
We finish our insulated concrete form foundations with a self adhesive membrane called Soprema, a foundation wrap called Delta drain, and a third product called TuffX to ensure our foundations remain protected and dry. Each of these three components contribute to a solid foundation which allows for a more energy efficient home.
We called in Marshall Brothers to provide the services of their telebelt conveyor to assist in the placement of material around 3 rainwater harvesting tanks at our Abbotsford project. By using a telebelt, we can quickly and economically convey and place bulk material such as sand, gravel, and crushed rock.
We’ve put clear crush rock under the footings and the slab. We’ve sloped the excavation to one corner where the water will drain away from the foundation. The water will drain away from the under the slab and from under the footings. Now the footings won’t be sitting in water.