Foundation Finishing

Transitioning from an ICF Foundation

Our foundation finishing details are an important part of keeping our homes dry and comfortable.  We use several different waterproof products to transition from our ICF (insulated concrete form) foundations to our exterior cladding.  Using these products ensure our foundations stay protected from water and dampness.

1.  Colphene

The first product we use is called Colphene, by Soprema.  Colphene is specifically designed to waterproof an ICF foundation.

2.  Delta Drain

We also use Delta Drain.  Delta Drain is an effective method to control the flow of damaging soil moisture and hydrostatic pressure through cracks and gaps in below grade structures. It is an essential element of a complete waterproofing system.

3.  TuffX

The final product we use is TuffX.  We use TuffX as a transition strip between the ground level and the exterior cladding.  TuffX is extremely durable and tough.

ICF foundations are known for reducing cold spots and drafts in basements.  By waterproofing our foundations we limit the potential for moisture to seep in through the foundation and fuel mold and mildew growth within interior finished basement walls.

For more information contact us!

Foundation Finishing

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!

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!

Building Science – What is It?

Defining Building Science

In the past, designers and builders considered each aspect of a home – foundation, walls, windows, roof, plumbing, electrical, all the parts that make up the home – individually.  Today, we know all aspects of a home work together as a system to create a comfortable, durable, healthy living environment.  Balance all these components together and your home will be far more energy efficient than a home in which these aspects are not working together in harmony.

The study of homes as a system is called Building Science. 

Your home interacts with the surrounding environment and those who live in your home.  The following components have an effect on the overall system:

  • Outdoor temperature, wind, rain, air quality, and dust
  • Everyone living in the home, including pets
  • The materials that make up the envelope of the home like the foundation, exterior walls, windows, roof, and floors
  • Interior aspects that remain fixed in the home
  • Appliances, equipment, and furniture
  • The mechanical and electrical system, ventilation and heating, plumbing and electrical components

Each component will affect the overall performance of your home in terms of energy efficiency, durability, and longevity.   When the systems in your home are not working together, the overall health of your family could be compromised through poor indoor air quality, mold growth, and poor ventilation.

Think about your current home.  Do you see any concerns? 

  • Condensation on windows
  • Rotting windowsills
  • Damaged drywall
  • Bubbled or flaking paint
  • Musty smell
  • Mould on walls
  • Mouldy drapes, carpets or furniture
  • Mould in closets

Think About This

Building to the standard BC Building Code is not enough to ensure your home is a healthy place for you and your family.  It is the minimum standard, but by no means a healthy standard.

If you are considering building a new home, ensure your builder is well qualified to build a healthy home.  This is probably going to be the biggest investment of your life.  Make it a healthy one!

For more information on healthy living environments, download a copy of “Moisture and Air Guide”, by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Council.

Fraser Valley Home & Garden Expo

Stop by the Sonbuilt booth at the Fraser Valley Home & Garden show this weekend!

The show takes place in Abbotsford at Tradex.

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

Tradex is located at 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford

Stop by and say ‘hi’!  See you at the show!

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!