Affordable Utilities & Sturdy Construction
Houses at Savannah Gardens are sturdily built using high quality material. The main body of the house is constructed on elevated concrete floors. Front porch floors are supported by brick piers and columns, and are decked with Trex of Fiberon 5/4 board decking. While many new houses today use vinyl siding and trim products, Savannah Gardens houses use very durable and low maintenance cement board siding, trim, and cornice—all of which gives houses the look of wood siding and trim.
Wall, ceiling, and roof framing members are spaced no more than 16” on center and employ a number of code approved metal straps and tie downs to help protect the house against strong winds associated with tropical storms and hurricanes. Speaking of hurricanes and tropical storms, there is no need to spend hours boarding-up your windows at Savannah Gardens as these storms approach, or taking down boards and storing them after these storms pass.
When you purchase your Savannah Gardens house, you do so with the peace of mind that your windows are permanently protected! Savannah Garden houses use an attractive and permanently installed metal window screen technology that meets hurricane window protection requirements for Savannah! These metal screens are fastened to the outdoor window trim and look like traditional full height window screens.
They are hinged on the one side and can easily be opened from the inside for window cleaning and, God forbid, in case you need to escape from your house through a window during a fire. This window screen technology also helps secure your house from intruders and provides additional shade at the window to diffuse bright sunlight. Most houses these days use unsightly, cumbersome, plywood or metal panels that have to be installed prior to a storm, and removed and stored following a storm.
Energy efficiency and utility costs are major considerations when purchasing houses these days. No one knows what the utilities are going to be next week, next year, or in five years from now. One thing is likely, however, the cost of utilities is not going to decrease! With this in mind, the houses at Savannah Gardens incorporate many energy saving features.Energy modeling done on Savannah Garden houses reveal that the average electrical usage should be in the neighborhood of $100 per month—if homeowners use their house properly and with energy conservation in mind. Savannah Garden houses use icynene (spray foam) insulation in the attic to reduce energy use and loss.
They also use Geo-Thermal heating and cooling systems for air conditioning and for water pre-heating. Each house is mechanically tested to ensure there are minimal, if any, air leaks and duct leaks using “blower door and duct blaster” equipment. Houses also include a mechanical air exchange system that brings fresh air into the house while removing spent air from the house—increasing indoor air quality above the typical house.
Houses at Savannah Gardens are also “solar ready” so if an owner decides down the road to install solar devices, the cost of preparing the house for solar will be minimal. Finally, as a move in gift, each home buyer receives a monitor that enables them to chart their energy usage and predict their energy expenses!
Studies have shown that when homeowners have this type of equipment, it helps them lower their utility costs. All the technology in the world can’t replace positive user behavior when it comes to energy usage!