What Makes a Building Green or Environmentally Friendly?

There are many benefits to building green. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, “LEED-certified buildings have 34 percent lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 percent less energy and 11 percent less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills.” There’s also the added bonus that most green buildings live in harmony with their surroundings, are close to urban settings and parks, and can save their owners money over time. But what goes into making… Continue reading

How Grove Properties is Going Green and Preserving the Coconut Grove We Love

Before it was annexed by Miami in 1925, Coconut Grove was its own independent city and a metaphorical oasis for a wave of immigrants who first homesteaded the land. Since then, our beloved Coconut Grove has seen many changes and evolutions as countless people have called this area home.

Today, however, the Coconut Grove is facing some troubling challenges—particularly in terms of preservation. According to writer and filmmaker Luke Fronefield, the Grove is currently at risk of being destroyed by… Continue reading

How Well Do You Know Your Builder?

By Marcelo

For many people, building a custom home is a major life goal. You work hard, save money, and search for a contractor to help you build the house of your dreams.

Unfortunately, there are some less-than-reputable builders and general contractors out there who might squash those dreams. I’ve heard horror stories from friends and clients about builders who took deposits and disappeared or contractors who produced shoddy work and brought the project to a screeching halt.

On the… Continue reading

LEED Certification Highlights from the Bonita Avenue Construction

From left to right- Tony Guasp Grove Properties Supervisor, Matthew Zirkelbach, Runbrook, Green Consulting, Jacob Brillhart, Brillhart Architecture, Marcleo Fernandes Owner Grove Properties

By Marcelo

The LEED certification process at 4045 Bonita Avenue is making major headway—and we’re eager to share the details. We have several new updates to report that will provide a glimpse into what will make this Oxford Home so eco-friendly and sustainable.

Here’s the current state of our green building:

Completed the design charrette

A design… Continue reading

How Our Founding Sponsorship with ARC+ Will Help Secure a Greener Future

By Marcelo Fernandes Grove Properties/Oxford Design Build is now a proud founding sponsor of the Architectural Research Collaborative or ARC+, a non-profit organization that harnesses the creative powers of architecture and the arts to drive innovative solutions in support of sustainable-city initiatives and eco-friendly urban planning solutions.

One of the best ways for students to learn any trade, craft, skill, or art is through hands-on learning, that’s why we are so excited about the ARC+ Buildgreen program. ARC+ and Florida… Continue reading

South Miami approves five-story office building

6201 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL – View this project in our Portfolio


Special to the Miami Herald

A five-story mixed-use office building is set for construction at 6201 Sunset Dr.

The South Miami city commission met at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17

The main item

Commissioner Gabriel Edmond was the only commissioner to dissent on the 4-1 vote to approve a special exception to construct a five-story development at 6201 Sunset Dr.

The site is 40,998… Continue reading

All Oxford Homes Are Now LEED Certified

By Marcelo Fernandes

You may have noticed—we’re pretty passionate about going green here at Grove Properties/Oxford Design Build. Not only is it great for the environment, but making a home more efficient also reduces costs for homeowners over time. We believe that every home should be more efficient and sustainable, which is why all of our Oxford homes are now LEED certified.

The next 3 new LEED projects available in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables ready for deliver in early… Continue reading

Grove Properties and Oxford Universal hosted a launch party for Grove Place Townhomes

Grove Properties and Oxford Universal hosted a launch party for their latest creation Grove Place Townhomes at Berries in the Grove.

With Phase 1 already sold out, those in attendance were offered pre-listing prices of between $625,000 and $635,000, while regular pricing will range between $635,000 and $645,000. With starting prices of $168 per SF it make these units approximately 40% less than other townhomes within Coconut Grove.

The 18-unit project features a three-bedroom and four-bedroom floor plan, private rooftop… Continue reading

The 6 Keys to Building a Green Home

Here at Grove Properties/Oxford Design Build, we’re always researching the latest technology to help us build environmentally friendly homes. Each year better and more efficient appliances, fixtures, processes, and ideas hit the market, and we make sure we stay on top of the trends.

While we all know the positive impact the green movement has on the environment, there is one slight issue to going green: the upfront costs.

No, going green is not cheap, but benefits of building a… Continue reading

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