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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 19:00

Lacking space, Brits turn Sheds into “Shoffices”

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On the other side of the pond, homeowners are maximizing their space in ways that are trendy, multi-use and simply more efficient for their growing families. Buying a bigger home in London's prime area is far more expensive than renovating basements, garages and attics.

A new alternative is transforming part of a narrow backyard into a "shoffice," which is literally the combination of a shed and office. A new way to add an extra room away from the main house that can be transformed into any family member's needs, whether that be extra space for a car, an office, a shed, a gym or a playroom.

The Wall Street Journal highlighted this trend in a recent article.  

In Real Estate, it's found that houses with these added, well-built spaces provide more value to the overall buy. They can be seen as a private area away from the rest of the family.

London isn't the only city that offers these kinds of spaces. Right here in Tampa, Goldsborough Company has a variety of layouts to suit anyone's needs. Whether you have a growing family or just need your own "cave". We are here to offer any backyard building you desire, ranging from 256 to 588 sq ft.

Check out our Pinterest board to get some ideas for a "shoffice" of your own! We design to your style, so just tell us what you like.  

Follow Melissa's board Workshop or Office on Pinterest.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 18:00

How to Make Your Historic Building More Efficient

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Ybor City Casita Rooster cigar factory workers homeDo you live in an old house?

Do you work in an old building? 

Has this ever happened to you?

Your sitting at your desk, sorting through bills when you see your electric bill, and get that pit in your stomach. You're proud of your charming piece of history, but you wish you had the comforts of modern technology. 

Or, maybe you've woken up at 2:00 a.m. to fetch some water from your 1912 bungalow kitchen, and as you walk across the creaking floor, you feel a draft up the back of your leg that makes you wonder just how secure your building really is. 

You know there are ways to improve the comfort and security of your building, but you worry about complying with historic preservation laws. 

 

Goldsborough Company can help you. 

Not only can we reduce your electric bills, but we can improve the overal structure and durability of your building. 

 

A thirty-minute meeting could save you 30% or more on energy costs.

 

Energy Retrofits for Historic Buildings 

Goldsborough Company is experienced in historic preservation, including efficiency retrofits. 

 

Old Buildings Are Different 

In the 1900's homes and buildings were not built to be air-tight.  Back then, the floors were not sealed, leaving room for rodents to crawl inside.

 

Unsealed Envelope

Because the walls in your historic structure are not properly sealed, not only do you risk damage from pests, but you also have issues with condensation and mold. The unrestricted air flow from the outdoors into your home builds up excessive moisture that can lead to mold.  

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Basic Building Science 

Here are a few of the factors that contribute to moisture and mold problems in your older home.

  • Hot air rises.
  • Cold air sinks.
  • Moisture is drawn toward cold air.

At night when your air conditioner is running, it causes hot air to rise, and cold air to fall. As cold air falls, moist outdoor air is pulled inside of your wall cavity, creating a continuous flow of moisture inside your wall cavities. 

 

Peeling Paint?   

You may find the paint on the walls of your historic building is peeling or cracking. Moisture is the problem. As moisture condenses on drywall inside it wicks through and moves into the outside wall. The moisture is trapped in the open space between your exterior and interior wall. The moisture collects and gets behind the backside of paint and pushes the paint off the wall. Do you find it difficult to keep the walls on your historic home painted? We can help you.  

 

Insulate 

It is important to insulate in general, but it is especially helpful for older structures. Insulation allows you to close the gaps in the floor, which will prevent circulation and reduce moisture.   

 

Historic Preservation & Efficiency Codes 

The rules for historic buildings are complex. You must talk with an expert and understand exactly what the rules are for your building so that you know what improvements you can make.  

 

Goldsborough Company has experience renovating over a dozen historic Ybor City homes that were relocated during the I-4 Cooridor widening.  Our Principal, Henry Moseley, is a statewide expert for his ability to tackel complex renovation and efficiency challenges associated with historic buildings.  

 

Thank you for preserving your piece of local history. Give us a call and tell us more about your property so that we can help you preserve it for future generations.

 

To learn more, please call Henry Moseley at 813-837-4219. 

 

 

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 18:00

Energy Solutions for Historic Buildings

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Maintaining a Historic Structure 

Owners of historic buildings know the vital importance of maintaining the integrity of a historic building and keeping its prized designation intact. A host of challenges – high energy bills and less than optimal air quality - are inherent in the structure and construction of an older building. Maintaining a historic home or building can be expensive in and of itself.  Making upgrades while maintaining the historic designation adds another level of complexity.

 

Energy Savings & Comfort   

SunBiz Energy Solutions Inc. wants to be your trusted partner. We will walk you through a range of options that can make the difference between maximizing your savings and comfort and continuing to suffer rising energy costs and less than optimal comfort and air quality. We specialize in integrating high-tech components into historic structures without disrupting their integrity.

 

An Investment Worth Protecting 

Owning a historic structure is an investment worth protecting.  SunBiz Energy Solutions is offering a free consultation so we can discuss your needs. 

 

A 30 minute meeting could save you 30% or more on your energy costs.  

 

Thank you for preserving a piece of our local history. To make your appointment, please call:

Henry Moseley at 813-837-4219        

 

About Henry Moseley

Henry Moseley, Founder of The Goldsborough Company and its sister company SunBiz Energy Solutions Inc. Henry has a diverse background in buildings with a special expertise in historical preservation and period-correct residential construction. Henry recently completed a four-year contract with the Florida Department of Transportation that included the rehabilitation of 13 historical Ybor City structures relocated and preserved in accordance with Department of Interior standards.

Henry is a State Certified Building and Solar Contractor with over 25 years of both residential and commercial construction experience. A Class 1 Florida Certified Energy Rater, he holds a Building Analyst and Envelope specialist designation from the Building Performance Institute and provides third-party energy audits and post work verifications. Henry serves on the Building Board of Adjustments, Appeals and Examiners for Tampa/Hillsborough County appointed by Tampa’s Mayor.

SunBiz Energy Solutions will look at a project from all angles considering both construction issues and energy needs with a more holistic approach to solving problems. 
Raised in Tampa, Henry understands and appreciates the historic significance of the buildings he works on.  His passion for energy efficiency and renewable energy make him uniquely qualified to tackle the energy challenges presented by older buildings.

The Goldsborough Company

Goldsborough Company specializes in Custom Homes, Commercial Construction, Additions, Renovations, Kitchens and Baths, Historic Preservation, Rainwater Harvesting, and Energy and Water Conservation.

Serving the Greater Tampa Bay region, including South Tampa, St. Petersburg beaches, and Central Florida.

Call us at (813) 837-4219 for a free estimate!

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Telephone 813-837-4219
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