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Mediterranean Home With an Italian Flair

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

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

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

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

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Barrel Ceilings That Raise Eyebrows

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Brick multibarrel ceiling in kitchen of a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Brick multibarrel ceiling in kitchen of a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

A Checklist to Determine if the Barrel Ceiling is the Right Choice

The latest in home design is all about raising sight lines with architectural details. Ceiling treatments that make you look up are the main ingredients of a well-designed home. This attention to the details above is evident in the popularity of the barrel ceiling. “As a custom builder, I get many requests to create a barrel ceiling in the kitchen or a home’s passageways. This type of ceiling treatment has many incarnations that offer homeowners options for materials and price points. The barrel ceiling requires certain bones in a home: truss support, ceiling height etc. Before going forward with this ceiling design option, here is a checklist to determine if the barrel ceiling will work well for your living space,” says Orlando Custom Builder, Jorge Ulibarri. 

Ceiling Height:

faux painted multibarrel ceiling in kitchen of a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

faux painted multibarrel ceiling in kitchen of a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

It’s important to take into account the height of your ceiling because the barrel ceiling will lower the height by 18 inches. Here’s why: the design requires a 12 inch drop to accommodate the radial barrel and 6 inch drop at the end of the barrel to accommodate the beam.

Ceiling Structural Support:

Brick veneer single barrel ceiling in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. This single barrel ceiling works well for hallways.

Brick veneer single barrel ceiling in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. This single barrel ceiling works well for hallways.

Not every home’s infrastructure is built to accommodate the design and weight loads of a barrel ceiling. If you want to retrofit or remodel a room to include a barrel ceiling, then you have to reinforce the existing trusses to accommodate the loads or weight of the barrel ceiling. This adds significantly to the cost of the barrel ceiling and should be factored into the budget.

Room Layout:

The barrels must align with the kitchen island and lighting fixtures. Pictured here is a brick multibarrel ceiling in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

The barrels must align with the kitchen island and lighting fixtures. Pictured here is a brick multibarrel ceiling in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

One of the biggest challenges with this type of ceiling that must determined in advance is the layout of your room. The kitchen is the number one choice to showcase a barrel ceiling. The challenge in the kitchen is to synchronize the layout with the design above. The lighting fixture above the kitchen island must be centered over the island and in the middle of the barrel. The barrels must sync up with the various other kitchen components in a way that makes sense visually and functionally.

Barrel Ceiling Materials:

Single faux painted barrel ceiling in the hallway of a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Single faux painted barrel ceiling in the hallway of a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

So you decided your home can accommodate the barrel ceiling. Now it’s time to pick the finishes. When it comes to choosing your design elements, you have several options: soffits, beams, crown molding, tongue and groove, faux finish, travertine tiles and brick veneers. You can chose to go with a single barrel or a multibarrel design. The multibarrel ceiling typically consists of three to four barrels separated by beams. If you are watching your budget, a faux-painted finish for the barrel ceiling is most affordable. If you opt for brick veneer or travertine, you have the choice of a staggered linear pattern that runs parallel to the beams or a herringbone pattern that crisscrosses or a combination of both. Another budgetary consideration: the herringbone pattern in a brick or travertine finish tends to be the more expensive of the two. Wood beams are essential elements of the barrel ceiling. You can go with the more affordable faux wood beams made of drywall or foam. Pricier options include beams made of real wood veneer. For a look at how to create faux wood beams, I invite you to view my Trade Secrets Video on Faux Wood beams as well.

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