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Mod-Mediterranean Custom Home with Transitional Interiors

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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

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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

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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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Choosing the Right Fireplace For Your Living Space

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Orlando Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri Shares Fireplace Design Ideas and Tips 

In our personal home, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, we have three ethanol burning fireplaces that fit perfectly with our modern decor and busy lifestyle.

In the living room, we have the Regal Flame Venice 32 Inch Ventless Built-In Recessed Bio Ethanol Wall Mounted Fireplace. Mount it on a wall or built into one, the possibilities and style are endless with the Venice Recessed Wall Mounted Ethanol Fireplace.

The fireplaces burn denatured ethanol, a renewable modern energy that burns free, emits no fumes, is environmentally friendly and virtually maintenance free.  Ethanol fireplaces don’t require a vent nor a chimney, nor a utility connection for fuel supply making it ideal for almost any architectural environment.

Our linear fireplaces are crafted of stainless steel and are super easy to use. I simply pour in the bioethanol fuel, we use Regal Flame Ultra Pure Ventless Bio Ethanol Fireplace Fuel into the holders and light the containers for the flames to burn. To extinguish the flame, simply pull the cover over the fuel container to smother the flame.

In our master bedroom and summer kitchen, we have a Regal Flame Fargo 43 Inch Ventless Built-In Recessed Bio Ethanol Wall Mounted Fireplace.

The Fargo’s steel outer frame gives it a contemporary unique recessed in wall fireplace with its due bio-ethanol burner concept, providing malting flames.

 

Gas fireplaces are another environmentally friendly heating solution for the modern era with high-efficiency ratings and contemporary designs that don’t sacrifice form for function.  The latest gas fireplaces accurately render the look of wood-burning fireplaces for that traditional look and ambiance.

They burn realistically with lifelike looking logs, embers and orange flames. Gas as a fireplace fuel has many advantages over wood. Gas eliminates the mess and work with burning wood and is convenient to ignite and control with a button, piped into the home or from a refillable tank. Gas burning fires eliminate chimney-build up from the by-products of burning wood which can add soot and odor to the home or cause house fires if the chimney is not properly maintained.

Because gas fireplaces don’t require a roof access chimney to vent like wood fires, there is greater flexibility in installation around the house.

When selecting a fireplace, consider the heat output and how it may affect or degrade a TV, electronics, artwork or shelving above a fireplace. It’s important to talk with your builder about how the construction of fireplace chase walls and installation will mitigate heat transfer to the electronics or artwork mounted above it.

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Video Tour of the Modern-Mediterranean Home

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Villa Di Lusso is a Mod-Mediterranean custom home fusing contemporary and traditional styles. The exterior of the 4,800 sq. ft. home is Spanish-Mediterranean and the interior is a mix of modern, sleek and rustic, Old World elements. Built to satisfy the latest consumer preferences, the home doesn’t have a formal living room. Instead, extra space and design priority goes to the grand room. A sweeping 22-foot high Mod-Mediterranean fireplace with dark wood columns illuminated by LEDs with a niche of glass mosaics, stainless steel plates and hearth as the focal point.

The grand room seamlessly opens to a kitchen with two contrasting islands in white quartz and espresso quartz, contrasting light and dark cabinetry and contemporary fixtures in a rustic canvas of travertine floors and wood beams. Each room of the home features a designer ceiling: the formal dining room showcases a custom wood grid ceiling, the main hallway is a barrel ceiling of travertine bordered by glass tiles lit with LEDs hidden in the coves.

The tower entry is anchored with beams with a glass chandelier and the grand room features beams in a cross-cross pattern with a trio of sculptural modern hanging light fixtures. The lower level features a master bedroom and master bath with floating double vanities featuring the latest fixtures in an open channel, geometric design. The office showcases a custom-made monolithic desk seamlessly created from white quartz that contrasts with the dark porcelain wood-look-a-like floors and dark, sleek cabinets. The downstairs level also contains a formal dining room and guest bedroom and bath and a walk-in wine cellar with tasting bar tucked underneath the winding staircase to maximize space. Upstairs, a media room, and two bedrooms overlooking an outdoor retreat with glass mosaic pool, spa and firepit.

