Atlantic Design Homes is proud to be an Energy Star partner, providing our homeowners a way to save money and energy costs, while at the same time protecting the environment.

Energy Star homes meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Our homes go well beyond these standards - saving you more money on utility bills and providing a more comfortable living environment with better indoor air quality.

Atlantic Design continues their practices in building energy-efficient, intelligent, and beautiful homes.  Our homes have recently become certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition in recognition of our sustainable, ecologically sound building practices.

Here at Atlantic Design, we strive for excellence in quality.  We are always looking for new and better ways to build your home.  We set out to go above and beyond normal construction practices so you can live in a better, more energy efficient home.  Below are some features we offer when building your home.

 

Foundation

  • Compact soil with heavy equipment vibrating compactor before digging footings
  • 3000 lb concrete, standard is 2500 lb
  • Soil borings to determine soil characteristics prior to construction
  • Custom concrete mix; uses Superplasticizer, requires less water, less cracking
  • Control joints control cracking
  • Step-down showers; recessed into slab so that water can't back up into house
  • Seal all slab penetrations

Framing

  • Wood columns are multi-ply; helps prevent twisting, turning
  • Extensive window seal to minimize leakage
  • Seal behind stone walls with Grace Ice & Water Shield® to prevent rotting from leakage
  • Felt paper between sheathing and siding is waterproof unlike housewrap product

Insulation

  • Clean and vacuum wall spaces before insulation
  • R13/R30 Cellulose Insulation, more efficient than required
  • Made of recycled paper, borate treated; fire-retardant, termite resistant

Electrical

  • Super-quiet bath fans
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs; uses 1/3 of electricity of normal bulbs
  • Motion detectors on exterior floods
  • 200 Amp Service

Details

  • Fireplace has safety oxygen depletion sensor for auto shutoff; safer
  • All metal roof projections are painted for esthetics
  • Epoxy paint on garage floors
  • Orange peel finish on sheetrock
  • 2 coats of paint on walls
  • Exterior trim is cypress; insect resistant, weather resistant
  • Check slab moisture and dehumidify home before installing flooring; seal if necessary
  • Vent range hood to outside, not required
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Low VOC paint
 

Exterior

  • Hardiplank; masonry product – holds paint well, highly durable, masonry discount on homeowner's insurance; mildew-resistant
  • 2 Coats of paint on siding
  • Acrocrete; mildew resistant, longer paint life (at least 10 years)
  • Spraycrete finish on porch floors

Windows, Doors

  • Low E, double-pane, gas-filled windows; keeps sun from fading carpet, furniture; keeps heat out in  summer, heat in in winter
  • "Velux" Low E glass skylights
  • "Thermatru" Fiberglass front door; no rust or rot

Plumbing

  • Acrylic tubs; easier to maintain, repair
  • Moen M-Pact valve system; easy to upgrade or switch style in the future
  • Gas line for dryer

HVAC

  • Proper sizing of system
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Protect ductwork during construction; limit the dust in the system
  • Variable speed air handler; more efficient, quieter; only runs as much as necessary;  humidity control
  • Fresh air intake; healthier, cleaner air to breathe
  • Anti-microbial ductwork; inhibits mold in system
  • Ductwork is double-sealed (mastic and tape) for less air loss, longer life
  • 2-3% leakage in ducts; (Florida new home average is 10%)
  • Air handler in conditioned space; less loss, more efficient
  • 15 Seer efficiency; (13 Seer is required)
  • Jumper air returns in bedrooms for even temperature distribution

Landscape

Clean Site

  • Only builder to receive Alachua County Clean Builder Award
 
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