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Lighting Trends Illuminating Home Decor

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

Lighting fixtures are an integral part of home decor illuminating the room’s sense of style. With advancements in LED technology, today’s lighting designs are untethered by bulbs allowing for sculptural silhouettes, geometric shapes, and fluid forms. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is seeing a shift in the way people look at lighting. “Homeowners are willing to invest more money in light fixtures so that they serve as both art and a source of illumination. Lighting fixtures are now considered a form of sculpture in a space,” Jorge says. 

Matte black sculptural light fixture

One of the latest looks in lighting pairs matte black finishes with white LED illumination in sculptural forms says Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Some of the latest looks in lighting popular with his clients include a fusion of contemporary and rustic elements as well as mixed metal finishes. “Brushed gold and brass finishes are making a comeback especially in geometric and round shapes for modern homes. For more traditional-styled home interiors, I’m seeing a blend of contemporary linear forms with natural materials such as wood to blend both the modern and the rustic.”

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri says a fusion of rustic and contemporary design elements is in demand for lighting fixtures.

The Orlando Custom Home Builder says clients are also opting to install lighting fixtures in clusters or groups at varying heights.  “Buying two smaller light fixtures and grouping them together is an affordable alternative to buying one large fixture,” Jorge says.

The Ruffle Pendants by Phillips Collection

Ruffle pendant light fixtures by Phillips Collection are grouped together in a trio for effect, one of the latest looks in lighting configurations according to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

For more on the latest lighting looks, here’s our trend report and a few installation tips to illuminate your space. 

Matte Black Fixtures:

Midcentury modern style lighting fixture in a cluster of matte black and brushed brash pendants

Midcentury modern style lighting fixture in a cluster of matte black and brushed brash pendants, one of the latest lighting looks according to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Black is a universally classic hue that transcends a variety of designs and styles. 

Midcentury Modern Styles:

Midcentury modern winery chandelier

The Sputnik Chandelier in this winery is an example of the space-age influenced Midcentury modern styles trending in home interiors according to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. He designed and built the winery.

Many millennial homebuyers are showing a renewed interest in Midcentury Modern architecture for its original appeal— floorplans with open spaces and walls of glass with sweeping views.  Lighting fixtures that nod to midcentury sensibilities with retro silhouettes updated in warm finishes appeal to both millennial homebuyers and consumers with contemporary-styled interiors. 

Midcentury modern globe fixture

This space-age styled globe chandelier is an example of the popular midcentury looks trending in home lighting according to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Midcentury modern style light fixture in the trending matte black finish with white LED illumination.

Midcentury modern style light fixture in the trending matte black finish with white LED illumination.

Mixed Metals and Materials:

Winery Chandelier in mixed materials

Mixed material chandelier in this winery is an example of trending lighting looks according to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri who designed and built the winery.

Mixed metal fixtures in any combination of black, bronze, brass, chrome, copper, and gold are resonating with homeowners in clean silhouettes or amorphous shapes. The mixed metal trend in lighting is an extension of overall aesthetic influencing home interiors where fixtures and finishes are used in various metallic combinations instead of matchy-matchy hardware and fittings.

 Ruffle Chandelier from Phillips Collection

These Ruffle Chandeliers from Phillips Collection in mixed metal finishes are examples of one of the latest lighting trends according to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Lighting fixtures that mix different materials are also popular looks especially in farmhouse modern styles where wood combines with metals in blacks, golds, and silvers.

Square Recessed Lighting:

Transitional Style Kitchen by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Square recessed lighting is a popular look in home interiors according to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri as seen in this kitchen he designed and built.

Recessed lighting is shaping up as square designs without trim so that the light sits flush against the ceiling or drywall.  Smaller aperture recessed lighting in square shapes is a popular choice because it requires smaller holes in the ceiling yet these lights give off illumination.

Now that you are up on the latest lighting trends, here are a few basic rules to hanging light fixtures you should know.

Lighting Fixture Hanging Tips:

Scale and proportion are essential to successful lighting design and configuration. The biggest mistake homeowners make when choosing and installing lighting is selecting fixtures that are too small or too large for a room. To help with your next lighting, we’ll take you room by room for installation tips and tricks to illuminate a space for style and function. 

 

Foyer hanging glass pendants

A cluster of hanging glass pendants is showcased in a window on the tower entry of this Modern custom home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. 

The Dining Room:

Modern living room by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

This modern styled lighting fixture of intersecting sabers hangs in proportion to the dining room in this custom home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

For the dining room, add the length and width of the dining room together to get the minimum diameter of a chandelier. That is your starting point for the size of your light fixture. Next consider the size of the dining table.  Rule of thumb here is that the fixture should be one-third to one-half the length of the table and measuring out should start in the center of the table. Try to stay within the width of the table. If you lighting configuration involves a cluster of pendants or  light fixtures, spacing should also be one-third to one-half the length of the table. One should go in the center and then space equally to cover the desired length. Hang fixtures over the dining table at least 30 inches from the top to avoid hitting it.

Main Living Spaces:

Great room light fixtures in home designed and built by Orland Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A pair of large transitional style chandeliers hangs in proportion to the high ceilings and volume of space in this great room by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Rules are more flexible for hanging lighting fixtures in main living spaces in a home. If you are using sconces, choose them in sizes at least 18 inches or taller and hang them about 72 to 78 inches off the floor to humanize the space of a two-story height room. In the hallways, place sconces approximately 8 to 10 feet apart in a zig-zag pattern (on both sides) for maximum appeal.  For bedrooms, the measurement is more about lumens output than the size of a fixture. Multiply the two wall lengths in a room to come up with the lumens needed in a fixture. For example, if the room is 12 feet by 12 feet, you’d need 2,400 lumens to light the room properly.

