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December 2016

Contemporary Pool Design Ideas

By | Custom Home Construction, Custom Home Design, Design, Uncategorized

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri Shares Ideas for Contemporary Pool Design

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Heathrow

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Heathrow

For years, lagoon-style and mediterranean-style pools dominated outdoor styles in luxury homes but lately, mainstream taste is leaning towards more modern, sleek designs to coordinate with contemporary architecture.

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Lake Mary, Florida.

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Lake Mary, Florida.

These rectilinear resort-style pools bring a sophisticated, chic ambiance to outdoor living spaces captivating attention with understated water features, LED lighting and vanishing edge spas. In contemporary pool designs, curves are replaced with a combination of squares, rectangles and straight edges.

Rendering of Contemporary Pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Rendering of Contemporary Pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri  recently designed a contemporary luxury pool for a new custom home under construction in a gated enclave of estate homes on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary.

Rendering of Contemporary custom home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Rendering of Contemporary custom home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

“The design challenge with contemporary luxury pools is to give the layout movement and depth without the use of curves, a more traditional feature.  I designed the pool in a configuration of squares and rectangles tieing the shapes together for a balanced, beautiful and functional layout,” explains Ulibarri, who notes most lagoon- style pools rely on curves for flow and function.

Rendering of Contemporary pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Rendering of Contemporary pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Jorge designated different zones of the pool including a play area for kids, an entertaining area for adults and shallow water ledge for sunbathing. The kids play area is located in the center of the pool, spans 16 x 24 feet and is deep enough for children to jump in, splash around and swim. The sunbathing deck is submerged in shallow water on a ledge with pool lounge chairs. The pool’s focal point is a modern-style pergola with a rain curtain centered on the back of the pool and visible from the foyer of the home through the great room. The spa entertainment area has a vanishing edge.

“Choosing the right finishes is key to pulling off an urban look.  Light-colored stone pool tiles, typical of lagoon and Old World style pools, don’t  work with contemporary looks. I spent a lot of time searching for dark designer pool tiles and discovered the perfect option—a natural stone in black travertine for the pool coping and tied together with a 6 x 6 porcelain black graphite tile for the pool water line,” explains Ulibarri, who designed the Lake Mary custom home with a rectilinear facade accented with stacked ledgestone accents.  

Finishes and materials that will be the design elements in a Contemporary luxury pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Finishes and materials that will be the design elements in a Contemporary luxury pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

“I created contrast with light gray and black and glass mosaic tiles for a reflective element to define the shape of the pool emphasizing its silhouette,” adds Ulibarri. The pool deck is made of concrete pavers in glacier field to give the appearance of split granite, creating contrast around the pool.  A border of black stone around the pool deck and the pool creates a dramatic outline. The pool integrates glass mosaic tiles in dark blue, light blue and platinum color on the spa and the pergola raised deck. The interior of the pool has pebble stones in a light gray to create more contrast between the dark border and the interior of the pool.  For more design ideas for Orlando Custom Homes, check out Jorge’s video series, Trade Secrets for insider tips and useful information about luxury home construction.

Mission-Modern Orlando Custom Home

By | Custom Home Construction, Custom Home Design, Design, Kitchen Design

Tour this Mission-Modern Home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

A custom home that is both timeless yet stylistically relevant requires a balance between enduring architecture and the latest home interior looks. One of the latest custom homes by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is a fusion of Spanish-Mission and Contemporary architectural elements to create a unique Florida style known as Mission-Mod. 

The Tower Entry of Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The Tower Entry of Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

Villa Sirena is  a 4,600 square foot home  located in Heathrow Country Club, a gated community just north of downtown Orlando that sits on a private cul-de-sac. Interior design was done by Decorator Karen LeBlanc.

First floor main living spaces of Villa Sirena open up to the resort-style outdoor pool bringing in a lot of natural light. This Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

First floor main living spaces of Villa Sirena open up to the resort-style outdoor pool bringing in a lot of natural light. This Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

Distinguishing architectural features include arched windows with pre cast stone surrounds, gable roofs, a round tower entrance, red clay tile roof and white washed stucco and the tower entrance, a signature feature in many of Jorge Ulibarri’s custom homes. Upon entering through the two-story foyer tower, the view extends through the home out to the resort-style pool and outdoor living spaces, infusing natural light throughout the main floor. 

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The kitchen blends rustic and contemporary design elements including the travertine-tiled barrel ceilings with sleek beams. Painted white brick accents including the range reference the Spanish-Mission style contrasted with modern tile that has metal inserts on the backsplash.  Flat panel espresso wood cabinets mix with and a creamy white kitchen island base. 

