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November 2013

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Tuscan Home Replaces Tear Down for Urban Curb Appeal

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Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Villa Bimalina, built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri,  is located in the historical and scenic city of Winter Park Florida on along its main street, Park Avenue, a brick-paved road under a canopy of 100-year-old oak trees.

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The original home on Park Avenue just blocks from the shopping district. It was torn down to make way for Villa Bimalina.

 

The original home on the site was built in the 1950s and situated on a narrow lot that measures 70 feet wide and 150 feet deep but the buildable area was only 55 feet wide and 100 feet deep. The challenge was put 4,600 square feet of living space plus an outdoor living area, kitchen and pool on this narrow footprint. After tearing down the original 3,200 square foot home just blocks from the city’s pedestrian friendly shopping district, work began. The project presented unique challenges due to the city’s stringent building codes aimed at preserving its heritage dating back to the 1880s. Winter Park is characterized by a grid of brick and tree-lined streets that wind around a chain of lakes. Some of the construction challenges to overcome were working around oak canopy on the property and the stringent city of Winter Park building codes that required specialty features such pervious pavers and larger than typical setbacks.

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Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The client for Villa Bimalina is from Canada and wanted a second home in Florida. He visited a few of Jorge’s homes under construction and decided that he wanted a Tuscan style two-story home with a tower entrance and Old World interiors. The home’s floor plan had to fit the 55-foot wide buildable area so the house is deeper than it is wide with a rear entry garage.

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rear entry garage of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

“We wanted to create a house with curb appeal authentic to the area’s architectural character and physical ambiance. For the exterior, we used a balanced combination of stucco and stone with precast accents. We built the tower, the home’s two chimneys and covered patio in stone and added precast accents. One distinguishing signature of a Jorge Ulibarri home is the custom-crafted wrought iron and glass front door. Double-banded precast stone dramatically frames this one.

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Tower entry of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The scene-stealer in the home is the groin vault ceiling in the formal living room. Craftsmen created the groin vault also known as a double barrel vault by intersecting at right angles two-barrel vaults. This stunning ceiling treatment requires a great deal of skill to carefully craft the geometric portions of the cross groins. It adds a Romanesque element to the home’s Old World interiors.

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Formal living room of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Generous use of precast stone on the baseboards, crown moulding and windowsills are evident in every room, giving the home a gravitas associated with timeless architecture. Wrought iron accents throughout including chandeliers and stairway railings reference the art of ancient metalworks. Glass and stone mosaics embellish even the smallest details such as the step risers.

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Upstairs of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

 

The home’s Tuscan farmhouse kitchen features a precast range hood framed by a stone niche with rustic distressed wood cabinetry in walnut and ivory and patterned granite countertops and kitchen island. A wrought iron pantry door complements the matching chandelier hanging from a barrel ceiling that undulates with wood beams.

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Kitchen of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

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Kitchen pantry of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Villa Bimalina’s main floor wraps around the pool and outdoor living room and kitchen. The kitchen opens up to the great room and both take advantage of abundant natural light from the sliding glass walls leading to the pool.

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Great room of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

 

The master bedroom creates warmth with wood plank floors framed by travertine tile. The beams and vaulted ceiling expand the sense of space and richly complement the stone niche framing the bed. The room is meant to feel as if you were sleeping in an ancient chamber.  The master bathroom makes heavy use of stone, this raw and dry material is counterbalanced with the glossy, reflective sheen of glass mosaic designs throughout.  Copper sink vessels and hardware give the space an aged patina.

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master suite of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

 

A winding travertine and wrought iron staircase leads to the second floor with a decorative niche framed in precast at the stairway landing for visual pause.

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Tower Entry of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The entry tower carves out a circular room on the second floor that serves as a living room overlooking the street. The second floor features three bedrooms and three bathrooms and a media room.

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master bath of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

 

 

 

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Mediterranean Home With an Italian Flair

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Every custom home that I design and build  is a reflection the owner. The home’s architectural style and details reference the personality and lifestyle of  the people who live in it.  One of my recent projects is for a couple who is deeply rooted in their Italian heritage. They wanted a home in sync architecturally with the main regional style, Mediterranean, but a home that also honored their Italian roots. Here’s a look at some of the interior details that tell the story of history, heritage and personal taste.

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This mural, made of painted travertine tiles,  depicts an Italian vineyard. The owner purchased it online and we installed it creating a trompe-l’œil as if looking out of the kitchen window at  the Italian countryside

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To create an old farmhouse Tuscan-style kitchen, we used a heavy patterned granite as the surface of this multi level island, built as both a dining and work space since the home does not have a formal dining room. The feeling of time-worn, sturdy, rich, heavy textures and materials extends to the pantry with a wrought-iron door accented with a precast band for the casing.

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In the master bedroom, I created a barrel ceiling with stained wood trim that adds elegant curves and breaks with the traditional barrel ceiling design. The faux painted ceiling is a nod to Renaissance structures and works well in a rectangular room. The eye goes upwards to the symmetrical design created with a 90-degree cross grid.

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