JDL Homes recently attended the GVHBA's Ovation Awards Gala held at Parq Hotel. We were finalists in two categories, Best Exterior Renovation & Best Custom Home: Under $1 Million. Although we didn't win we had a great time and would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners! With more entries this year than the previous the competition was quite stiff! Here are some photos of the evening we'd like to share.
Our very own Jeff Langford will be a guest speaker at the next Nudura ICF training seminar happening on Friday April 29th from 10am-3pm at the Vancouver ICF Training Center.
This will be a 4 hour hands-on training seminar and will cover everything related to ICF. From footing formwork to Helix micro rebar to embedding electrical wiring.
We have worked with this product on several of our past projects and we are thrilled to be a part of this training seminar. 4.0 CPD points will be obtained from the full session. To register, click here. Spacing is limited to 40 attendees. To see photos from our last training seminar click here.
We are so thrilled to have been named finalists in the categories Best Exterior Renovation for our project The Charming Craftsman & Best Custom Home: Under $1 Million for our project Westcoast Living at the 2018 GVHBA Finalists Soiree! We are very honored and would like to wish all the other nominees best of luck at the upcoming awards gala on April 28th, 2018. To see more finalist project photos of all the categories please visit the Ovation Finalists Page.
Kitsilano Multi-Generational Duplex Built with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) & Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
You may recall two blogs we had previously shared, one was titled "Why JDL Homes uses Nudura Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)" and the other was titled "Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)". The home that we have built in Kitsilano using these two building methods is now completed and the home owners couldn't be happier! Below are some progress shots of thjis new build.
JDL Homes would like to wish you and your family a Happy Lunar New Year! We hope that the 2018 year of the dog brings you lots of good fortune & prosperity! In celebration of the year of the dog , we'd like to take this opportunity to share some photos of our office dogs!
Walking into a tile showroom can be as overwhelming as it is inspiring. The displays are spectacular, but there are so many options, at so many price points to choose from. Below is a pros and cons list of common types of tiles to help you get a better sense of them and their applications.
What is it? Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile that is fired at a higher temperature than standard ceramic, making it denser and less porous.
Best for: Use stain- and impact-resistant porcelain tiles on floors, walls, backsplashes. It’s easy to clean and comes in a wide variety of styles.
But: It requires a special setting material designed to adhere non-porous materials—DIYers often buy the wrong one. Check with the manufacturer to be sure you’re using the recommended adhesive.
What is it? A mix of clay, minerals, and water, ceramic tiles are fired at high temperatures. Glazed styles are then treated with a liquid glass coating and fired again, creating a hard, stain- and scratch-resistant surface. Unglazed tiles are sometimes referred to as “quarry” tiles.
Best for: Ceramic tile is typically affordable, durable, easy to install and comes in a nearly endless array of colors and designs.
But: Colors can vary from lot to lot and ceramic is not ideal for high impact areas. Handmade or “art” tiles can be extremely pricey.
What is it? Thin pieces of glass sold individually or as a mosaic, sometimes with other types of tile, on a mesh backing.
Best for: Colorful, reflective, easy-to-clean glass tile is best for walls and backsplashes. Some glass tile is rated for use on floors. The wide range of colors gives glass tile great “wow” factor.
But: It can be expensive and difficult to install. Because the tiles are transparent, the adhesive is visible through the tile. Unless you’re highly skilled, getting professional-looking results is difficult for a DIYer.
What is it? Hand or machine pressed one at a time, using mineral pigments, cement, a mold, and an hydraulic press. The pigment composition is a mixture of high quality white Portland cement, marble powder, fine sand, and natural mineral colour pigments. They are expected to have slight imperfections, which give them character and depth.
Best for: Best for accent walls or floors as they typically have a design split between 4 tiles to create an overall pattern.
But: They can be very porous so not recommended for wet areas and may require special sealing products. Because they are cement based they are prone to damage from acids and etching, etc. The patterns may also be "trendy" and may not be as timeless as other tile options on the market.
What is it? Pieces of natural stone—granite, slate, travertine, marble, onyx, sandstone, to name a few—cut into thin, regular pieces, stone tile has a rich, one-of-a-kind look.
Best for: Use stone on walls, backsplashes, or floors. Get the look of a granite countertop for less by using granite tiles instead of a slab.
But: Most stone tile can be damaged by exposure to water, pigment, or acid, so be prepared for extra maintenance. Seal on installation and reseal every 10 years.
With any tile be sure to follow the manufacturer's installation guidelines for wall preparation, setting materials, & setting technique used. Ultimately if a product isn't installed properly it will fail. Be sure to hire a professional to ensure it gets done right the first time around!
We are happy to announce that we've won Best of Houzz Customer Service 2018. We are thankful for all the clients who took the time to submit a testimonial on their experience with working with us! To see our portfolio and to read some of the reviews please click here.
Please be advised that we will be closed from Dec 25th-Jan 1st, we will re-open on Jan 2nd, 2018.
We would like to wish you and yours a happy holidays & happy new year!
May your holiday season be merry & bright.
From the JDL Homes Family.
The JDL Homes family recently celebrated the holiday season with our staff with a private catered event. Children & significant others were welcome and a great time was had by all! We wanted to host an event to acknowledge the hard work everyone has put in this year and to celebrate our successes. Here are some photos of the memorable evening!
Have you heard? We are a Top Choice Awards nominee for Top Home Builder in Vancouver 2018. We are thrilled by the nomination and would like congratulate to all of the other nominees in our category!
Please show your support and vote for us here.
We would also like to invite you to view more of our work from our portfolio here.
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