Sonbuilt Designs Homes

Designing Your Home

Designing Your Home

While breaking ground is always an exciting day for a soon-to-be new homeowner, the planning that goes into the details for that day starts months before.  We spend a lot of time on the design phase of a new home.

We design and build homes.  We take into consideration your budget and will design you a home that fits within your budget.  As builder, we are very familiar with up-to-date costs to build.  It’s important to us that we design you a home with the spaces you need and can afford.

When we start design, careful consideration is put into the placement of the home on the lot.  What part of the land has the most daylight?  Where are the views?  How can we maximize on outdoor living spaces?

Flow and functionality are also a big part of planning your home.  Each area of the home should be useful and functional.  And suitable for you and your family.  Drawing, re-thinking and designing to come up with the best layout for your lifestyle.

We also put a lot of time into the materials and mechanics of your home before we get started.  By doing this early in the process, we can minimize questions and smoothly pull the pieces together as we build.

Planning your home is a team effort!

Contact us today to find out how we can help you achieve your dream home!

Sonbuilt Home in Langley

A Happy Customer

The best moments in the life of a custom home builder often take place when the keys are handed over to an excited, happy customer.  We had one of those moments this week.

We met our client over two years ago.  A fire had resulted in the loss of a home and a life.  Six weeks after this tragic event our client contacted us for the first time.  At our initial meeting we listened.  We listened a lot. It was difficult for us to comprehend the sadness our client was facing.   At times we really didn’t know what to say.  Sometimes saying “I’m really sorry” seems so inadequate.

Our client was determined to move forward.  Working through the insurance process wasn’t always easy and at times it was frustrating.  So many decisions to make.  Moving on can be a difficult road when a variety of emotions are tangled in the process.

Keeping busy, thinking about designing and building, and considering what a new home could look like proved to be a healer in this case.  And finally, almost a year and a half after starting the process, construction began!

It was a pleasure to build for this client!  The goal was to achieve an energy efficient rancher, complete with a finished walk out basement suite.   During the design phase we ensured many “aging-in-place” features were incorporated into the layout allowing our client to remain in this new home for many years to come.    This R-2000 custom home in Langley is ideally designed for anyone in the “empty nester” years who wish to remain busy entertaining friends, family, and active grandchildren.

To our client – you have been a joy to work for.  We admire your determination and perseverance.  Thank you for choosing Sonbuilt Custom Homes!  If you don’t mind, we’ll be stopping by sometimes to visit!

Welcome home!

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!

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!

Design Plan

Designing Your Home

You’ve been dreaming of designing your home for years and now the time has finally come to build the home of your dreams.  A home that is uniquely you – designed specifically for you and your loved ones.  Our own experienced designer is ready to help you bring your dreams together, working out the details to make your custom home even more perfect than you ever imagined.

Our design process involves us getting to know you and your specific needs.  We spend time listening and looking at photos you’ve collected, or drawings you’ve sketched.  These help us learn more about you and your lifestyle.

Just a few of the many practical ideas we incorporate into our homes:

We will take the time to carefully walk your chosen property, then, with you, decide how to best situate your home to allow for natural lighting, convenient driveway and front door access, and scenic views.

We maximize on closet space and storage.  Our homes offer plenty of well lit and generous closets as well as hidden storage areas for organized living.  Ask us how to best design inexpensive storage space!

We minimize the length of hallways so you aren’t paying for unnecessary square footage.

If we are aware in advance of your vehicle sizes, we will endeavor to design garage space to accommodate your vehicle needs.

We’ll even ensure we design the space for parking RV’s, trailers, recreational toys and boats if space on the property permits.

Click here for more information on our design process.

Now is the ideal time to get started.  Contact us today!

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.

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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.