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Indirect Lighting for Direct Impact

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LED lit coves in the barrel ceiling on this hallway cast a soft glow on the glass tile edges of the travertine barrel drawing focus to key architectural details in this Mod-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

LED lit coves in the barrel ceiling on this hallway cast a soft glow on the glass tile edges of the travertine barrel drawing focus to key architectural details in this Mod-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

LEDs provide new opportunities for lighting small spaces once inaccessible by bulb technology. Because these semiconductor chips are miniscule but pack a lot of light, they are illuminating living spaces in ways we’ve never seen before. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is in the final stage of constructing a Mod-Mediterranean home that is the perfect canvas for indirect lighting. “We used LED tape lights to create illuminated silhouettes that draw the eye to architectural details,” explains Ulibarri who designed the 4,800 sq. ft. home as a fusion of Old World and contemporary design.

LED light kitchen in this Mod-Mediterranean Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

LED light kitchen in this Mod-Mediterranean Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

The home’s elevation is Spanish-Mediterranean but the interiors showcase clean lines, sleek fixtures and finishes such as glass mosaics mixed with rustic beams, travertine floors and other raw natural materials.

“Lighting design plays an important role in creating the Mod-Mediterranean style. It has to be done right, with a modern, edgy allure that melds with more rustic features. LED indirect lighting creates that contemporary vibe in a traditional setting,” says Ulibarri.

LED tape lights illuminate the kitchen cabinets inside, above and below in this Mod-Mediterranea home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

LED tape lights illuminate the kitchen cabinets inside, above and below in this Mod-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

In the kitchen, Ulibarri added LED tape lighting to the interior, top and bottom of the upper cabinets as well as the bottom of the kitchen island for toe kick lighting. When lit from within, the frosted glass cabinet panels cast a soft glow in the kitchen. LED indirect lighting in the open kitchen provides added illumination without casting distracting glare on the flat screen TV in the adjoining living room. “LEDs work well in the kitchen because they provide a powerful light source without giving off a lot of heat. Keeping the temperature down in kitchen is a challenge because you have to balance the need for light with other heat radiant sources such as the oven and range. LEDs give off less heat than other light sources such as halogens and incandescent lights,” explains Ulibarri. Consider that a typical incandescent bulb runs at 200 degrees above room temperature.

LED Tape light

LED Tape light

LED Tape consists of a dot of light spaced approximately every 5/8 inch. The quality of LED chips varies in terms of the light conducting phosphorous coating (a proprietary recipe that differs among each manufacturer). Ulibarri installed high quality LED Tape light with a color temperature of 3000K at an approximate cost of $18 per liner foot for materials and installation. Prices vary depending on the complexity of the project and installation.

Led tape lights illuminate the sides and decorative inset of this Mod-Mediterranean fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Led tape lights illuminate the sides and decorative inset of this Mod-Mediterranean fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Ulibarri installed LED tape light to illuminate the sides of the soaring Mod-Mediterranean fireplace, a centerpiece that anchors the aesthetic. LED tape light also illuminates the built-in glass tile mosaic and glass inlay above hearth.

In the hallway, LED tape lights hidden in the barrel ceiling cove cast a soft glow on the travertine tile framed in glass tiles.

LED lit barrel ceiling in the hallway of this Mod-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

LED lit barrel ceiling in the hallway of this Mod-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

No matter what your style, any home has several “sweet spots” for LED lighting, areas where LEDs are practical and economical.  Terry McGowan, DirectorEngineering & Technology
American Lighting Association, offers the following ideas for LED lighting:

–       Portable task lights

–       New or retrofit downlights in ceilings

–       Under and over-cabinet lighting

–       Interior cabinet lighting

–       Indirect lighting – particularly in coves

–       Outline lighting (for example, outlining a door so it can be seen at night for orientation)

LEDs can product light colors in the entire spectrum and come in a color temperature measured in Kelvins (K) in a range of 2700K-6500K. As a general rule when selecting the right LED lighting, remember: the higher the Kelvin number, the bluer the light will appear. The lower the Kelvin number, the warmer the light appears. LED lighting opens up new possibilities in lighting design. These are just a few ideas for  inspiration to show you the potential of this energy-efficient lighting tool.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Electric Fireplace, A Hot Property in Home Design for 2013

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Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames
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One of the latest trends to light up a room is the electric fireplace. Recently, I attended the International Builders’ Show in Vegas where electric fireplaces were the hot property in home design. There are several reasons why:

Electric Fireplaces are Affordable:

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

A gas or wood burning fireplace can cost you approximately $3,000 to purchase and install plus the cost of the gas lines, which can run as much as $400.  An electric fireplace costs approximately $1,000.

Electric Fireplaces Can be Installed in Any Room:

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Because electric fireplaces don’t require ventilation, they can go in any room with a 120 Volt electrical outlet to plug into. The electric fireplace simply hangs from the wall so the possibilities are endless.

