Insulated Concrete Forms

Insulated Concrete Forms – A Better Foundation

We Believe in Building Better.

In a new home, there is no better place to start better building than in the foundation.  We choose to build the foundation of each home we build with insulated concrete forms.

A Better Foundation.

We use ICF (insulated concrete forms) to produce a more comfortable, quiet, durable and energy-efficient home than homes built with a traditional foundation.  For the customer who wants year round energy savings and comfort,  a foundation built with insulated concrete forms is a great benefit!

Today’s video on New Homes Built Right Jonathan discusses icf and some of the materials used to put an icf foundation together.  Don’t miss it!

ICF Foundation

Abbotsford Custom Home

Welcome Spring!

Spring is here and we are happy and excited to be busy working on this Abbotsford custom home!

This Abbotsford home is currently in the foundation stage and like all of our custom projects, this home has an ICF foundation.  ICF, or insulated concrete forms, makes a home more energy efficient, durable, and comfortable.  Damp basements and random cold rooms are eliminated when living in a home with an ICF foundation.

A High Performance Home

In each high performance home we build we use materials that respect the environment and ensure lower energy bills, improved comfort, and clean indoor air quality.  Some of these materials include insulation upgrades, higher-performance, Low-E Argon windows, more efficient heating with a complete HRV system and sealed ducts for better air distribution.

This home will have considerably lower monthly energy bills compared to a conventionally built home.  While building a high performance home will cost a little more upfront, our client will save monthly on energy bills and maintenance.

Happy Client, Happy Builder!

Our client is thrilled and so are we!  Contact us today if you are interested in talking to us about your future dream home!

The Stone Slinger

The Stone Slinger

What is a Stone Slinger?

A stone slinger puts soil, dirt, rocks, and other materials where you need it.  By using this efficient piece of equipment, we can eliminate material handling, reduce construction time and waste, and ultimately, save on the cost to build your home.

Today’s video on New Homes Built Right shows a stone slinger from local Abbotsford company, Slingshot Contracting.  We are adding a layer of clear crush under the slab of this foundation.  Using the stone slinger keeps our labour costs low and ensures we are providing a cost effective method of material distribution for our client.

Underslab Preparation

Introducing Our Video Series – New Homes Built Right

A Sonbuilt home is a well built home, even in the places you don’t see.

Today we are discussing underslab preparation.  We’ve put clear crush rock under the footings and the slab of this new home. Prior to placing the footings, we sloped the excavation to one corner where the water will drain away from the foundation.

By doing this, the water will drain away from the under the slab and from under the footings.  The result – the footings won’t be sitting in water.

Best Certified Home Award!

Winner of “Best Certified Home” Award!

We feel truly honoured to win the Special Achievement Award “Best Certified Home” for our custom home “Panama”.  This award was presented on February 4, 2017 at the inaugural Housing Awards of Excellence Gala by the Canadian Home Builders Association of the Fraser Valley.

The Panama is a home we designed and built for a couple in Langley.

Best Certified Home
Winner “Best Certified Home”

We designed this home with wide hallways and doorways, open spacious kitchen, dining area, a great room for entertaining, level front entry with both laundry and master bedroom on the main floor, low threshold shower in the ensuite, and backing in all washrooms for future grab bars.  The home is a beautiful showpiece for entertaining family and friends.

This home is certified R-2000 and received an air test of 0.4 air changes per hour.  It has an ICF foundation, triple glazed windows, airtight drywall, hot water on demand, low flow toilets, and an hrv for fresh air.

Building for this couple was a fabulous experience.  We still enjoy stopping in and visiting every so often.

For more information on the R-2000 Standard, check out this video!

 

Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo

Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo

Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo 2017

We are very excited to be in the Fraser Valley Home and Garden Expo in Abbotsford at Tradex next weekend!  Come visit us at booths 212, 213, and 214.

This Fraser Valley based home and garden show has a vast array of both interior and exterior products for your home and features a number of landscaping, remodeling, interior design, and home construction companies from areas throughout Greater Vancouver.

Main Stage Speakers!

As well, both Jonathan and Carmen Zerkee of Sonbuilt Custom Homes are very pleased to be guest speakers on the Main Stage at the show.  We are speaking Friday at 5:15pm, Saturday at 1:30, and Sunday at 1:30pm.  Come hear our presentation “Live Better:  The High Performance Home”.

