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February 2017

Step Up Your Stairway Style with 5 Design Ideas

By | Custom Home Construction, Custom Home Design, Uncategorized

Staircase Design Ideas from Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri:

This metal contemporary staircase makes a sculptural statement accented with glass art on the walls in this home. For more design ideas by Orlando Custom Home Builder go to www.cornerstonecustomconstruction.com

This metal contemporary staircase makes a sculptural statement accented with glass art on the walls in this home.

Today’s floorplans showcase the staircase as the focal point of  the room serving as functional sculpture. No longer relegated to the back of the home as uninspired utilitarian features, the latest staircase designs merge art and engineering to defy the limits of the standard banister and baluster system. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designs the staircase in each of his custom homes as an attention-getting architectural feature and shares a few ideas to inspire your own stairway style:

Transparent railings:

Acrylic or glass rail stair systems create a contemporary, clean silhouette drawing focus to the stair risers and treads. This staircase has no hand rails, opting instead to encase the steps behind a tempered glass wall for safety and visual effect.

This floating staircase is encased in a glass wall that negates the need for hand railings. For more design ideas by Orlando Custom Home Builder go to www.cornerstonecustomconstruction.com

This floating staircase is encased in a glass wall that negates the need for hand railings.

See-through stair railing systems can draw focus to feature walls such as this one crafted of stacked stone and the floating wood steps. “Stair feature walls crafted of wood, stone, tile or decorated with art add visual drama and replace the outdated accent wall painted a different color that was once popular in main living spaces,” says Ulibarri, who is building a contemporary home with a white stacked stone stair feature wall and glass railing system.

Floating wood stair treads and glass panels convey organic contemporary style complimented by a stacked stone feature wall and wood sculpture in the 2016 New American Home. For more design ideas by Orlando Custom Home Builder go to www.cornerstonecustomconstruction.com

Floating wood stair treads and glass panels convey organic contemporary style complimented by a stacked stone feature wall and wood sculpture in the 2016 New American Home.

Floating wood stair treads and acrylic panels with wood hand rails mix materials as an architectural feature in this home. For more design ideas by Orlando Custom Home Builder go to www.cornerstonecustomconstruction.com

Floating wood stair treads and acrylic panels with wood hand rails mix materials as an architectural feature in this home.

Cable Railing Systems:

Stainless steel modular staircase by Marretti.For more design ideas by Orlando Custom Home Builder go to www.cornerstonecustomconstruction.com

Stainless steel modular staircase by Marretti.

Metal railing systems with horizontal or vertical cables, crossbars, mesh or perforated metal in aluminum, brass, iron, steel or stainless steel go great with contemporary and industrial-styled interiors.  Metal designs come in a variety of finishes— polished, brushed, satin or powder coated and with fasteners and fittings in interesting shapes. Mix materials by adding handrails of wood or plastic.

Wood and aluminum rail staircase in the Responsive Home, a concept home in Las Vegas. For more design ideas by Orlando Custom Home Builder go to www.cornerstonecustomconstruction.com

Wood and aluminum rail staircase in the Responsive Home, a concept home in Las Vegas.

Floating Stairs:

Stairs that appear suspended without supporting structures below are popular designs because they work well with traditional styles and contemporary styles.

This floating staircase curves to stylishly accommodate a narrow space in the foyer. For more design ideas by Orlando Custom Home Builder go to www.cornerstonecustomconstruction.com

This floating staircase curves to stylishly accommodate a narrow space in the foyer

Under the Stairs Wine Storage:

Jorge Ulibarri suggests making the most of under-stair space with creative storage features such as a wine cellar. “Typically, the space under the stairs is large and deep enough to build a walk-in wine storage room with refrigeration and a tasting bar. Under the stairs wine storage is one of the most in-demand features in my homes, ” says Ulibarri, who is building a contemporary home with under-stair wine storage crafted of glass doors with display lighting.

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed and built this staircase in a Lake Nona home with a walk-in wine storage room. For more design ideas by Orlando Custom Home Builder go to www.cornerstonecustomconstruction.com

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed and built this staircase in a Lake Nona home with a walk-in wine storage room

 

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed and built this staircase in a Lake Mary home with a walk-in wine storage room. For more design ideas by Orlando Custom Home Builder go to www.cornerstonecustomconstruction.com

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed and built this staircase in a Lake Mary home with a walk-in wine storage room

For more design ideas and inspiration, subscribe to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri’s video series, Trade Secrets.

