In the words of Township Mayor Rick Green, Tamlin International Homes has “set a new standard for the town of Aldergrove.”
Green was speaking at the ribbon cutting for the opening of Tamlin’s new timber frame head office at 26020 – 31B Ave. in Aldergrove Industrial Park.
Co-owners Paul Tabuchi and Chris Lynn and their team have been building custom homes for customers across the country over recent years but Tabuchi said “we really wanted a local presence, where clients can see and feel the beautiful architecture and materials that we use.”
He said that after an 18-month search for affordable land we found a great location here; we’re absolutely thrilled.”
The 4,000 square foot post and beam facility allows clients to see, touch and experience Tamlin’s West Coast designed homes, while offering the latest in eco-friendly building technology.
It is also serves as a workplace for the company’s designers, project managers and sales staff, providing the perfect place to meet with clients, subcontractors and architects.
“It’s not just our offices, it’s our show home,” said Lynn.
The facility highlights the use of natural West Coast woods such as Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar, and the architectural design features a unique handcrafted post and beam structure though both the interior and exterior of the building.
The company incorporated numerous energy-efficient eco-friendly “green” building methods and stayed true to the Healthy Housing principles. A state of the art geothermal heating/cooling system was installed under the parking lot, that draws heat from the ground and maintains the building temperature.
Energy Star-rated windows with argon gas and triple low E film were used, in addition to energy efficient lighting. To conserve energy further, organic high-density spray foam insulation for walls and ceilings was used in combination with mineral wool insulation.
Lynn said that thanks to these technologies the building is so energy-efficient that “the heating has rarely come on” during the cold winter and spring weather this year.
The finished flooring includes reclaimed wide plank and prefinished engineered renewable woods. All tiles and carpets include 40% recycled material.
The building was designed by Chris Lynn, one of the managing partners at Tamlin, who also supervised the construction of the entire facility within a remarkably fast building schedule of six and a half months from demolition of the old building to completion of the new one.
For a commercial building, this was quite a feat, but Lynn said he’s “really proud” of the results, and that this “is how we approach each client’s project. We understand what things work well and we’re willing to share that information with our clients.”