Entryways and Foyers:

Great room and foyer in this custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Great room and foyer in this custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

For entryways and foyers larger lighting fixtures often go well. To find the right-sized fixture consider that the distance from the floor to the bottom of the chandelier should be at least 7 feet. If you have a high ceiling, the dimensional rule of thumb is that this fixture should be longer than it is wider.  Use a 2-to-1 height-to-width ratio with a high ceiling. For single-story spaces, consider a large semi-flush lighting fixture that drops down but provides enough clearance with doors.

Bathrooms:

This bathroom by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is illuminated with two vanity light fixtures and a transitional style chandelier.

This bathroom by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is illuminated with two vanity light fixtures and a transitional style chandelier.

Hang sconces in the bathroom 60 to 66 inches off the floor. Center the light fixtures off the faucets equidistance apart. For a double vanity, a four-light fixture is ideal for spacing, proportion and illumination.  

Kitchen:

This trio of globe pendant lights hangs in spatial proportion to the double-height kitchen island in this home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Builder.

This trio of globe pendant lights hangs in spatial proportion to the double-height kitchen island in this home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Builder.

Lighting over the kitchen island often involves hanging pendants. When choosing pendants, consider the ceiling height and the island size. Pendants now come in lengths up to 18 inches long. For a 12-foot ceiling, an 18-inch-tall pendant works well. The basic rule is to hang pendants no less than 36 inches from the countertop. Try to group pendants in odd numbers and if you hang them at varying lengths, the longest pendant should maintain that 36-inch gap with the island countertop. The remaining pendants hang at higher elevations. Wider islands require larger pendants for scale instead of the traditional 6-inch pendants. Space each pendant at the amount of its dimension. If a pendant is 12 inches wide, for example, you’ll want 12 inches between additional pendants. Start at the center of the island (length-wise) and measure out from there.

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New Decade, New Neutrals: 2020 Color Trends for the Home 

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

2020 rings in a new decade with new neutrals for home interiors. Trending color palettes are aimed at creating a sense of calm, comfort, and connection with nature.

 

Over the last decade, grays and whites have dominated wall colors in the home. “Beige went out as a neutral in the early 2000s,” notes Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. 

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Great room in this custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features white walls with gray accent walls. Photo credit: Cornerstone Custom Construction

“In many of the modern houses that I design and build, the clients either pick a gray or a white color palette and offset its trendiness with a dark, espresso color for the doors and trim along with wood floors to ground the living space, keeping it timeless,” Jorge says.

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In this modern-style home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, notice the gray accent wall surrounding the staircase. Photo credit: Cornerstone Custom Construction

Jorge recommends painting a few accent walls in gray rather than an all-gray color palette for the home.  “Accent walls can be updated easily in the future.” 

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Family room in this contemporary home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features espresso painted wood trim, matching beams and wood accents. Photo credit: Cornerstone Custom Construction

Brown painted trim and doors are another affordable upgrade and alternative to a wood stained finish. “We can paint the doors and the trim with a dark espresso color that looks almost identical to the wood stained look of a dark walnut finish. When the client goes with painted beams, we can tie in the wood doors and trim to match back to the beams and wood accents,” Jorge notes. The same holds true for gray painted trim and doors. “The wood beams can be done in a gray color scheme and all the wood accents including the wood floors can match back.” 

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Dark, espresso painted wood trim and ceiling details counterbalance the white walls to add warmth to this modern-styled home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Photo credit: Cornerstone Custom Construction.

The Orlando custom builder notes that choosing the right white as a neutral can be challenging. “Whites are rarely pure; they tend to have shades of color to them. A white paint color could have a blue, pink, gray or yellow tint that comes out in certain lighting conditions.  I encourage homeowners to paint several samples of their chosen color throughout the house under different lighting scenarios,” Jorge says. He prefers using Pure White by Sherwin-Williams because it tends to have the least coloring in it. 

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Dark, espresso painted wood trim matches the kitchen cabinets and ceiling beams in this transitional-styled home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Photo credit: Cornerstone Custom Construction

Each year, major paint companies release their picks for Color of the Year. Choices vary widely for the 2020 Color of the Year so we’ve distilled the paint company picks down to a list of new neutrals for 2020. Here’s what you need to know:

Blue Hues:

Dining Room painted in Sherwin Williams Naval SW 6244, 2020 Color of the Year

Dining Room painted in Sherwin Williams Naval SW 6244, 2020 Color of the Year. photo credit: Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams announced Naval SW 6244 as its 2020 Color of the Year. The paint company describes it as a rich navy hue with a deep, sapphire-like quality.

“The use of color in interior design is changing,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “It’s not just about what a space looks like anymore, but how it makes you feel. People want to feel grounded and inspired to pursue their mental, physical and emotional well-being. Naval is reminiscent of the night sky, which people have looked to for centuries for guidance, as a muse and as a reminder to live more mindfully.”

Wadden notes that the last decade saw color evolve from beiges to cool grays and now back to warmer neutrals. “While greens and blues are always popular, how we’re using them in design is changing. In the coming decade, key combinations will include black, white and navy for a timeless look, or navy and jewel tones for a nod to Art Deco,” Wadden says.

Hallway painted with PPG Chinese Porcelain, 2020 Color of the Year.

