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Checking in at THE VINE

Looking for an Update on Progress at THE VINE?  READ ON!

We’ve been busy.  There are numerous “behind the scene” tasks that take place when completing a development of any size.  THE VINE is no exception!  We are excited and moving forward.  Give us another few weeks or so and the site will begin to change dramatically.  We are aiming to start home construction later this year.

Tree Falling Complete

After a few months of avoiding the rain and clearing the land we are happy to announce that all of the major trees have been fallen.  We are excited to move on to the next stage to prepare the land for 16 beautiful high performance homes.

Fourth Reading from the City of Abbotsford

Abbotsford City Council approved our proposal to rezone the land for THE VINE, meaning that THE VINE is officially on the map to occupy single family residential homes!  We would like to thank everyone at the City for being so helpful and encouraging as we move forward with our project.

Design Guidelines

The design guidelines determine the finishes and overall character of the homes to be built.  These guidelines have to be approved by the City before we can begin taking initial deposits for specific lots for custom homes.  We anticipate these guidelines will be submitted to the City in the next few weeks.

Visit Our Webpage!

Our webpage for THE VINE will be getting some updates soon.  Click here!  Actually, we’ve prepared a lot of information on the back end of this website and everything will be made live in the near future.  Check back often and while you are here, feel free to look around and discover some of our other pages such as our vlog “New Homes Built Right”.  See just what it is that sets Sonbuilt apart from other builders.

Just Can’t Wait?

If you have specific questions about the lots and homes, or want clarification on any details concerning THE VINE, please feel free to contact our RE/MAX realtor, Surinder Sarowa at (604) 825-3962 or at Surinder’s website www.sarowa.ca.  He is more than willing to assist to the best of his ability.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned!  Thanks for your interest in what we do!

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Radon Gas in Your Home

What is Radon Gas?

We all want our homes to be as safe as can be for our family. There is a danger that we are just becoming aware of that most people probably haven’t ever heard of in the form of Radon gas.   Radon gas is an odourless, tasteless, invisible radioactive gas produced from the breakdown of uranium in soils.

Why is Radon Gas so Dangerous?

Radon gas is airborne and can be inhaled.  While in your lungs, these particles breakdown even further, releasing small bursts of radioactive energy causing damage.  As a result, there is an increased risk of developing lung cancer when they reproduce.

Did You Know …

Health Canada estimates that about 16% of lung cancers deaths in Canada are attributable to radon.  It’s the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading environmental cause of cancer.

 

How Can Radon Gas Get Into My Home?

Radon can get into your home anywhere it finds an opening where your home contacts soil.  For example, cracks in foundation walls and floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and support posts, floor drains and sumps, and water supply.

To find out if your home has a radon problem you have to measure the radon concentration inside of it.

How Do I Test My Home for Radon?

There are radon professionals in the Greater Vancouver area like Radon Environmental who can work with you to test your home.  They provide radon mitigation solutions for residential homes and workplaces.

As a builder, we use radon mitigation products in the construction of your home to decrease the amount of radon gas capable of seeping into the home.   By doing so, we ensure your new home is safe and free from harmful levels of radon gas.

Health and safety is one of our top priorities, which is why radon mitigation is an important aspect to every one of our new homes.  We urge you to look into what you can do to keep your family safe.

Watch our video to learn more.

Radon Gas

Langley Spring Home Expo

Come Say “Hi!” at our Booth!

Be sure to stop by our booth when you visit the Langley Spring Home Expo this weekend!

This Langley based 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 and the Fraser Valley.

 

Langley Spring Home Expo

Location : George Preston Rec. Center  20699 42 Avenue in Langley

Show Hours :

Friday, April 13              1:00pm  –  6:00pm

Saturday, April 14          9:30am  –  5:30pm

Sunday, April 15            10:00am  –  4:00pm

Free parking and admission.  Looking forward to it!

