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The HardiePlank fiber-cement siding is prepainted, which means no VOCs and no mess on site. The builder selected this product because of its ease of installation and durability. www.jameshardie.com


The roof is decked with 5/8” plywood as opposed to OSB. This thicker, heavier material won’t deteriorate if it gets wet. The team uses ring shaped nails and nails 6” on edges and 6” in the field. The additional nails and their strategic placement means that under pressure the roof is less likely to come up. The company is doing a customized tie down system from Simpson Strong-Tie to secure roof trusses and the floor system. www.strongtie.com


The building team felt that ARXX Prime ICFs enable significant energy savings, security, and a faster build than conventional construction. www.arxx.com


The edible landscaping includes tantalizing options such as tangerine, lemon, and pineapple guava. St. Johns Water Management www.sjrwmd.com will certify the house to Florida Water Star’s Gold level. Landscape consultant Teresa Watkins helped the team choose resource-efficient landscaping. The grass is perennial peanut from Blodgett Gardens www.blodgettgardens.com


 


TIPS FROM THE PROS
> Consider alternatives to stick frame. “ICF block is changing the way we’re building houses now,” says Pleveich. Not only is the R factor higher in ICFs, but they go up very quickly, which saves money on labor. “Everyone thinks it’s more expensive,” he says. “But it took an ICF crew of four men only three days to put up the first story on this house.”


> Use the whole lot. The architect used every square foot of the long, narrow lot. A beautiful outdoor patio and summer kitchen graces the backyard. The motor court doubles as parking and overflow space for larger parties. The double-deck porch on the front of the house forges a connection to the neighborhood while providing additional space for relaxing. Porches should always be deep enough to accommodate chairs and a table.


> Use multiple entries. While the front door is the main entry to the home, a homeowner might opt to use the private side door, which offers convenient access to a mudroom, powder room, and easy access to the kitchen. The accessory building at the rear of the site has its own entry via a spiral staircase, which means guests can come and go without disturbing people in the main house.


> Innovate for memory points. Add special touches to the house that don’t break the bank. The porch railings for this house were created by a local metal fabricator out of stock hog wire fencing from the local Tractor Supply Co.


> Wire for electric cars. Florida is a leader in electric car infrastructure planning, so it made sense to run a 220V line for a charging station. Even if you don’t provide a charging station, it may pay to run a 220V line to future-proof your homes.


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