Hallway painted with PPG paint brand’s Chinese Porcelain, 2020 Color of the Year. photo credit: PPG

PPG paint brand picks Chinese Porcelain (PPG1160-6)  a blend of cobalt and ink blue as an easy transition from yesterday’s neutrals to richer yet restful colors.   “PPG’s Chinese Porcelain delivers the energy and brightness of cobalt blue and incorporates the enveloping of a deep, muted navy tone. The need for simplicity and escapism from technology is in part, the reason that consumers are craving blues like Chinese Porcelain that bring us closer to natural elements such as the sea and sky – the horizon spot, creating serenity in any space,” explains Dee Schlotter, senior color manager, PPG paint brand

Earth Tones:

Walls painted in Behr paint's Cider Spice S210-5

Walls painted in Behr paint’s Cider Spice S210-5. photo credit: Behr Paint Company

Color experts and interior designers predict warm, earthy tones will be the neutral alternatives to the muted grays, ubiquitous since the economic downturn of 2008. Envision clay, copper, terra cotta, chocolate browns and soft yellows. Behr paints released its 2020 color forecast with 15 colors that embrace exploration and natural environments. The colors draw inspiration from natural elements such as sky, earth, water and plant life.

Natural Greens:

Family room painted in Behr paint's Back to Nature, 2020 Color of the Year.

Family room painted in Behr paint’s Back to Nature, 2020 Color of the Year. photo credit: Behr Paint

Driven by a desire to connect with nature and the outdoors, greens found foliage and plants are trending in 2020. Popular hues within this shade include green tea, malachite and verdant greens, colors of the forest. Behr paint picked the biophilic shade Back To Nature S340-4: a restorative, meadow-inspired green. Behr believes its 2020 Color of the Year can purify and promote a balanced space—bringing the outside, inside. “As we look ahead to a new decade, Back To Nature encourages us to reengage with the natural world, which we know can have a real, positive impact on our well-being,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr.  The paint company sees this slightly yellow-based green as a new neutral that adds peace and tranquility to any space.

Soft Pastels:

Dining room painted in Benjamin Moore's First Light, 2020 Color of the Year

Dining room painted in Benjamin Moore’s First Light, 2020 Color of the Year. photo credit: Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore chose a rosy pink named First Light 2102-70 as its Color of the Year to represent a new dawn of idealism, design and living. “First Light 2102-70 reflects a new definition of the home – a shift in mindset from the material to satisfying the core needs in life: community, comfort, security, self-expression, authenticity and ultimately, optimism,” says  Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore Director of Color Marketing and Development. First Light is one of ten hues in the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2020 palette that delivers modern paint color pairings that combine optimism with understatement, a timeless way to lighten up. “Color is powerful but highly subjective, especially through the lens of different generations, relationships and moods. But from the saturated to bright and airy, all are easy to live with and easy to love–whether they stand alone, in a strong pair, or all cohabitate,” says Magno.

Home decor brand Essential Home sees Neo Mint as the top color for 2020 in home decor, describing it as a fresh tone of green with a cool, futuristic feel. 

Essential Home's 2020 Color of the Year is Neo Mint

Essential Home’s 2020 Color of the Year is Neo Mint. photo credit: Essential Home.

As the home becomes a place of peace and refuge that promotes wellness and self-care, expect to see the latest color trends such as regenerative greens and grounding earth tones color living spaces of all styles.  

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Mod-Mediterranean Custom Home with Transitional Interiors

By | Custom Home Design, Design, Fireplace design, Kitchen Design, Mod-Mediterranean Design, Uncategorized

One of the latest architectural styles popular in Florida is Modern-Mediterranean also known as Mod-Mediterranean, a fusion of sleek, clean lines and geometric forms with Old World influences. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri recently designed and built this 5,700 square feet, two-story home in the gated community of Lake Forest in Sanford, Florida that melds Mediterranean forms and flourishes with eclectic design elements. The interior styling is transitional with a decidedly Mediterranean exterior.

Mod-Mediterranean Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. The 5,700 square foot home resides on a lake in the gated community of Lake Forest in Sanford, Florida.

Mod-Mediterranean Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. The 5,700 square foot home resides on a lake in the gated community of Lake Forest in Sanford, Florida.

The floorplan embraces the latest living spaces to accommodate today’s lifestyles with an open kitchen and great room, a master suite, 3 bedrooms, an office, a theater room, a flex room and a four-car garage.

The great room draws focus to an electric fireplace clad in gray stacked stone with a wood plank column that rises above it with an inset to display artwork. The ceilings soar to 22 feet in the great room. The home is designed and built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The great room draws focus to an electric fireplace clad in gray stacked stone with a wood plank column that rises above it with an inset to display artwork. The ceilings soar to 22 feet in the great room and to 10 feet in the rest of the home. White limestone floors surface the main living spaces of the home. “The main living spaces have high ceilings that deliver openness and freedom throughout the home, adding a sense of space and depth,” says Orland Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The great room opens to the kitchen with 22 foot high ceilings anchored by two large chandeliers and wood beams. The balcony walkway connects the two wings of the house. The home is designed and built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The great room opens to the kitchen with 22 foot high ceilings anchored by two large chandeliers and wood beams. The balcony walkway connects the two wings of the house. The home is designed and built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The home’s transitional styling mixes modern and industrial elements throughout. “We incorporated design statements in the home that reflect the homeowner’s personality and lifestyle,” Jorge says.

