HardwickGC’s Solar Chic was awarded 1st Place for Custom Homes during the 2017 Parade of Homes Awards Ceremony on April 25, 2017 in Orlando, FL. In addition to participating homes being available to the public for tour and viewing, an important element of the Parade of Homes TM is the judging process. All of the Parade of Homes TM entries are categorized by type; Remodel, Community, Production Single Family, Production Multi Family, Custom and Design Specialty Showcase, and then by price. Each entry is then painstakingly and critically judged on quality of craftsmanship, products used, architectural design and much more, by building professionals from around the state of Florida and the Southeast and Solar Chic took the top spot in Custom Homes within the $1,500,000 – $1,750,000 price range.

Solar Chic is a Florida Green (FGBC) GOLD Certified Custom Home showcases a clean and modern design mixed seamlessly with true reclaimed wood flooring throughout creating the perfect home for the owners and extended family. The 5 Bedroom/5 Bath/3 Car Garage home is well placed on a large 1.5 ac lot and has plenty of room for everyone at 5,500 SF living with an additional 850 SF of beautiful and functional outdoor living that can be enclosed with remote controlled screens. The luxury amenities include a pool with a unique “Island Spa”; Thermador and Bosh appliances; Lutron controlled lighting, shades and drapery tracks; 2 Kitchens; an elevator, and Florida friendly landscaping. A whole-house 11.4KW solar system assists with over all Energy demand, resulting in a very energy efficient custom home (HERS of 15)

Central Florida’s annual Parade of HomesTM showcase event, presented by the Greater Orlando Builders Association, and ODC Construction took place April 1st through April 9th. Fifty Two (52) of Orlando’s best homebuilders, developers, and remodelers participated in this more than 50-year-long Parade of Homes tradition with a total of one hundred (100) entries available for the public to view and tour.

Every year the Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) provides the Central Florida community with the exciting opportunity to learn about the latest trends in home design, advanced technology in energy efficiency, and innovative building and design practices during the free, self-guided tour that is the Parade of Homes TM showcase event. Residents getting ready to make a move on home remodeling or move into their newly constructed dream home had the opportunity to see Orlando’s best craftsmanship in cabinetry and flooring, innovative custom homes, home design and inspiring transformations in remodels.