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Imagine an electric fireplace flickering nearby while soaking in your tub, reading fireside in your family room or enjoying an al fresco evening by the flickering light of your outdoor living room hearth.

Electric Fireplaces Go with Any Décor:

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Manufacturers are capitalizing on this trend in the hearth industry launching new electric fireplace product lines in many styles. These electric fireplaces have cool capabilities that traditional fireplaces just can’t pull off. Some have colored LED backlighting that can be programmed to rotate up to nine different colors or remain constant. The base of the firebox can feature stones or a glass rocks.

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

In order to appreciate the beauty of these affordable faux fireplaces, I put together a Vlog with some video clips so you can really appreciate how an electric fireplace can light up a room.

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How to Add Glass Tiles for Today’s Shimmer Trend

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NKBA 2013 Design Contest Contestant "Mosaics Meet Their Match" , photo courtesy of NKBA

NKBA 2013 Design Contest Contestant “Mosaics Meet Their Match” , photo courtesy of NKBA

Surfaces with shimmer and sheen go perfect with today’s popular transitional style. 

Surfaces that shimmer are trending in home decor and that makes glass tile an ideal tool to add sparkle to any space. From kitchen backsplashes to bathtub surrounds, accent walls and pool perimeters, indoors and outdoors, glass tile is IN. The National Kitchen & Bath Association says the current look in the kitchen is all about surfaces with sheens that gleam alongside stainless steel appliances, capturing light and complimenting more traditional elements such as wood cabinetry. Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri uses a mixture of glass, stone and metallic tile mosaics in many of his homes.

“Travertine or stone mosaics work well in more rustic styles while the glass tile mosaics help fuse rustic and contemporary. It’s an affordable architectural detail when used in small, high profile areas,” says Jorge.

Glass Mosaic tiles frame a vanity built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Glass Mosaic tiles frame a vanity built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Glass tile is a timeless material adorning ancient temples, monuments and other great architectural works. Today’s modern twist on glass tile mixes it up in mosaic patterns with other materials such as stone, ceramic and metal.

Glass tiles come in many shapes, colors and sizes and are available in sheets of predesigned patterns. Prices vary from a low $5 per square foot  sheet to upwards of $15 to $30 per sheet. Although these mosaics may look like artisans painstakingly handcrafted each design, glass tile mosaic sheets are easy to install.  Here are some of the hottest looks for 2013.

Glass Stick Mosaics:

Glass tile backsplash in a Modern-Mediterranean Kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Glass tile backsplash in a Modern-Mediterranean Kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Rectangular tile or glass stick  mosaics are popular shapes and patterns in modern home design.

The  larger rectangular blocks known as subway tile are surfacing in many kitchens where the aim is to incorporate simpler, more modern elements.  Shiny glass tiles combined with  stainless steel and industrial materials work to create a transitional style that blends traditional and contemporary elements.

White Subway Tile in the kitchen of The New Southern Home, photo courtesy of NWC Construction

White Subway Tile in the kitchen of The New Southern Home, photo courtesy of NWC Construction

Glass Mixed with Stone or Metal Mosaics:

Glass mixed with stone or metallic tiles in a mosaic lends itself perfectly to that Mod-Mediterranean style that blends Old World with modern design.

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Metallic tile alone can add an industrial edge to a room as an accent wall or niche backdrop. These mixed mosaics merge shiny and natural materials to pull together stone floors with beams and contemporary fixtures. As an example, Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri is framing a wall-to-ceiling fireplace with a mixed mosaic design of stone, glass, and metallic.

Glass and stone tile fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Glass and stone tile fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Glass Tiles for Sparkling Pools:

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Many of today’s pools feature glass tiles on the sides and bottoms to capture light and liven up the color of water. A blue or emerald-green glass tile bottom can make pool water mimic the azure hues of the Caribbean ocean. Because the glass tiles are durable, tough, and resistant to mildew and stains, they are ideal for embellishing outdoor areas such as water features.

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Glass Tiles To Infuse 2013 Color of the Year:

Emerald Green Glitter Glass SubwayTiles by Susan Jablon

Emerald Green Glitter Glass SubwayTiles by Susan Jablon

The new hue for 2013 as anointed by Pantone, the global color authority,  is Emerald. This jewel-tone hue is surfacing as color pops in home décor and fashion. Consider incorporating emerald glass mosaics to sparkle up a space.  Pantone suggests infusing its Color of the Year in emerald painted accent walls and home accessories as well.