Interior styling is transitional mixed with eclectic elements such as the Moroccan globe light fixtures paired with Mediterranean architectural elements such as the wood beams in the dining room.

Interior styling is transitional mixed with eclectic elements such as the Moroccan globe light fixtures paired with Mediterranean architectural elements such as the wood beams in the dining room.

The open kitchen is sleek with white cabinets and quartz counter tops grounded with wood elements including the ceiling beams and the porcelain wood plank floors.

The open kitchen is sleek with white cabinets and quartz countertops grounded with wood elements including the ceiling beams and the porcelain wood plank floors.

Key design elements in this open, gourmet kitchen give it a transitional style including the trio of traditional pendants over the quartz kitchen island white with gray veining. Wood beams paired with porcelain wood plank floors add Old World details that ground the space and counterbalance the white cabinets, counters and island and rough-hewn subway tile backsplash. Matte black cabinet hardware mixes with stainless steel finishes, one of the latest looks in interior design, pairing different metals in the same room.  The demand for matte black fixtures and hardware in kitchens and baths continues to grow. The homeowner chose matte black cabinet hardware for a crisp contrast black with the white cabinets,” Jorge says. 

The kitchen's barrel ceiling and wood beams infuse Mediterranean architectural elements paired with sleek gray stacked stone that frames the range.

The kitchen’s barrel ceiling and wood beams infuse Mediterranean architectural elements paired with sleek gray stacked stone that frames the range.

The exterior draws curb appeal from Jorge’s signature tower entry design clad in stone with a wrought-iron, custom-crafted, double-entry door.

Today’s floorplans call for flex space to accommodate the changing lifestyle needs of homeowners. In this home, we designed a flex room as a versatile space upstairs that can function as an extra bedroom, office, home gym or craft room. It is designed to be transformed for different uses, depending on the wants and needs of homeowners such as a home gym or office,” says Jorge.

Each of the home’s five full baths and the half bath makes a unique design statement with different floor tile, vanity designs and lighting fixtures.

This bathroom conveys a more rustic vibe with its industrial style lighting fixtures and distressed porcelain gray wood plank accent wall behind the vanities with porcelain octagon mosaic tile floors.

This bathroom conveys a more rustic vibe with its industrial style lighting fixtures and distressed porcelain gray wood plank accent wall behind the vanities with porcelain octagon mosaic tile floors.

In this pool bath, matte black plumbing fixtures pair with a white quartz vanity counter and a marine-themed mirror on an accent wall of porcelain rough-hewn gray wood plank tile, paired with a Morrocan patterned floor tile for an eclectic look. 

In this bathroom, the marble pebble shower floor pairs with an ornate marble and stone tile floor with an arabesque vanity mirror and a vessel sink, as another electic look.  

This eclectic styled bathroom mixes Moroccan themed patterns and shapes with industrial styled lighting and a sleek floating vanity

This eclectic styled bathroom mixes Moroccan themed patterns and shapes with industrial styled lighting and a sleek floating vanity

The home’s interior finishes, colors and features reflect some of the latest home trends including brushed brass cabinet hardware paired with stainless steel faucets in the laundry room.

The home has two electric fireplaces, one in the great room framed in a floor-to-ceiling stone and wood hearth and a second one in the master bedroom, framed in white stacked stone. The electric fireplaces is gaining popularity as focal feature that creates ambiance with ease of use.

 

The masterbedroom in this 5,700 square foot custom home resides on the first floor and overlooks the lake. It features a white stacked stone electric fireplace and engineered walnut wood plank floors.

The master bedroom in this 5,700 square foot custom home resides on the first floor and overlooks the lake. It features a white stacked stone electric fireplace and engineered walnut wood plank floors.

The master bedroom features engineered walnut wood floors and opens to the outdoor living space with glass doors that provide a lake view.  The master bathroom draws focus to the sculptural freestanding tub set in a niche with a textural tiled feature wall. 

The master bathroom features porcelain tile floors that mimic the look of marble with a niche that frames a free standing tub.

The master bathroom features porcelain tile floors that mimic the look of marble with a niche that frames a freestanding tub.

One of the home’s unique features is the theater room upstairs with stage seating for nine people is painted in dark colors with a space mural on the ceiling. 

The Theater room upstairs showcases a space mural painted on the ceiling with espresso wood trim, dark gray walls and light gray carpet to create the perfect acoustic conditions and ambiance for watching movies on the large screen.

The Theater room upstairs showcases a space mural painted on the ceiling with espresso wood trim, dark gray walls and light gray carpet to create the perfect acoustic conditions and ambiance for watching movies on the large screen.

The 5,700 square foot home resides on a half acre lot at lake in Lake Forest, a gated community in Sanford, Florida. 

The view from the back of this 5,700 square foot home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. The home resides on a half-acre lot with plenty of green spaces for privacy and opens to views of the lake.

The view from the back of this 5,700 square foot home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. The home resides on a half-acre lot with plenty of green spaces for privacy and opens to views of the lake.

For more design ideas and inspiration go to www.cornerstonecustomconstruction.com

 

Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

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

This Spanish Revival custom home built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri sits on 5 acres wrapping around Hinden Lake in St. Cloud, Florida. “Architectural elements that imbue the home with Spanish Revival style include its whitewashed stucco facade, terracotta barrel tile roof, a tower chimney, and the trio of arches leading to the handcrafted wrought iron front door.  Inside we added decorative elements including handpainted tiles and ornamental ironwork,” Jorge says.  The home spans 7,500 square feet total with 4,700 square feet of living space under air.

Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

“We designed the home to connect to the organic nature of its surroundings and capture lake views from the main living spaces,” Jorge says.

Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The single story custom residence has an open concept floorplan with three bedrooms plus a master suite and features the latest lifestyle amenities.

The great room opens to the outdoor living spaces with a 20-foot high ceiling and clerestory windows to draw in natural light from above in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The great room opens to the outdoor living spaces with a 20-foot high ceiling and clerestory windows to draw in natural light from above in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The kitchen is outfitted with Sub-Zero Wolf appliances and draws focus to a backsplash of hand-painted tiles in an open floor plan that connects both the living and dining rooms, all of which open up to the back patio.

The kitchen opens to the great room and features a brick and beam barrel ceiling with a contrasting ivory colored island and handpainted tile backsplash in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The kitchen opens to the great room and features a brick and beam barrel ceiling with a contrasting ivory colored island and handpainted tile backsplash in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

 

A custom range hood crafted of precast stone coordinates with handpainted tiles on the backsplash of the range niche in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

A custom range hood crafted of precast stone coordinates with handpainted tiles on the backsplash of the range niche in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The kitchen is crowned by an undulating brick barrel and beam ceiling that pulls together the warm sand tones of the travertine tile. 

The granite island counter and granite perimeter counters with gray and white veining contrast with walnut wood stained cabinetry and travertine floors and backsplashes to give this kitchen its Spanish Revival style in this custom home by Orlando custom homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The granite island counter and granite perimeter counters with gray and white veining contrast with walnut wood stained cabinetry and travertine floors and backsplashes to give this kitchen its Spanish Revival style in this custom home by Orlando custom homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Throughout the main living spaces of this one story custom residence, 20-foot ceilings give the home an open, airy feel. The mission style fireplace features inlaid brick accents that compliment the brick barrel ceilings throughout the home. A 20-foot wide sliding glass door opens to the great room to the expansive outdoor living area.

The 20-foot fireplace in the great room features an inlaid brick design that echoes the home's brick barrel ceilings throughout.

The 20-foot fireplace in the great room features an inlaid brick design that echoes the home’s brick barrel ceilings throughout.

 In the master bath, travertine stone clads the tub and shower seamlessly tying in with the flooring throughout the home.  

The master bath is clad in travertine stone that compliments the home's flooring.

The master bath is clad in travertine stone that compliments the home’s flooring.

The master suite is trimmed with walnut stained wood moldings that echo the wood beams of the vaulted ceiling.

The master bath is clad in travertine stone that compliments the home's flooring.

The master bath is clad in travertine stone that compliments the home’s flooring.

Sliding barn doors attached to a beam with rustic hardware and opens to the laundry room.

White-painted sliding barn doors open to the laundry room conserving space in the hallway because they require no clearance to open up in this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Spanish Revival architectural features include interior arches, a mix of tongue and groove and brick barrel ceilings and ornamental iron light fixtures.

Interior hallway with arches that open to the great room in this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Interior hallway with arches that open to the great room in this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Interior hallway with arches that open to the great room in this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Interior hallway with arches that open to the great room in this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Situated on 5 acres, the home wraps around a large outdoor space with a summer kitchen, pool, and spa.

Backyard view of this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri that wraps around a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and living spaces.

Backyard view of this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri that wraps around a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and living spaces.

The great room of this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri that opens to a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and living spaces.

The great room of this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri that opens to a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and living spaces.

The great room seamlessly opens to the pool for alfresco enjoyment and entertaining.

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Florida Modern Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

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

This Florida Modern Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri Features Sweeping Lake Views and Sleek Architectural Features

 New modern classic architecture defines this 12,000 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

New modern classic architecture defines this 12,000 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

An inverted L shaped entrance, slim round tower and oversized windows give this 12,000-square-foot modern custom home stunning curb appeal. Situated on a peninsula on Lake Markham in the Seminole County community of Lake Markham Preserve, this Florida contemporary home is designed as two wings set at 45-degree angles embracing the lake views.

This Florida Modern custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri brings the outside in by featuring sliding glass walls erasing separation between indoor and outdoor living, embracing Florida’s climate and lifestyle year-round.

This Florida Modern custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri brings the outside in by featuring sliding glass walls erasing separation between indoor and outdoor living, embracing Florida’s climate and lifestyle year-round.

“The objective of the home’s floorplan was to have a clear view of the lake throughout the house. We achieved this with large glass sliders throughout the back of the home that run from the master suite to the other side of the home for a 270-degree view of the lake,” says Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction. 

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows open up the view to Lake Markham from the back of this 12,000 sq. ft home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows open up the view to Lake Markham from the back of this 12,000 sq. ft home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Check out the home’s panoramic lake views in this flyover:

 

The home’s facade features ledgestone accents that appear on the interior as a unifying architectural element and a custom-crafted flat paneled gray iron front door. Modern garage doors made of stainless steel with shatterproof glass insets house five cars.

A signature Florida contemporary style element is the home’s black slate roof that appears flat but is actually slightly pitched to promote drainage. Other standout architectural features include mitered windows at the corners.

A round tower with metal roof softens the geometry of this Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

A round tower with metal roof softens the geometry of this Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The color palette of gray tones extends to the interior with large 36″ by 18″ white porcelain floor tile with gray striations and walls painted in a soft white gray. 

