As we start celebrating the return of longer daylight hours this month, it’s easy to see why many of us in Florida are enjoying a sunshine state of mind! At Hardwick General Contracting, we’re celebrating the sun, too – overall, we’re both pretty passionate about building distinctive, high-end homes and also protecting this beautiful planet we all call home. And let us tell you, one of the most exciting ways we’re doing that is by integrating sleek solar panels into the luxury properties we construct.

You’re probably thinking, “Solar panels? On a luxury home? How will that fit with the unique design I have in mind?” But hear us out, because we’re about to expand your design horizons with how seamlessly and stylishly solar can blend into your dream home when done right!

Understanding Solar Power – The Basics

Let’s start with a quick overview of how solar actually works. Basically, those fancy solar panels use photovoltaic cells to convert the sun’s rays directly into electricity to power your home. It’s like the sun is your own personal power plant! The panels generate direct current (DC) electricity, which then gets converted by an inverter into the alternating current (AC) that your home uses.

Any excess electricity produced feeds back into the utility grid, essentially making your meter run backwards. It’s like your utility company is paying you for a change! Energy experts call this “net metering” and it means you get credited for that surplus solar power you’re generating.

The Benefits of Going Solar for New Homes in Orlando

We know what you’re thinking – “This all sounds great, but what else is really in it for me as a homeowner?” Well, let us break it down:

  • Net Big Savings: With solar, you’ll dramatically reduce your dependence on utility companies and their ever-increasing rates. Many of our solar home clients end up with extremely low electricity bills or even zero out their bill completely. The long-term cost savings are massive.
  • Going Green is the New Luxury Standard: Face it, being eco-conscious is trending hard in the market these days. By using clean solar power, you’re lowering your carbon footprint and doing your part for sustainability. That’s a major selling point for your home someday down the road when environmentally-aware buyers are evaluating luxury properties.
  • Low Maintenance Energy Freedom: After we install your sleek solar system, it just works for you day after day with little maintenance required. You’re free from hassle and able to enjoy cool, clean energy independence.
  • Increased Home Value: Homes with solar can often sell faster and for higher prices than comparable non-solar homes. It’s an investment that pays you back in more ways than one.


Making Solar Look Sensational

Here’s where we really get to share our design philosophy. At Hardwick GC, we approach solar integration as an opportunity to create a true work of art with your luxury home’s architecture.

Our team of solar design pros takes a customized approach to ensure your solar complements your home’s aesthetic to perfection. We’ll evaluate your home’s orientation to the sun, the pitch of the roof, the architectural style, your energy needs, and your personal preferences. From there, we craft a solar solution that looks as fantastic as it performs.

For some homes, we design solar arrays that blend seamlessly into the rooflines using panels sized, shaped, and colored to integrate flawlessly. Think the smooth, dark elegance of paneled roof sections from an exterior view. On other projects, we may consider getting more creative with solar awnings, parking covers, pergolas, and even ground-mounted installations artfully positioned to produce maximum energy while enriching the overall landscape design.

The end result is solar perfection – a system that generates abundant clean power while looking like an intentional, inspired architectural element. We aren’t satisfied until you’re wowed by the visual every time you pull into the driveway.

Why We Prioritize Sustainability

At this point, you may be thinking “Sure, solar looks great, but why is this so important to you as builders? What’s driving this eco-focus?” That’s a fair question, and it’s one we’re excited to answer.

The reality is that sustainable building practices and renewable energy aren’t just buzzwords to us. They represent a core philosophy and an area of expertise that puts us ahead of the curve in the homebuilding market. Hardwick GC has achieved a prestigious Platinum Level certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition. Green building is simply part of our DNA.

For us, it’s about so much more than just solar. It’s a comprehensive approach that accounts for energy efficiency, sustainable material selection, water conservation, site impact reduction, indoor air quality, and resilient construction methods. We essentially future-proof our luxury homes, ensuring they can stand strong in the face of weather events while also minimizing strain on the environment and resources.

When you choose us as your builder, you’re getting a partner that goes above and beyond industry standards to prioritize your health, safety, savings, and the stewardship of our planet. We have a genuine passion for sustainability that sets our luxury homes apart.

Beginning Your Solar Home Journey

Feeling excited about embracing the solar-powered luxury lifestyle? Fantastic! We’re ready to bring your solar home vision to life. Here’s how we suggest getting started:

  • Initial Consultation: We’ll schedule an in-depth consultation to fully understand your needs, preferences, design inspiration, and goals for solar integration. This allows us to start envisioning and developing customized solar solutions. We’re big on personal connections, so expect plenty of down-to-earth dialogue!
  • Site Analysis & Energy Assessment: If you already have an existing home, we’ll conduct a thorough site analysis and energy usage assessment to identify optimal solar opportunities. If you’re starting from scratch, we’ll ensure the site positioning and architecture set us up for solar success.
  • Design Development: Our creative solar design team will then collaborate with you to craft visual renders and construction plans detailing your home’s ideal solar setup. We’ll make sure you’re over-the-moon about how it looks and performs.
  • Professional Installation: Relax while our certified solar technicians and experienced construction crew make your solar dreams a reality! We’re focused on the details to ensure your system is installed flawlessly and built to last decades.

As you can probably tell, we love our work and the opportunity to forge amazing relationships with clients as we’re designing and building their forever dream homes. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of unlocking the front door to your newly completed solar-powered luxury oasis and finally being able to enjoy the uncompromising style, comfort and energy freedom you’ve always wanted.

If all of this resonates with you and you’d like to be our next solar power success story, we’d be thrilled for you to reach out! Let’s chat about making your sustainable luxury living vision a reality with solar energy from Hardwick General Contracting.