Is Your Home Prepared For Winter?

Is Your Home Ready For Winter?
Please read this important winterization bulletin to ensure your home is prepared for winter.

Do you have automatic sprinklers?
It’s time for an annual irrigation system “blow out”. Fall winterization is recommended to ensure that your system does not freeze over the winter. Winterization involves more than just turning the water off. It is also recommended that water be forced out of your sprinkler pipes with an industrial compressor.

Do you have a frost-free hose bib?
Frost-free bibs still require the removal of your hose in the winter! Not removing hoses from hose bibs can trap water that will cause the fixture to freeze.

Your Interior Finishes
The tricky question of humidity levels…
Last winter was colder than normal for our area, as a result we had many calls regarding shrinking trims, cracking drywall and separating wood floor boards. The culprit is HUMIDITY.

Cold temperatures mean turning up the heat. Wood likes consistent humidity and temperatures. Wide fluctuations will cause trims and floors to shrink and expand, causing cracks and gaps.

Humidity in your home this time of year should be between 30% – 40%. A qualified HVAC Technician can test the humidity levels in your home and determine if you would benefit from the installation of a humidifier/dehumidifier.

In the meantime… if you go on holidays do not turn the heat down to save money as it can end up costing you in the long run.

Mechanical systems require annual service and cleaning. Think of your heating and cooling systems, HRV, and tankless water heaters. Additionally, ducts and ventilation systems should be annually cleaned.

Tile and surfaces exposed to moisture, whether that’s in your shower, bath, or outdoors should be re-sealed annually.

Exterior Concrete
We do not recommend de-icing chemicals or salt to deal with ice as these products can stain or cause damage to your concrete. A strong flat bottom plastic shovel and some sand or kitty litter is your safest bet. This will give you a bit of traction but will not eliminate the build up of ice or snow.

Gutters, down-pipes, and drains.
Ensure all areas are clear of leaves and debris and that water is freely flowing. Perimeter drains & sumps around your home should be camera inspected every 5 years and any build up, debris or roots should be cleared to ensure there is no back up.

Roofing should be stepped at least every 5 years (more often as the age of a roof increases) to ensure no weather-related damage has taken place.

Please be sure that who ever performs maintenance on your home follows Worksafe BC guidelines and has the appropriate Worksafe and genreral liability insurance coverage as you as the homeowners could be liable if there is ever an accident or damage incident.

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Mid-Century Revival – A Coquitlam Renovation

Coquitlam Renovation

Right from the beginning it was evident that this Coquitlam Renovation was unique. It’s first impression was memorable as immediately after entering the front door, just past the dining table, there was a tree growing in the middle of home!  Upon further inspection of the space it became apparent that this home had undergone several alterations during its lifetime. Especially in the atrium, there was exterior siding, stucco, dirt floor, exterior light fixtures, and openings. Clearly the previous owners had added a roof over an exterior courtyard to capture the space for interior use.  Removing the dirt floors and spider webs was a very high priority for these clients.

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Vancouver Fall Home Show 2018

Save the date! We are 1 month away from the Vancouver Fall Home Show.

This annual event showcases builders, renovators, designers, and material suppliers and manufacturers. It is a one stop shop for any homeowner looking to do build new, renovate, or gather information. In addition to installations and features there is the opportunity to hear from the home world's experts.

Read more to learn about the upcoming Vancouver Fall Home Show.

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Lynn Valley Retreat – A North Vancouver Addition

North Vancouver Kitchen Renovation And Addition

Have you ever looked at your home and wished it was a beautiful entertainment space but had no idea how to re-design it? That’s exactly how these home owners felt when they came to My House. Now, this classic North Vancouver home is a bright and beautiful retreat.

Read more to learn about this North Vancouver addition.

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Caribbean Dream – A Whole Home Renovation In Surrey

Surrey Whole Home Renovation

A home should reflect its inhabitants.  It seems that home design is becoming more and more impersonal – clients want their home to look like the images they see online or in magazines, but maybe that isn’t the best objective when it comes to design?  We feel that a home should be a collection of the possessions our clients love, and a true reflection of their personality – quirks and all.  The owners of this project were some of the most fun, bubbly and jocular clients we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and their home shows it.

Read more to learn about this whole home renovation.

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25th Annual GVHBA Parade Of Homes

GVHBA Parade of Homes

View Our Parade Locations On An Interactive Google Map

Sunday June 10th 2018
10 am - 4 pm

We are excited to invite you to the 25th Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes! This annual event showcases an exclusive collection of professionally custom-built and renovated homes in Metro Vancouver.  This year My House Design/Build Team has 3 homes on the parade located in North Vancouver, Port Moody, and Surrey. These homes showcase the breadth of style and size of the projects we do. If you’re considering a renovation or new home we encourage you to visit our parade locations to view our craftsmanship up close and to meet our team. We hope to see you there!


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Win Tickets To The GVHBA Parade Of Homes!

GVHBA Parade of Homes

Do you want to win tickets to the GVHBA Parade of Homes? Our team is incredibly excited to be participating in this annual tour celebrating its 25th year. This year we have partnered with the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association and Western Living Magazine for an exciting offer. Be sure to head on over to this link to learn how you can win free tickets to the parade and a 2 hour complimentary consultation with My House Design/Build Team!

Georgian Grandeur – A New Build In Surrey

New Build In Surrey

Historical elements mimicking the look of old estate homes was the major driving force behind the design of Georgian Grandeur, a new build in Surrey.  With its symmetrical styling, brick façade and square shape, this home resembles a stately manor from yesteryear.  But inside it has all the modern conveniences of today.

Read more to learn about the whole home.

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2018 Ovation Awards Gala

2018 Ovation Awards Gala
On Saturday April 28th our team attended the 2018 Ovation Awards Gala. At this annual event the Greater Vancouver Home Builder's Association announced the winners for the Lower Mainlands premier housing awards.

For the first time, the gala was held at Parq Vancouver, the new luxury hotel and casino beside BC Place. The event was first class and the design of the hotel added an ambiance that can't be matched. Our team was incredibly honoured to be finalists in seven categories, including Residential Renovator of the Year. We're already looking forward to next year's gala!

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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2018 National Award Winners

2018 National Award Winners, custom home builder Surrey
We are incredibly excited to announce that we are 2018 National Award Winners! These awards are are held by the Canadian Home Builder's Association, and exemplify housing excellence across the country. On Friday March 23rd our team attended the annual gala, this year held in Victoria, BC. We are honoured to have been nominated alongside such talented companies.
Congratulations to all of the other winners! We hope to see you next year!
Read more to see our award winning project, Urban Farmhouse.

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2018 Georgie Award Winners!

Georgie Award Winners
We are thrilled to announce that we are 2018 Georgie Award Winners! On Saturday March 10th our entire team attended the annual gala. It was an incredible evening made even better by two of our finalist Homeowners who joined us. Most of all we are humbled to be named BC's Residential Renovator of the Year for the fourth year in a row.
Congratulations to all of other winners! We look forward to seeing you next year!
Read more to view our Georgie Award winning projects.

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2018 Spring Home Reno Show!

Spring Home Reno Show. Home builders in Surrey, My House Design Build
You're invited to the Spring Home Reno Show!

This Saturday March 17th our team will be at VanDusen Botanical Garden to meet you! This is a one day only home show put on by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association. Show us photos of your upcoming project and ask us your questions - we want to hear them! And before you leave be sure to attend Graeme's 1pm seminar on How to Hire & Work with the Pros. We look forward to seeing you there!

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