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The home has five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a media room, an office, and a grand room.  The home’s open floor plan combines the great room, kitchen and dining room into an expansive living and entertaining space. The house does not have a breakfast nook instead a double island serves as the casual dining area to accommodate six people. There is a formal dining room and a great room replaces the formal living room. A three-car garage is in the back of the home so as not to distract from curb appeal.

The great room opens to the kitchen in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The great room opens to the kitchen in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

“We’ve eliminated most of the formal areas and we’ve enlarged all of the functional areas,” says Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, acknowledging the latest living space trends call for less formal spaces and more casual, multipurpose rooms. 

The only formal living space is the dining room in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The only formal living space is the dining room in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The family room’s interior decor creates a zen-like ambiance in a color palette of blues, whites and grays with white leather couches, pops indigo blue throw pillows and doses of texture with faux fur pillows and the shag run.

The family room or great room in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The family room or great room in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

Texture, gray, white and blue color pallette and concrete, glass and metallics interplay to give the space a contemporary vibe that is serene and warm. Decor by Karen LeBlanc in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Texture, gray, white and blue color palette and concrete, glass and metallics interplay to give the space a contemporary vibe that is serene and warm. Decor by Karen LeBlanc in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

“The prevailing tastes in new homes are changing to more modern, contemporary styles, although I still have many clients who prefer more of a traditional house with rustic finishes.  This house sits right in the middle of the two styles with both modern finishes and rustic finishes. It’s more of a Florida contemporary home. You don’t have that extreme contemporary look with floor-to-ceiling walls of glass and  flat roofs typically associated with West Coast contemporary architectural styles. Our Florida version is more friendly with the type of hot and humid climate endemic to this region,” explains Ulibarri.

Wine cellar in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Wine cellar in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

For the wine cellar Ulibarri designed a display wall of white Carrera marble trimmed in espresso wood to showcase modern wine bottle holders . The white brick feature wall that fronts the wine tasting bar and a rustic chandelier with the Edison bulbs gives the space a patina. 

The master bathroom exudes the natural warmth of wood with tile that mimics woodgrain and with natural wood ceilings and transitional styled cabinets and white quartz countertops tops. All of the plumbing fixtures are modern, streamlined geometric shapes.

Master Bathroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri mixes wood-looking tile with natural wood ceilings, white quartz counters and espresso wood cabinets for a warm contemporary look.

Master Bathroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri mixes wood-looking tile with natural wood ceilings, white quartz counters and espresso wood cabinets for a warm contemporary look.

Master bedroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Master bedroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Office in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Office in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Piano room in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Piano room in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Boy's bedroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Boy’s bedroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Second floor media room in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Second floor media room in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

The home has three main outdoor living spaces—the outdoor kitchen, the outdoor dining room and the outdoor living room, all wrapping around this beautiful resort style pool.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The rain curtain water feature creates an oasis, spa-like experience ambiance enhancing the whole resort experience outside.  The pool’s sundeck in shallow water hosts two ledge loungers, sculptural blue contoured chaises for sunbathing or relaxing.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

For more ideas and information on Orlando Custom Homes by Jorge Ulibarri, contact him at 407-733-5500 or email: [email protected]

 

 

 

Florida Contemporary Custom Home by Orlando Custom Home Builder

By | Custom Home Construction, Custom Home Design, Design, Kitchen Design, Uncategorized

 Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri Introduces his latest project, a Florida Contemporary Estate in Markham Woods Enclave

Florida Contemporary Home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Florida Contemporary Estate by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in Lake Mary, Florida

Casa Del Sol is 4,900 square feet a Florida Contemporary home with natural materials used as architectural and interior design elements to create a warm, organic ambiance of wood, natural stone and glass counterbalanced with metal elements. Dramatic spaces include a wood and glass staircase that fronts a floor-to-ceiling wall of white ledgestone.

Entrance to Markham Woods Enclave, a gated community on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida where Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is building a Florida Contemporary Estate.

Entrance to Markham Woods Enclave, a gated community on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida where Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is building a Florida Contemporary Estate.

Located on 1+ acre site in the gated community of Markham Woods Estate on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida, this exclusive community has only five estate homes and one lot remaining.

The one-plus acre lot in Markham Woods Enclave where Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is building a Florida Contemporary Estate.

The one-plus acre lot in Markham Woods Enclave where Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is building a Florida Contemporary Estate.

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed the main living spaces with soaring two-story high ceilings anchored by sleek wood beams and sculptural lighting fixtures. The home’s fireplaces are crafted of white ledgestone that provides textural contrast with glossy marble floors. The gourmet kitchen will have white quartz countertops with white acrylic cabinetry mixed with espresso wood cabinets and a natural stone kitchen island with a base of white acrylic.