Whole Home Surge Protection

Protect Your Investment with Whole Home Surge Protection

Protecting your entire home from power surges is an important step in keeping your home safe, especially during seasons of high winds and ice storms.  We’ve had some interesting weather this winter resulting in several days of power outages and very cold temperatures.  I heard of several homes encountering devastating power surges leaving home electronics destroyed and unsafe.

A Holmes Approved Product

This past January we visited the International Builder’s Show in Orlando with Mike Holmes and his son, Mike Holmes Jr. and daughter Sherry Holmes.   One of the booths we stopped by at was the Eaton booth.  Eaton sells a small, cost effective device that provides whole home surge protection.  This is a  Mike Holmes approved product and offers a smart way to keep your home safe from potential power surges.

Install One In Your Next Home

As a Holmes Approved Home builder, Sonbuilt Custom Homes installs this surge protection device in the homes we build.  Just another step we take to build new homes right!

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Best Certified Home!

Winner!  Best Certified Home!

One of our custom homes recently won a Special Achievement Award for “Best Certified Home” at the Housing Awards of Excellence Gala by the Canadian Home Builders of the Fraser Valley.  The Drysdale is a home we designed and built for a family living in Chilliwack.

A High Performance Home

This high performance home is certified R-2000 and received an air test of 0.57 air changes per hour.  It has an ICF (insulated concrete forms) foundation, triple glazed windows, airtight drywall, navien hot water tank, low flow toilets, and a heat recovery ventilator for regular fresh air.

Building this home was a great experience and working with this family was pure fun!  The site is located in the midst of beautiful mountains and sheep farms.  There were some days we felt a little guilty for disturbing this peaceful setting with our power tools!

Thank you CHBA FV!

We want to say a big “thank you” to the Canadian Home Builders Association of the Fraser Valley for awarding us this honour!

Introducing “THE VINE” at Pepin Brook!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

We are very excited to introduce you to THE VINE at Pepin Brook!  This 16 lot development featuring upscale high performance homes is coming to the West Abbotsford area of the Fraser Valley in 2018.  Each home will be minimum ENERGY STAR qualified resulting in lower energy bills, better home comfort, and healthier indoor air quality.  These homes will be, simply put, better to live in.

Standards Approved by Mike Holmes

As an added bonus, each home will be built to standards approved by the Holmes Approved Homes program.  This program integrates proper building practices with quality products to build homes that go above and beyond residential standards from construction to final inspection.  Sonbuilt Custom Homes is a Mike Holmes approved builder.  We will go above and beyond industry standards to give you the best home building experience we can.

Webpage is Up and Running!

While we are in the initial stages of launching our marketing, we have set up a webpage THE VINE to give information on where and what THE VINE is.  Please visit this page for more information.  In the coming weeks we’ll be adding floor plans and additional information.

Interested?

Interested?  We thought you would be!  Check out THE VINE webpage and put your name on our INTEREST LIST.  These 16 homes will sell quickly!

Stay tuned for our social media advertising!  It’s all coming soon!

Sonbuilt Announcement

Announcement coming in 2018!

Announcement Coming in January 2018!

You may have noticed we’ve been a little quiet here on our blog.  We’ve been busy.  Very busy, actually.  Over the past number of months we’ve been working on a new project.  While we aren’t quite ready to reveal the details of what we have been working on, we are pretty close.

What We Can Share NOW!

For now, we can tell you that our announcement will be shared early in January 2018 here on our blog, on our Facebook page, on Instagram, and on our LinkedIn company page.  We’ll be adding several pages to our website to keep you up to date on progress and news.

We Are Excited!

We are really excited to get this new project rolling!  It’s been a busy season getting everything ready and we still have a bit more work to do.   But we are close.  Very close!

For Now …

As 2017 comes to a close we want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!  Our office will be closed between Christmas and New Years Day.  We’ll be back again the first week in January!

Please don’t hesitate to CONTACT US if you have any questions about building a home next year!

Tried and Tested in Chilliwack

Tried and Tested in Chilliwack

Sonbuilt was recently featured by BC Hydro as part of their “Buildings We Love” series.  The article, entitled “Tried, tested (and truly comfortable) in Chilliwack” is about a home we built last year for a young family with twin daughters.  It is an honour for us to be recognized by BC Hydro in this way!

