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.
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.
JDL Homes believes in the importance of keeping up with building technologies and being industry leaders with the innovative products that we use on our projects.
We recently sent a few of our carpenters to a Schluter educational training seminar where they had hands on training to brush up on their bathroom waterproofing skills using the Schluter products such as their Shower System, Kerdi-board, Kerdi-Line, & Ditra. Below are some videos that showcases what they learned!
Here are some easy decorating ideas to bring the warmth of fall into any home.
1. Fall Arrangements & Wreaths: Combine almost any container with fall's bounty for a quick seasonal boost. A fall wreath is another great way to greet the cozy weather, try incorporating apples, acorns, or pinecones or a more rustic look. Feature your favorite fall colors to personalize the arrangements.
2. Autumn Candle Centerpieces: What better way to add multi level lighting than with candlelight! These autumn candles will be sure to add some lively colour to your tablescape!
3. Table Runners: A burlap table runner is an easy way to add texture to any tablescape! Use some ribbon and stitch the edges for a pop of color or tie the ends into tassels for a more finished look.
4. Painted Pumpkins: A great way to get crafty with the kids on the weekend! From polka dots, gold dipped, or graphic designs, there are endless possibilities to match any style of your home.
5. Faux Fur Throws: There's no better way to get cozy in the fall then with a faux fur throw! These fur throws are a great addition to any living room or bedroom. Get ready to cozy up this fall/winter!
Fall has arrived and we're setting our sights on the following trends.
1. Relaxing Retreats: Create a cozy atmosphere with a mixture of comfortable furniture and woven textiles. You can add a chair to a corner to create an instant reading nook or hang a hammock with layered blankets. Make sure to keep the room tech-free to create the ultimate sanctuary. A calm space where one can relax and unwind from daily stresses never goes out of style!
2. Velvet Furniture: Velvet feels luxurious and welcoming for fall and winter, and when combined with rough natural textures (think reclaimed wood and woven baskets) and smooth metals and ceramics, it adds visual interest and tactile coziness to a room. If you don't have the budget for velvet upholstered furniture you can get a similar look by using velvet pillows!
3. Blush Accents: We've been seeing a lot of blush in the fashion scene and it's made it's way to interiors.
Blush is the latest trend and we can see why. Soft, feminine, and pairs nicely with brass accents! If designing your whole room around this trend is too much, try incorporating the colour through artwork, throw pillows, an area rug, or even a piece of furniture to be the focal point.
4. Dark Paint & Brass Accents: This season is all about DRAMA! Not only are we seeing more and more walls with dark moody colours, but we're coming across millwork with the same affect. Brass is the new copper and it's pairs beautifully with a dark painted cabinets giving the ultimate luxe feel.
5. Statement Ceilings: Adding to the drama of dark paints mentioned previously, statement ceilings are becoming a more popular feature in many homes. Whether textured wallpaper, tin or embossed foam ceiling tile, shiplap, wooden beams, or a bold paint color, homeowners are adding texture to the often overlooked "fifth wall".
Why buy vinyl flooring?
With advances in design and performance features, vinyl is a stylish, easy-to-clean flooring choice for any home. It fits every budget and there are an array of patterns and colours to choose from. When installed correctly over the proper subflooring, vinyl is extremely resistant to dents, scratches, and stains. Below are additional pros & cons of vinyl flooring to consider.
While vinyl flooring is low maintenance and highly durable, there are also a number of drawbacks that are associated with this material. Of these, its ecological impact on the personal and world environment may be the most notable.
In a lot of instances, it is common to have hardwood flooring on the main and upper floors while vinyl plank is installed in the basement. This offsets the cost of hardwood flooring and ensures that the flooring is easily repairable if it gets damaged by tenants in the suite.
If outdoor entertaining is a priority for you and your family here are some ideas to incorporate into the design of your next home or renovation that will be sure to catch everyone's attention.
1. Bring the outdoors in: If the budget allows, installing folding doors or a moving glass wall system off of your living space is a great way to maximize your living space and increase natural light. It showcases stunning views and will make a bold statement in any home.
2. Comfortable furniture: Dedicating a seating or dining area with cozy furniture is a must for anyone who loves entertaining outdoors. Be sure to select furniture suitable for exterior applications which have exterior grade fabrics for easy maintenance and can withstand the elemental forces e.g. sun and rain.