The great room opens to the kitchen and draws focus to a floor-to-ceiling wall of ledgestone that frames a fireplace and TV screen in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The great room opens to the kitchen and draws focus to a floor-to-ceiling wall of ledgestone that frames a fireplace and TV screen in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The home has two custom-designed staircases on each wing with black, wrought iron linear railings and quartz steps edge-lit with LEDs.

The black wrought iron staircase is crafted to coordinate with the black wrought iron flat panel double entry front door in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The black wrought iron staircase is crafted to coordinate with the black wrought iron flat panel double entry front door in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

In the large, open kitchen, an 18-foot wood grain laminate feature wall seamlessly integrates appliances in a T-formation.  Two kitchen islands are crafted in the contrasting countertop material, one with a wraparound white and gray quartz countertop that matches the backsplash. The second kitchen island has a white quartz surface.  

Contemporary kitchen well-appointed with two islands with quartz countertops in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Contemporary kitchen well-appointed with two islands with quartz countertops in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The kitchen backsplash crafted of white quartz with gray veining echoes the wraparound countertop of the island facing the great room in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The kitchen backsplash crafted of white quartz with gray veining echoes the wraparound countertop of the island facing the great room in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Wood grain cabinetry and a ledgestone fireplace and TV wall add organic elements to soften the sleek lines of this Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Wood grain cabinetry and a ledgestone fireplace and TV wall add organic elements to soften the sleek lines of this Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

A 16-foot-long stone fireplace runs horizontally from wall-to-wall with a geometric design element crafted of white Venetian plaster that frames the electric firebox. Embedded LEDs light the fireplace feature wall from above.

Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering striking views of the pool, water features and landscaping from the moment upon entering this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Floor-to- ceiling glass walls offering striking views of the pool, water features and landscaping from the moment upon entering this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

In the living room, a 16-foot-long ledgestone stone fireplace runs horizontally from wall-to-wall with a geometric frame of white Venetian plaster around the electric firebox. The fireplace wall is lit with LEDs from above.

In the living room, a 16-foot-long ledgestone stone fireplace runs horizontally from wall-to-wall with a geometric frame of white Venetian plaster around the electric firebox. The fireplace wall is lit with LEDs from above.

 The interior styling of the home is modern but warm with a mix of wood elements and natural stone as seen in the bathrooms.

 One of the six bathrooms in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

One of the six bathrooms in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Powder Bath with blue glass vessel sink that glows from LED lighting and sits atop a white and gray quartz floating vanity framed by a floor-to-ceiling ledgestone wall

Powder Bath with blue glass vessel sink that glows from LED lighting and sits atop a white and gray quartz floating vanity framed by a floor-to-ceiling ledgestone wall

 One of the six bathrooms in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

One of the six bathrooms in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

In the master bath, porcelain floor tile in a slate gray clads a feature wall fronting the freestanding tub and dual entry shower. Floating vanities and a dropped ceiling framed with wood contribute to the master bath’s minimalist, zen-like ambiance.

The master suite has a gray wood plank flooring that sweeps up to create a feature wall.

The master suite in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The master suite in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The linear pool and spa overlooking Lake Markham sit on a peninsula for sweeping views.

The linear pool and spa overlooking Lake Markham sit on a peninsula for sweeping views.

For more design ideas, check out Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri’s youtube channel.

 

 

 

 

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Different Degrees of Modern Style

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The Modernist Movement originated before the start of World War I and gained momentum in the 1920s and ’30s with Walter Gropius’s Bauhaus School, an experimental housing in Stuttgart shown by the Deutscher Werkbund group. Today its legacy endures in modern architecture of various iterations all rooted in what was called “a new architectural language that breaks with the past.” 

Modernist Masters from Le Corbusier to Frank Lloyd Wright developed these new architectural techniques to meet the needs of society. Here in Florida, we lay claim to a regional modernism pioneered by the Sarasota School of Architecture, a group of pre-eminent practitioners.

 

Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri says modern architecture continues gaining popularity for its signature design elements such as flat roofs or subtle roof lines, intersecting geometric planes, walls of glass, and angular features. These elements of style reflect our current fixation on unadorned features, simple, clear forms and clean-lined decor filtered through a regional lens of Florida Modernism. One of the latest projects from this Orlando Custom Homebuilder is a 12-square-foot home in Lake Markham Preserve on a lakefront lot with sweeping water views. 

The home’s contemporary curb appeal draws visual power from its planar and geometric forms and large glass windows.

Inside, a color palette of white and gray highlights wood tones without competing with the panoramic lake views from large expanses of glass that flood the two-story home with natural light. 

The custom front door was designed by the owner and crafted in Mexico of wrought iron with a modern industrial look.

Two staircases crafted of wrought iron in a grid design with a fine finish, one on each wing of the home, connect to an open bridge overlooking the great room. 

Flooring downstairs is done in 30″ by 18″ porcelain tile and upstairs features gray wood plank floors.

 

Stacked gray stone provide visual and textural accents throughout.

The home has large windows throughout with corner windows in many rooms to drink in the panoramic lake view.

For more design ideas, check out Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri’s youtube channel.

 

 

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How to Increase Your Home’s Value

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Custom Kitchen by Orlando Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. www.ImYourBuilder.com

Thinking about remodeling your existing home for a return on investment? You might want to consider that not all home improvement projects guarantee ROI. Recent research from The 31st Annual Remodeling Cost Vs. Value Report  ranks the top five remodeling projects that retain their values at resale.