First floor architectural floorplan for Florida Contemporary Home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

First floor architectural floor plan for Florida Contemporary Home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

The two-story custom home has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a powder bath and a four-car garage. The resort-style outdoor living space wraps around a sleek, rectilinear shaped pool with various planes of rectangles and squares and multiple water features.

Second floor architectural floorplan for Florida Contemporary Home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Second floor architectural floor plan for Florida Contemporary Home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

The home gets its architectural curb appeal draws from its slate roof and white stucco exterior accented with white ledgestone. For more information, contact Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri at 407-733-5500

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How to Choose the Right Floor Tile

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Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri shares tips to choose the right floor tile for a luxury home

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri shares flooring tips for various stone and ceramic tile choices including Ceramic tile that looks like concrete from the Network collection by Cerdisa. Photo credit: Cersaie

Ceramic tile that looks like concrete from the Network collection by Cerdisa. Photo credit: Cersaie

Ceramic and porcelain tile is enjoying a renaissance in high-end home interiors as large format installations that mimic wood, natural stone, concrete, and designer patterns from geometric to embossed elements. Thanks to advances in digital printing and performance properties, ceramic tiles are among the highest quality building materials for flooring with accurate renderings of natural  textures, gradations and patterns found in stone and wood look. As an Orlando Custom Home Builder, I find more and more of my clients specifying large format ceramic tile because it works well with contemporary architecture and interiors.  

As a design element, ceramic tile offers tremendous creative possibilities; however, the options can easily overwhelm. Choosing the perfect flooring for your new home requires a few important considerations. When deciding whether to go with natural stone or ceramic or porcelain tile, consider the following advantages and disadvantages to both materials.

Decide on Timeless or Trendy:

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri shares flooring tips for various stone and ceramic tile choices including Trendy Ceramic Tile patterns and colors from a collection called Play by Imola. Photo credit: Cersaie

Trendy Ceramic Tile patterns and colors from a collection called Play by Imola. Photo credit: Cersaie

Remember the 12 x 12 and 16 x 16 tiles of the 90s, a once popular tile size that dates a home given the popularity of larger format tiles. Like most trends, ceramic and porcelain tile are not immune to the prevailing changes in tastes in home interiors.  

Digital printing technology enables ceramic and porcelain tile to replicate just about any pattern and color imaginable. You can infuse the latest trends into your living space with of-the-moment looks in ceramic tiles or go with timeless natural stone. The decision to go timeless or trendy is an aesthetic choice that should also factor in the price of the material and the installation costs.

Know Hidden Installation Costs:

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri shares flooring tips for various stone and ceramic tile choices including Purity by Supergres Large format ceramic tile that mimics marble. Photo credit: Cersaie

Purity by Supergres Large format ceramic tile that mimics marble. Photo credit: Cersaie

The installation of large format tile can cost double or triple that of standard size tile or natural stone. Factor into the price of your flooring both the cost of the material AND the installation costs. Also keep in mind that,  larger sized tiles are not as forgiving of mistakes and imperfections in the installation process so you choose an installer skilled and experienced working with large format tile.

The installation or larger tile sizes is more labor intensive because the tile must be set extremely level. If the installation produces “kickers” (mistakes where the corners of the tile are at differing heights) oftentimes with ceramic tile, it is very difficult to smooth out those uneven spots on the floor.

As a flooring material, natural stone is more forgiving in the installation process. A “kicker” can be sanded down and repolished to even out the surface with natural stone. Unlike ceramic tile, natural stone does requires regular maintenance to reseal and/or polish the stone to make it look like new again.

Marble is a high-end stone that holds its value and exudes a luxurious look; however, it does require more maintenance than ceramic or porcelain tile. In one of my latest custom homes under construction, a 5,000 square foot Florida contemporary in Markham Woods Enclave, I chose white Carrera marble tile in an 18 x 18 format for the floors. It’s elegant, luxurious, contemporary and timeless.

Choose Rectified Tile:

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri shares flooring tips for various stone and ceramic tile choices including Rectified tile that has all edges completely straight for installation with minimal grout lines. Photo credit: Cersaie

Rectified tile has all edges completely straight for installation with minimal grout lines. Photo credit: Cersaie

When you are choosing your tile, make sure your select a product that the edges are rectified

Installing large pieces of porcelain or ceramic tile requires rectified edges that allow the installer to place the tile next to each other within an eighth or sixteenth of an inch separation between. Rectified edges create the illusion of a big slab or monolithic surface because there are smaller almost invisible grout lines. Polished stone can come rectified as well for the same look.

For more design ideas, inspiration and information to master the learning curve of custom construction, check out my website www.imyourbuilder.com

-Jorge Ulibarri

Orlando Custom HomeBuilder