The "Upland Difference" is ultimately about the way we build your home. Obviously every project requires specific tailoring, but we never sacrifice our standards. When building all of our homes our goal is always the same to go above and beyond ensuring that we meet the ever improving code requirements and construct in a systematic and sensible fashion for your safety, enjoyment and the longevity of your new home. Always feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our building methods.
The first thing you should know is that at Upland Homes we build all of our floor planned homes with CBS concrete block structure. This is a great advantage over homes that are built with an engineered wood frame. To put it simple the big bad wolf can't just huff and puff and blow your Upland built home down!
Concrete block is an extremely flexible building material. Building with concrete block means you have the flexibility to do just about anything you want. Regardless of whether it be a one story home or a three story home with such options as columns, arches, high ceilings and tall windows. Concrete block provides the needed flexibility for every type of job.
"Beauty That Lasts". Concrete is one of the most durable materials on Earth. Here in Florida, concrete block is unquestionably the most practical home building material. There's no rotting or wall warping. No extensive maintenance or upkeep requirements. Your home retains it curb appeal and its value – beautifully.
Attractive Energy Savings- Concrete block homes are more energy efficient than wood homes, especially in Florida's hot, humid, sun baked climate. That's because the mass factor of block acts as a reservoir to trap and store heat from the sun, so that interiors stay cooler longer. The Florida Energy Code recognizes the value of mass by requiring much less insulation for block walls than for wood frame walls. Another point: air infiltration from "wall leaks" is estimated to cause up to 39% of home energy loss. Concrete block walls, which are more airtight than wood frame walls, seal in air conditioned air far better – while keeping out hot, humid air.
You Won't Get Burned with Concrete Block. Concrete block is a non-combustible material. Your family and possessions are safer in a block home and your fire insurance rates will be much lower too. In addition, concrete block significantly reduces unwanted noise pollution.
Concrete Block terminates Problems. Florida may be the most termite-infested state in the nation. Wood frame homes are tasty targets for these destructive insects, but not block homes. What's more, block homes are virtually immune to dry rot, one of the major causes of exterior maintenance in Florida.
Weather & Storm Resistance:
It is a Beautiful Choice for ugly weather. After a hurricane passes, weather resistance may be the most important benefit to a home buyer nowadays. In a concrete block home you and your family will enjoy increased safety and peace of mind during dangerous weather. At the same time, your insurance rates will be lower, which can add up to considerable savings here in Florida. Moreover, unlike wood, block does not deteriorate in any way, further protecting the value of your investment.
Our homes are built to be as comfortable, durable, combustion safe and energy efficient as possible within your budget.
Lighted, covered entry ways
Blown fiberglass insulation in ceilings of living area, R-30 standard, Batt Insulation if vaulted ceiling
R4.2 Exterior wall insulation
Energy efficient air condition system
Upgraded #12 sized electrical wiring, #14 is code
200 Amp Electrical Service
All windows and doors to be caulked in, for no air/ water leakage
GFI (Ground Fault Interrupt) outlets on exterior and in bathrooms/kitchen
50 or 65 gallon water heater depending on plan and garden tub
Exterior doors with weather stripping where applicable
Insulated Aluminum Windows
Smoke detectors per current building code in each room
Roof ridge ventilation system
CPVC plumbing lines, no copper