Click here to read the article.

The Drysdale

We named this home the “Drysdale”.  It is located in a beautiful part of the Fraser Valley surrounding by mountains and truly stunning views.  And the sheep!  They were everywhere and at times we could hear the sheep calling in our sleep at night.   Building this home in such a peaceful setting was an outstanding experience.

Our clients are parents of twin daughters and they wanted a healthy home environment for their family to grow up in.  We designed this high performance to the R-2000 Standard.  The ICF foundation ensures the basement maintains a comfortable temperature all year long.  The heat recovery ventilator keeps fresh air circulating in this well sealed house reducing the risk of mold and environmental allergies.

A Holmes Approved Home

This home is a Holmes Approved Home and was inspected throughout the construction process by a Mike Holmes inspector.  Our promise of building the home to a durable, quality level was documented and confirmed for our client by a Mike Holmes qualified inspector.  Upon completion of the home, our client received a full package with photos and valuable information from the Holmes Approved Homes program regarding their own home.

Thank you!

We wish to express our thanks to BC Hydro for featuring this home in their series.  We also wish to say a huge “thank you” to our client and family for allowing us into their lives and trusting us to build their home.  It was a pleasure to build for you!

Air Sealing an Energy Efficient Home

Air Sealing an Energy Efficient Home

Is your home leaking?  A leaky home can result in high energy bills.  Air leakage takes place when outside air enters a home and warm indoor air leaves the home uncontrollably through small cracks and openings throughout a home.

Where Can Air Leak From?

There are many areas where air can escape:

  • Electrical outlets
  • Door and window frames
  • Electrical and gas service locations
  • Under exterior walls
  • Weather stripping around doors
  • Attic hatches
  • Cable or phone lines
  • Dryer and hood fan locations

Air can also escape around pipes, wires, foundation seals, and mail slots.  To heat and cool a leaky home can be very expensive.

Air Sealing a New Home

Reducing the amount of air that leaks uncontrollably in and out of a house is a key part of building an energy efficient home.   It’s also an important part to controlling moisture and mold in a home.

When building a new home, the best time to air seal a home is at the framing stage.  Sealing takes place around the electrical and plumbing locations as well as all penetrations that enter and exit the home.  The minimal cost in materials and labour is worth it when you consider that air leakage amounts to 25% to 40% of the average heat loss in winter and cool air loss in the summer.

Sealing an R-2000 Home

An R-2000 home is a home built to standards that make the home on average 50% more energy efficient than homes built to the standard BC Building Code.  R-2000 homes are better sealed than a standard new home resulting in reduced drafts, cold spots, dust, pollen, pests, and noise.

The Blower Door Test

The Blower Door Test

What is a blower door test?

A blower door test locates air leaks by using a special fan to depressurize a house.  Blower door tests are usually performed before and after air sealing to measure the effectiveness of the home sealing.

A blower door is a powerful fan that mounts into the frame of an exterior door located on the home. The fan removes air out of the house, and lowers the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through all unsealed cracks and openings. A smoke pencil is used to detect air leaks. These tests determine the air infiltration rate of a building.

Blower doors consist of a frame and flexible panel that fit in a doorway, a variable-speed fan, a pressure gauge to measure the pressure differences inside and outside the home, and an airflow manometer and hoses for measuring airflow.

Who needs a blower door test?

Blower-door testing is useful for both new construction and existing homes. By testing a new home, we can determine whether a certain air tightness target has been achieved.  This is especially important when building an ENERGY STAR home or an R-2000 home.  The results of the blower door test are required for certification of the home.

Why is an airtight home important?

  • Energy consumption due to air leakage is reduced
  • Moisture condensation problems are avoided
  • Uncomfortable drafts caused by cold air leaking in from the outdoors are eliminated

We have been performing blower door tests on our homes for over 10 years.  It’s our way of showing our customers we stand behind our promise of building quality into our homes.