Kitchen and Bath Trends To Inspire Your New Home

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

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri Shares the Latest Looks in the Kitchen & Bath for 2017

Gray and White Transitional Kitchen in an Orlando Luxury Home, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Gray and White Transitional Kitchen in a Orlando Luxury Home, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

If you are thinking of building a new home or undertaking a kitchen or bath remodel, Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri wants to share the latest trend report from The National Kitchen & Bath Association for inspiration and an honest look at what is in and what’s out in kitchen and bath style. Here are the major takeaways:

Gray and White Transitional Kitchen in an Orlando Luxury Home, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Gray and White Transitional Kitchen in a Orlando Luxury Home, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Contemporary and Transitional-styled bathrooms and kitchens outrank Traditional design preferences as people opt for clean lines, sleek and simple over fussy details and embellishments.

Gray and white Transitional-styled kitchen with Zodiaq surfaces in London Sky and Corian Surfaces in Deep Mink

Gray and white Transitional-styled kitchen with Zodiaq surfaces in London Sky and Corian Surfaces in Deep Mink

Whites and grays continue to be the most popular color palettes in the kitchen and bathroom; however, blue with violet and purple undertones are gaining traction. Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year Greenery is inspiring cooler greens in home interiors with gray and yellow undertones or blue-green shades.

BlueStar oven and range hood in Pantone's 2017 Pantone Color of Year, Greenery

BlueStar oven and range hood in Pantone’s 2017 Pantone Color of Year, Greenery

 

Mid-Century Modern styled green kitchen with Corian countertops

Mid-Century Modern styled green kitchen with Corian countertops

In the kitchen, frameless cabinetry continues its forward march into the latest looks, in high gloss and matte finishes. White and gray painted cabinets continue to dominate kitchen color schemes and are joined by blue and black toned cabinets. High gloss finishes in cabinetry take it to the next level of sheen with new chrome-plated metallic finishes joining the mix of lacquer surfaces.

Poggenpohl chrome plated lacquers in 14 shades that draw inspiration from metallic paints in the automotive industry.

Poggenpohl chrome plated lacquers in 14 shades that draw inspiration from metallic paints in the automotive industry.

Black stainless steel is a popular look in kitchen appliances paired with matte black finishes and  quartz outranks granite as the surface of choice.  Microwave drawers replace stand alone units and induction cooktops and convection ovens are must-haves on the list for an updated kitchen.

Black stainless steel collection of appliances recently launched by Frigidaire Gallery, debuted at KBIS 2017

Black stainless steel collection of appliances recently launched by Frigidaire Gallery, debuted at KBIS 2017

In the bathroom, floating vanities and open shelving continue to be popular storage features while undermount bathroom sinks and trough sinks are replacing vessel sinks and pedestal sinks.

NKBA award-winning bathroom designed by Andrea Lupo features the popular floating vanity and under cabinet lighting.

NKBA award-winning bathroom designed by Andrea Lupo features the popular floating vanity and under cabinet lighting.

Hardware is all about mixing and matching to create your own personal style statement mixing metals and styles. Plumbing fixtures and lighting fixtures also mix it up with different metallics in combinations of chrome and brushed gold, brass and nickel etc.

Atlas Hardware's Tableau Collection mixes and matches metal finishes in different shapes and sizes for custom hardware configuration

Atlas Hardware’s Tableau Collection mixes and matches metal finishes in different shapes and sizes for custom hardware configuration

For an added dose of bling, some designers are using metallic grout with metallic tiles.

Armstrong Flooring's new Vivero Collection with Diamond 10 Technology pictured here in Antiquity that mimics vintage wood

Armstrong Flooring’s new Vivero Collection with Diamond 10 Technology pictured here in Antiquity that mimics vintage wood

In the bathroom, ceramic tile flooring remains the number one choice in looks that mimic wood and stone.  For more design ideas and inspiration, subscribe to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri’s video series, Trade Secrets.