Get to know your Florida plants (02)

Sea grapes can be found all over South Florida; the leaves are tough and thick but have lovely unique shape. The fruit are edible and make good preserves--they are also popular with birds and squirrels. The tree is salt tolerant; we have often seen along the water's edge near bays and rivers. The white flowers are fragrant and very small. If you would like to know more about this plant follow the link below to download the full description.

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What We Look for in a General Contractor (Part 01)

PART ONE
As designers both our residential and commercial clients often seek our advice when a project enters the construction bidding phase.  
1) We review bids to ensure the full scope of work is represented in the proposal
2) We review the qualifications of General Contractors
3) Answer contractor’s questions during the bidding phase

We sat down as a team and reviewed the key information we look at, as designers, before recommending a General Contractor to one of clients. Here’s our list:

Check the GC’s previous work for projects of similar size and scale. General contracting requires excellent management, communication and organizational skills. These fundamentals are not easily scaled up without the proper experience or training. For example, a contractor who has only installed kitchens may not have the skills needed to build an addition to a home. The work for the latter carries more risk; requires more coordination between the subcontractors; involves structural work such as roof and and foundation that affect life safety; and demands and a more thorough understanding of trade sequencing and scheduling.

Request References and check them. We call the references of prospective GCs. Talking to a satisfied customer allows you to ask important questions about the his/her previous work and gives you insight into how effective they were in resolving problems. Every project encounters setbacks; the key is how the contractor handled the issue.

Visit Completed Projects. We prefer to visit the previous work of GCs. There is no substitute for seeing the completed project. By doing so you get to evaluate whether the project “withstood the test of time.” Craftsmanship and attention to detail are on full display if you have an opportunity to see the finished product. Naturally, when we are invited to see a completed work we expect the project to reflect the best of the contractor’s abilities. 

 

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Introduction: Get to know your Florida plants series

Frequency: Every 4-6 weeks

BC3 is interested in preserving and improving the quality of our environment, and understands the importance of South Florida Landscapes.  Native plants are not only beautiful, but low maintenance and easy to grow.

Why Native?

Preserving our ecology is not only a matter of preserving nature, it is a matter of preserving our future, of being aware of our surroundings and understanding that every action has consequences. South Florida has one of the most unique ecosystems, yet it is the most endangered of North America. It is estimated that no more than two percent of the original ecosystem is truly intact.

Ok, what can I do?

Plant friendly! Selecting the right planting material could enhance our overall environment. You will be contributing to the improvement of our region with the simple act of planting a native.