3. Stay warm: You may want to consider incorporating a fireplace or fire pit into your outdoor design. There are also some instances where recessed or ceiling mounted infrared gas soffit heaters are installed for a clean look. For an extra level of comfort, be sure to have blankets or throws handy so the party can go on throughout the night!
4. Lush landscaping, water features, & lighting: Incorporate some nice landscaping or a water feature to bring a nice tranquil vibe to your outdoor space. Be sure to account for exterior lighting that will give you mutli-level lighting which provides a nice backdrop for any get together.
5. Clear unobstructed views: If your home has spectacular views consider having frameless glass railings for optimal unobstructed views.
6. Outdoor Kitchen: If you like to cook consider having an outdoor kitchen equipped with a BBQ and sink. It's true what they say, most parties often end up in the kitchen! It's another great place where people can gather and socialize.
For more ideas contact us to discuss your next project, we'd love to see how we can make your dreams a reality!
Wood continues to be one of the most preferred choices for floor coverings. Here's a quick comparison of solid and engineered hardwood flooring in order to better understand their pros and cons.
Solid hardwood is manufactured from a single piece of wood, the most common thickness of a solid hardwood plank is ¾". The most widely used profile is tongue-and-groove (T&G). Engineered hardwood consists of 2 or more layers. The top layer is wood veneer (industry norm is 2-4mm think top layer. The lower layers consist either of several layers of plywood, HDF or solid wood). Multiple layers are bonded together under pressure. Plank profiles may be either tongue-and-groove, or use a click-locking technology.
Solid hardwood is a 100% natural product that responds to air humidity variations. During warm and humid summers, it is not unusual for wood to expand. During cold and dry winters, wood can contract. If room temperature and humidity levels are not kept in the optimum range, minor gapping or cupping may occur seasonally. Because of the cross-layers of plywood and/or real wood used for middle and bottom layers, engineered hardwood flooring has enhanced internal balance and reduced possibility of twisting or warping. Seasonal movement is minimal, while dimensional stability through seasonal humidity and temperature fluctuations is superb. This is why engineered hardwood flooring is preferable over solid in interiors where fluctuations in humidity and temperature may be significant (cottages, basements etc.).
Price & Installation:
Some may assume that engineered hardwood is naturally cheaper than solid hardwood, but this is not always the case. Plank size, cost of lumber, as well as cost and quality of glues (used for adhering layers of engineered flooring) are often the cost determining factors here. Additionally, the cost of installation varies. Solid hardwood should be installed on or above grade, using nail down or staple down installation method. Engineered hardwood can be installed in a wide range of interiors, on, below or above grade. Depending on construction type, nail down, glue down or floating methods of installation may be used which significantly reduces installation costs.
Solid hardwood floors are a natural and eco-friendly flooring choice. In engineered hardwood flooring, glues and materials used for middle and bottom layers define whether the floor is non-toxic and eco-friendly. Engineered floors, in which middle and bottom layers are made of solid wood, and are bonded by high quality non-toxic glues, are equal in their eco-friendly characteristics to solid hardwood.
Because the look and feel of solid vs engineered hardwood is virtually the same, the decision on which one to purchase and install should not be a matter of personal preference, but rather a question of cost, climactic factors and other practical considerations.
JDL Homes has been diligently working on getting our portfolio updated with our latest completed projects! Below are three projects that we had recently photographed by John Bentley.
The downtown Vancouver sub-penthouse project was for a repeat client of JDL Homes. It features a modern fully renovated kitchen with custom veneer matched walnut cabinets, all new appliances and plumbing fixtures, a glass backsplash, and under-counter programmable LED strip lighting. We also renovated the bathroom, which features two fog-less shave mirrors, a new vanity, and all new plumbing fixtures!
The Langley estate equestrian barn was a new build by JDL Homes. You may remember the framing photos from our previous blog here. We finally got around to photographing this competed project. It features gorgeous over-height barn doors and a fun colour scheme!
The Capilano Highlands Craftsman is a new build project designed and built by JDL Homes. Completed in late 2016 this home boasts beautiful North Vancouver views through their windows. It features all the amenities for a growing family in a busy household. The neat thing about this home is all the bedrooms are on the main floor while the main living areas are on the 2nd floor of the home.
Stay tuned for more recently completed project updates! We're constantly working to have our work updated on all of our social media platforms!
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