Show Details

Show Location:  Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC

Show Times:

Friday:  1pm – 9pm

Saturday:  10am – 6pm

Sunday:  10am – 4pm

Visit the following link for show admission and additional information.  Fraser-Valley-Full-Page-Ad

See you at the show!

Finalist

Four Time Award Finalist!

We are thrilled to announce that we are a four time award finalist in the 2017 Housing Awards of Excellence for the Canadian Home Builders of the Fraser Valley.

Housing Awards of Excellence is a program that highlights excellence in home building and renovation in the Fraser Valley.

 We are finalists in the following areas:

 Custom Home valued $450,000 – $699,999:     Parkside Custom Home

 Special Achievement Awards – Best Certified Home:     Panama Custom Home

 Special Achievement Awards – Best Certified Home:     Parkside Custom Home

 Grand Housing Awards of Excellence – Custom Home Builder of the Year

 It is both an honour and privilege for us to be recognized as finalists along with other quality builders in our local area and we look forward to the winners announcement at the Inaugural Gala on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 in Abbotsford.

Fixed Price or Cost Plus?

“What’s the difference between a fixed price agreement and a cost plus agreement?”

We are frequently asked this question.

Fixed Price Agreements

Our Construction Agreements are typically based on a “fixed price”, which means we set the total cost of building your new home prior to construction.  In our Agreement, we show the total cost to build, but not the breakdown of the various levels of construction.  This gives customers the comfort of knowing the final price of their new home.  The cost we quote you to build will be the final cost, unless you change your mind.  If you do, we will carefully cost out the change and let you know what the cost of the change will be before we proceed with a Change Work Order.  If no changes are made throughout the construction process, your cost to build remains the same.

Cost Plus Agreements

If a customer desires the flexibility of decision making and feels a number of changes could take place during the construction process, we also offer a “cost plus” Construction Agreement.  This method is far more detailed than a fixed price budget and will itemize various levels of the construction process.  The cost to build your home is based on our actual costs for building plus our management fee.  Throughout the construction of your home you will be updated regularly on the actual budget numbers and will play a large role in budget decisions.

We are happy to accommodate both types of Agreements and will help you determine which will suit you best.

Relax with Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Have you ever wondered if your home is making you sick?  Did you know that the air in the average home is more polluted than the air outside? There has been a strong push in the last few decades to build homes more airtight to conserve on energy.  However, if the home cannot breathe the air will become stagnant.

Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a multitude of conditions including:

  • Eye, nose, throat and skin irritation
  • Respiratory tract infections: bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections
  • Increased severity and frequency of asthma episodes
  • Dizziness, fatigue and lethargy
  • Digestive problems
  • Damage to liver, kidneys, and central nervous system
  • Chronic health conditions including heart disease, cancer and infertility

Healthy Indoor Air Quality with an HRV

Ventilation is needed to ensure healthy indoor air quality.  As homes in Canada become more airtight, the need to ventilate the home increases to ensure the health of you and your family.

An HRV, or heat recovery ventilator, will remove stale air from a home and replace it with fresh air.  Not only will an HRV help maintain a healthy indoor living environment, it will also help keep energy bills down.

In the process of removing stale air from a home, an HRV will use the heat from the indoor air to reheat the incoming outdoor air.  Heat recovery ventilators typically have heat recovery efficiencies of 60% to 80%.  Maintaining an hrv is important and should be done regularly.

hrv
A Typical HRV System

An hrv ensures the delivery, distribution and circulation of healthy fresh outdoor air throughout the house.  It will control indoor air humidity levels to prevent moisture problems such as condensation on windows and mold growth.

Owing a healthy home can literally change your life and the lives of your family.

Contact us today for more information.

Holmes Approved Homes Builder

For Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

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.

Partnering with Mike Holmes

Our clients know that a Sonbuilt home is comfortable, well built, durable, and designed to last. Now our approach has been validated by Canada’s most-trusted contractor, Mike Holmes. Through his HOLMES Approved Homes Program, Mike is partnering with industry-leading builders to ensure buyers get a home that’s built to his standards.

Protecting Your Investment

According to Mike Holmes, “Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. The HOLMES Approved Homes Program is about protecting that investment and building it right the first time.”

Holmes Approved Certification

Homes certified under the HOLMES Approved Homes Program receive a certificate along with the inspection report and a label on the electrical panel to verify the home. When it comes time to sell your Holmes Approved Home, certificates are fully transferable to the new owner, providing you with a unique selling feature!