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Check back soon for more home design inspiration and new home construction tips. I’m headed to the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas next week. We will return with the latest products, sources and trends in home design and new construction. I can’t wait to share with you more about what I discover. Thanks for reading.

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The Mod-Mediterranean Home: Tips for Modernizing Old World Architecture

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Ideas for Blending Old World and Modern Design

Modern-Mediterranean Exterior of home designed and built by Jorge Ulibarri

Modern-Mediterranean Exterior of home designed and built by Jorge Ulibarri

In warmer, sunny climates such as Florida and California, Mediterranean architecture remains a popular style. Mediterranean architecture has many incarnations influenced by Tuscan, Spanish and Old World styles, Lately, there’s a new twist to the Mediterranean home gaining traction in some parts of the country known as Mod-Mediterranean.

Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri says the majority of his clients are asking for Old World architecture with a blend of rustic and contemporary interiors. “People want something new and fresh. They have style fatigue but won’t let go Mediterranean altogether. They don’t want the overdone, heavy- handed, embellished take on Mediterranean. Instead, clients are asking for a toned down version with rich, rustic materials balanced with sleek, clean contemporary elements,” explains Jorge.

Modern-Mediterranean Exterior of home designed and built by Jorge Ulibarri

Modern-Mediterranean Exterior of home designed and built by Jorge Ulibarri

The challenge is to seamlessly integrate these two distinct styles. “There must be a balance between rustic and contemporary elements so that one style doesn’t overpower the other. The two styles should not compete but rather complement each other,” Jorge explains. “The style often is referred to as eclectic but it’s not an accurate depiction of the Mod-Mediterranean. Eclectic can be chaotic design and décor, a mishmash of many styles, while Mod-Mediterranean is a very calculated, strategic design with key focal points.” Jorge suggests using contemporary elements in the details and rustic elements in large surface areas.

Modern-Mediterranean Exterior of home designed and built by Jorge Ulibarri

Modern-Mediterranean Exterior of home designed and built by Jorge Ulibarri

Here are several key focal points for blending Old World and Modern Design elements in a Mod-Mediterranean Home.

Kitchen Cabinetry, Fixtures, and Hardware:

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Modern-Mediterranean kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Modern-Mediterranean kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

In the kitchen, infuse modern design elements with cabinetry, hardware and fixtures and integrate rustic materials in the flooring, beams and walls. Stainless steel appliances and stainless steel cabinet doors, flat panel cabinetry and indirect lighting give the room a contemporary edge. Rustic elements come in with travertine floors, wood kitchen beams, even a brick barrel tile ceiling provides an ideal canvas to showcase contemporary kitchen features.

Fireplaces Featuring Rustic and Modern Elements:

Modern-Mediterranean fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Modern-Mediterranean fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

A fireplace is a high profile opportunity to integrate modern and Old World design. Consider framing ledge stone and sleek wood panels around a stainless steel fireplace with glass rocks. The hearth niche can showcase a mix of glass mosaics and stone mosaics to merge two distinct styles.

Rustic Floors with Modern Medallions:

Modern-Mediterranean foyer designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Modern-Mediterranean foyer designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Stone floors such as chiseled-edge travertine add the rustic tone to a home but carry a lot of visual weight. Rustic floors can dominate and overshadow contemporary elements, so it’s important to compliment stone floors with strong accents in furniture, fixtures, cabinetry and contemporary bright colors. Modern floor medallions with shiny stone or glass can pull in the contemporary elements around the home.

Indirect Lighting Throughout:

Indirect LED lighted hallway in a Modern-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Indirect LED lighted hallway in a Modern-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Indirect lighting is a defining feature of the Mod-Mediterranean home. A great way to add indirect lighting is with drop-down soffits that not only house the indirect lighting but also add contemporary lines to any room.

Water and Fire Elements:

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Water and fire features such as a fountain pot or water torches around the pool mix primal elements with modern design and give the home that Mod-Mediterranean edge outdoors.

Floating Features:

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Floating vanities and bathtubs and hanging cabinetry in bathrooms accented with indirect lighting underneath give any room a modern flair. Counterbalance with glass, stone and metal mosaics mixed in as design accents and perhaps rustic beams for a blended look.

 

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Home Design with Wrought Iron

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In this episode of Trade Secrets by Jorge, Luxury Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri shares design ideas on the use of wrought iron doors and accents to customize your home. Learn money-saving tips on creating an old world custom look with strategic architectural touches using wrought iron. Jorge shows you various locations and uses for wrought iron including winery doors, window treatments and stairwells. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

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