98.3%     Garage Door Replacement

97.1%     Manufactured Stone Veneer

91.3%     Entry Door Replacement (steel)

82.8%     Deck Addition

81.1%     Minor Kitchen Remodel

You might be surprised to learn that the two most popular home upgrades— the kitchen and the master bath— typically don’t recoup their investments.  A major kitchen remodel can cost upwards of $125,000 and recoup only 59% of that expenditure at resale while a master bath renovation averages $62,000 and typically recovers 56% of the cost at resale.

For a deep dive into the costs versus benefits of home remodeling projects, we discovered a great resource for homeowners. To learn more, click on the link:

A pergola with the outdoor sitting area and fire pit overlook the geometric pool and spa, embellished with glass mosaic tiles. For more design ideas from Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, subscribe to his YouTube channel TradeSecrets by Jorge.

 

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Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

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Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

This Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is a regional interpretation of popular modernist styles but with warmth and texture that counterbalance rectilinear lines and sleek elements. Unlike typical modernist styles with flat roof lines, Jorge created his version of Florida Modern architecture with subtle roof pitches that appear flat from the facade yet promote better drainage.

Roofline of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Roofline of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

“Florida’s humid climate sees a lot of rainfall and frequent hurricanes, so we considered those climate factors in our design of this 5,000-square-foot home. Flat roof lines in Florida tend to create structural problems because of rainwater water pooling on the surface,” explains Jorge.

Inverted L Entry Tower defines the curb appeal of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Inverted L Entry Tower defines the curb appeal of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Large windows and sliding glass walls fill the home with natural sunlight enhancing its modern style. “There is a delicate balance we strike in the design of large windows without too much glass that will overheat the home and negatively impact its energy efficiency,” says Jorge.

An inverted L entry tower clad in split-face white travertine anchors the rectilinear planes. “We didn’t want a very plain, very cold house so we added a lot of textures with wood, stone, glass and steel.”

Two-story family room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Two-story family room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

In the family room, the focal point is a fireplace that soars 22 feet framed with a tower of espresso wood panels and steel bands and a floating mantle crafted of white quartz.  Sleek wood beams throughout the home add warmth and character.

Modern style wine room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Modern style wine room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Next to the great room, the winery has double glass doors that offer a transparent view to the travertine split face wine wall and starburst light fixture with a wine tasting bar, cold storage area, and espresso wood floors.

Modern style kitchen in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Modern style kitchen in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The great room opens to the kitchen, filled with natural light from sliding glass doors. The double kitchen island serves as a prep area and a breakfast table that accommodates six people, crafted of modern white lacquer cabinets with quartzite tops. Espresso wood grain cabinetry with white quartz lines the perimeter of the kitchen.

View of the double-height kitchen island for food prep and eat in table in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

View of the double-height kitchen island for food prep and eat in table in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A custom-colored range by Big Chill in cobalt blue and framed by a silver glass tile backsplash adds a pop of color that coordinates with the blue accents in the adjoining family room.

This custom-colored range by Big Chill in cobalt blue adds a pop of color that coordinates with the color palette of the adjoining family room in this Florida Modern home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

This custom-colored range by Big Chill in cobalt blue adds a pop of color that coordinates with the color palette of the adjoining family room in this Florida Modern home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Marble floors ground sleek design elements including a trio of chrome globe pendant lights and stainless steel appliances.

Dining room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Dining room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The dining room sits to the right of the foyer and opens to the family room crowned by a modern barrel ceiling framed in espresso wood featuring a chrome lightsaber LED light fixture. The travertine split-face stone feature wall acts as a unifying architectural element.

Master bedroom with a floating ceiling canopy over the bed and hanging light pendants in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Master bedroom with a floating ceiling canopy over the bed and hanging light pendants in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The master bedroom features an ethanol-burning fireplace, one of three in the home, and a dropped ceiling with espresso wood trim that acts as a canopy over the bed with two hanging light pendants used in lieu of nightstand lamps which is one of the latest looks in lighting.

View of the contemporary fireplace crafted of split-face travertine and powered by ethanol fuel in the master bedroom of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

View of the contemporary fireplace crafted of split-face travertine and powered by ethanol fuel in the master bedroom of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The master bathroom exudes a spa-like feel with a freestanding rectangular tub with a chrome waterfall faucet surrounded by Mexican river rock in gray tones.

The master bathroom showcases a rectangular freestanding tub framed by river rock in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The master bathroom showcases a rectangular freestanding tub framed by river rock in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The double entry shower with rain head fixtures features porcelain wood tile and pebble stone floors. Modern floating cabinetry and vanities are crafted in espresso wood with sleek, recessed hardware. Surface mounted rectangular sinks and the mirrors framed by pebble stone walls draw inspiration from luxury baths in boutique hotels.

The double entry shower with a porcelain wood tile wall and pebble rock floor sits behind the freestanding tub in the master bathroom of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The double entry shower with a porcelain wood tile wall and pebble rock floor sits behind the freestanding tub in the master bathroom of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Upstairs, a glass panel bridge that connects both wings of the home and overlooks the family room.

A glass panel staircase framed with chrome supports and wood railings with marble stairs in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A glass panel staircase framed with chrome supports and wood railings with marble stairs in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The right-wing upstairs features two bedrooms and the left wing comprises a bedroom and a media room.

A glass panel bridge overlooking the family room connects both upstairs wings of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A glass panel bridge overlooking the family room connects both upstairs wings of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Upstairs media room sits on the left wing of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Upstairs media room sits on the left wing of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The home is powered by smart-home technology controlled by Alexa voice command that operates thermostats, the refrigerator, lights, the video doorbells, alarm system and audio-visual technology including a Sonos speaker system.

