Why You Should Have More Windows at Home and Work

The right lighting can play a very important role in a home or work environment. When it comes time to build your home or office, you should consider more natural lighting. The best way to do that is to have an open space with plenty of windows that let sunlight brighten up your home. Here are some of the many benefits that come out of having a building with more natural light.

Mood

Sunlight is a big contributing factor to mood, as many studies have shown. Natural lighting is said to increase production of seratonin, which is the chemical that affects feelings of well-being and happiness. The sunlight peeks through larger windows or skylights and triggers parts of the retina that tell the brain to release serotonin, improving your overall mood!

Energy Savings

Referred to as daylighting, placing windows and sky lights to bring sunlight into a building naturally can increase the energy efficiency of your home or office. One study of commercial facilities found that, on average, annual lighting savings were 32% and cooling savings were 25%. That’s a huge savings—not to mention that windows will look great and add life to your property.

Productivity

Artificial lighting has been shown to decrease productivity and cause negative attitudes at work. Dim artificial lights cause eye strain because you’re working harder just to see. It can also cause drowsiness and decrease worker efficiency. Harsh fluorescent lighting can be too bright and is even a factor for migraines. Having more natural light in your work space is known to make employees more productive and keep them happier, which yields a better overall quality of work.

 

If you’re ready to make the switch to natural lighting, there’s an affordable solution for you! When looking for skylights and windows in Northeast Florida, go to the experts at The Hardy Group. They have the knowledge to place your windows in the best locations possible for maximum lighting and efficiency, and the expertise to install them within budget and on schedule.

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Challenges of Building a New Office

Building a new office is an exciting time for a business owner! The future is right in front of you, your space can improve the way your business operates, and the hope is that you can turn your investment into profit. But things rarely go as smoothly as planned, and sometimes there are unexpected obstacles that can make life difficult for you. It is important to choose the right contractor who can work with you through it and overcome whatever obstacles get in the way. Some of these obstacles include: Continue reading “Challenges of Building a New Office”

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4 Things to Consider Before Building in Florida

Building any new property can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be a stressful one if you are not prepared for the process. Construction in Florida presents some unique challenges and there are special considerations to to think about when building. We have been building in Florida for over 30 years and understand what it takes to design and construct a new property. Below are 4 things to consider when thinking about building in Florida.

Flooding

Florida is a low­elevation state that is hit with frequent storms, and no place within the state is more than 60 miles from the ocean. All these factors make flooding a risk when building in Florida. Before purchasing the property, confirm what flood zone the space is in (9ft, 10ft, etc.). In order to receive a building permit and flood insurance, the first floor of the property must be AT LEAST at sea level.

Geotechnical Tests

Before building, a licensed geotechnical firm will come out to determine your soil bearing capacity. The borings are relatively shallow (about 20 ft) and contain information that determines whether or not you can build on a conventional shallow foundation. This process is very important because if the soil doesn’t make the grade the builder must put down pilings as a foundation, which can cost $50,000 to $100,000 more!

Zoning

Zoning is established by the city or county your property is located in. Different zones have different rules for construction which need to be considered. One example of these differences is the length of a property’s setbacks ‒or the distance between it and the street and adjacent properties. Common lengths are 25 ft for a front setback, 10 ft for the sides and 20 ft for the rear setback, but these distances are subject to change based on location.

Homeowners Association

HOA guidelines often have additional requirements and restrictions than that of your particular zone. F or example, which way your garage door might be facing, the colors of home, the style and type of roof, siding, driveway, etc. Homeowners Associations can sometimes make construction a headache for the buyer, so make sure to review a copy of these guidelines carefully before closing on your property.
It is important to consider all of these aspects before building in Florida, as it can be a time­consuming and costly investment. Get the best out of your time and money and work with a builder that is willing to give you quality results at a fair price.

If you are considering building in Northeast Florida, contact us online or call (904) 471­-5800.

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Scary Situation in Seaside of Vilano

Seaside_VilanoWe recently experienced a scary situation at the Seaside of Vilano. The condominium association notified us that a resident’s balcony had fallen. Fortunately, the owners were not hurt, even though they were out on the balcony when it started to fall. The Hardy Group Inc. responded by putting up temporary shoring to support the balcony and conducted an investigation to find out why it fell. We concluded that the reason for the incident is that the nails holding up the supports for the porch joists had become too rusted and could no longer carry the weight of the porch and residents. Continue reading “Scary Situation in Seaside of Vilano”

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Top 5 Things to Look For in an Architect

            When looking for an architect, there are many things to consider in order to find the right one for the job. The field of architecture is an increasingly competitive one. To keep up with today’s competitive world, architects need to find ways to stand out above the crowd and keep people coming back to them for their business. As a client, you want to hire a personable architect who is going to work closely with you to deliver a finished product that meets all your expectations. You want them to build a relationship with you that lasts, and perhaps enlist them for future projects. It is always good to work with someone you trust, and business relationships should be mutually beneficial for both parties. During your search for an architect, it’s important to consider that not all architects are created equal. Here are 5 attributes that you should look for to determine a quality architect.

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Project Spotlight – St. Augustine Boys & Girls Club

The Hardy Group, Inc. worked with the St Augustine Boys & Girls Club & The Players Championship to design and build a new facility to serve the kids of St Augustine about 5 years ago. The clubs design is very functional and serves as a learning center for the kids 6 to 18 from 2:30 pm to 7pm, Monday through Friday. The design consists of a teen room,  art room, computer room, and a learning center. It also has an indoor gymnasium with 6 basketball courts and two volley ball courts. Outdoor activities include soccer, baseball and two basketball courts.  

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Flagler College

St. Augustine’s own Flagler College received an Outstanding Achievement – Adaptive Use award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for the landmark trio of buildings that were formerly the headquarters of the Florida East Coast Railroad. The buildings were converted from office space to student residence halls.

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