The master bedroom has sliding glass panel doors that open to the Outdoor living room with a fire table and ethanol burning fireplace in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The master bedroom has sliding glass panel doors that open to the Outdoor living room with a fire table and ethanol burning fireplace in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Designed for indoor-outdoor living, sliding glass doors connect the family room and the kitchen to the outdoor entertaining spaces including a living room with firepit and an outdoor kitchen with bar top and table.

The outdoor kitchen, designed for entertaining, opens to the kitchen through sliding glass doors in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The outdoor kitchen, designed for entertaining, opens to the kitchen through sliding glass doors in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A pergola with seating area and fire table overlooks the resort-style pool and spa in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A pergola with seating area and fire table overlooks the resort-style pool and spa in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A pergola with the outdoor sitting area and fire pit overlook the geometric pool and spa, embellished with glass mosaic tiles. For more design ideas from Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, subscribe to his YouTube channel TradeSecrets by Jorge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Florida Modern Architectural Style Elements

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 Residential Architecture Should Consider the Context, Location & Environment of a Home.

Florida Modern styled home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Modern styled home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

Unlike other places in the country, Florida summers are characterized by an intense rainy season and extremely high temperatures. Careful consideration must be given to these climate conditions in the design of the home.

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designs his own interpretation of Florida Modern that embraces the characteristic rectilinear facade with subtle roof elevations to accommodate  the region’s subtropical climate. “Flat roofs work great in other regions of the nation, but here in Florida, heavy precipitation and strong UV rays shorten the lifespan of some of the water proofing materials including roof membranes and sealants. Flat roofs don’t drain as easily as sloped or pitched roofs. The rooflines I design have a subtle pitch crafted of flat concrete tile to promote drainage yet still preserve the rectilinear style,” explains Jorge, who is finishing up two Florida Modern custom residences, one on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary and the other in Lake Markham Preserve in Sanford.

Florida Modern styled home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri spans 10,000 square feet and wraps around a ski and boating lake in Lake Markham Preserve. www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Modern styled home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri spans 10,000 square feet and wraps around a ski and boating lake in Lake Markham Preserve. www.imyourbuilder.com

The Lake Markham Preserve home in Sanford overlooks a large ski and boating lake with its own dock. The home is designed to wrap around the lake view and drink in natural light through two-story windows.

Floor to ceiling windows in this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Floor to ceiling windows in this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

“Modern homes are known for their large walls of glass but in Florida, due to our high temperatures, we need to find a balance. I design tall windows spanning from the floor to the ceiling that speak the visual language of contemporary architecture without overheating the home and compromising the comfort factor.”

Florida Modern home with rooflines designed with subtle pitches to promote drainage and better accommodate Florida's climate conditions. The roofline is designed to appear flat in keeping with its contemporary styling but has a small slope. This home was designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri and is under construction in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Modern home with rooflines designed with subtle pitches to promote drainage and better accommodate Florida’s climate conditions. The roofline is designed to appear flat in keeping with its contemporary styling but has a small slope. This home was designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri and is under construction in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

In the Lake Mary custom residence, large second-story windows act as skylights illuminating the main living spaces without overheating them. “Large rectangular glass windows on the facade and the front door’s horizontal frosted glass panels infuse a lot of natural light into the foyer and family room, while sliding glass doors and a two-story trio of windows on the back of the home capture natural light as the sun shifts throughout the day. “

White ledge stone on this floor to ceiling fireplace echoes the stone on the facade and ties the interior and exterior together in this Florida Modern Home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Other expressions of Florida Modern architectural style include stacked stone or ledge stone on the exterior and interior of the home. White ledgestone is used on the facade of the Lake Mary home and echoed in the interior on the double-height fireplace.

Grey ledge stone on this wall that extends from the exterior to the interior adds warmth to the contemporary styling of this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Grey ledge stone on this wall that extends from the exterior to the interior adds warmth to the contemporary styling of this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

In the Sanford home, a slate gray ledge stone embellishes many interior and exterior features and ties the living spaces together. “Stone visually warms up the space as a natural material juxtaposed with popular contemporary-styled, man made materials and finishes such as chrome and lacquer.

Grey ledge stone on the fireplace wall adds warmth to the contemporary styling of this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Grey ledge stone on the fireplace wall adds warmth to the contemporary styling of this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Lighting choices also convey a particular interpretation of contemporary style from minimalist to midcentury modern.  One home references space age, Googie-inspired influences with starburst and globe lighting fixtures while the other home nods to art and sculpture with its lighting choices.

Starburst light fixture in the wine room of this Florida Modern home in Lake Mary designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Starburst light fixture in the wine room of this Florida Modern home in Lake Mary designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

 

Chrome and glass globe lighting fixtures in this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Chrome and glass globe lighting fixtures in this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Modern style is a balancing act of design elements and materials that make a space warm and inviting yet sleek, clean and sophisticated.

This staircase blends the natural materials of marble and wood with glass and chrome for a perfect balance of warmth with sleek elements. The staircase was designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in this Florida Modern home under construction in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

This staircase blends the natural materials of marble and wood with glass and chrome for a perfect balance of warmth with sleek elements. The staircase was designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in this Florida Modern home under construction in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

For more design ideas and inspiration give Jorge Ulibarri a call at 407-733-5500 to discuss your custom home and subscribe to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri’s video series, Trade Secrets 

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Contemporary Pool Design Ideas

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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.