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Mission-Mod Blog House

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Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Master the Learning Curve of Custom Construction by following Jorge Ulibarri’s Blog House

A step by step documentation of the construction of a 4,600 square foot “Mission-Mod” home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

 

The rendering shows the home to be built on a one-third acre lot in the gated country club community of Heathrow in The Reserve neighborhood. The lot is the last available in that neighborhood and sits at the end of a cul-de-sac with some unique site and design challenges.

The one third acre lot is the site of the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. The lot is located in the gated country club of Heathrow, in The Reserve neighborhood. It is the last available lot in The Reserve.

The one-third acre lot is the site of the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. The lot is located in the gated country club of Heathrow, in The Reserve neighborhood. It is the last available lot in The Reserve.

The lot is surrounded by walls on two sides, including the back so the home’s design must visually compensate by creating a beautiful pool and backyard resort oasis view.

Elevation of the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Master the learning curve of custom construction by following this step-by-step documentation of the home's construction. For information, go to www.Imyourbuilder.com

Elevation of the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Master the learning curve of custom construction by following this step-by-step documentation of the home’s construction. For information, go to www.Imyourbuilder.com

Jorge designed the home to meet the lifestyle needs of a family of four—Mom, Dad and two tween children. The architectural style is a unique blend of Spanish Mission and Modern Influences known as “Mission-Mod.” Distinguishing architectural features include arched windows with pre cast stone surrounds, gable roofs, a round tower entrance, red clay tile roof and white washed stucco.

Floor plan of the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Master the learning curve of custom construction by following this step-by-step documentation of the home's construction. For information, go to www.Imyourbuilder.com

Floor plan of the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Master the learning curve of custom construction by following this step-by-step documentation of the home’s construction. For information, go to www.Imyourbuilder.com

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

Floor plan of the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Master the learning curve of custom construction by following this step-by-step documentation of the home's construction. For information, go to www.Imyourbuilder.com

Floor plan of the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Master the learning curve of custom construction by following this step-by-step documentation of the home’s construction. For information, go to www.Imyourbuilder.com

 

Once the design was finalized, applications for permits were submitted. Let’s review the steps of the pre construction process:

1. Design of the home starts with the preliminary drawings or schematics that include floor plans and elevations. Once the client approves the schematics, the process advances to the construction documents phase. Preliminary drawings typically take four to six weeks to develop.

2.  Next is the construction documents phase. This is when we create a full set of construction plans from the schematics. Construction documents typically take six to eight weeks. During this phase, the client will work to secure a construction loan. The builder and the client start work on the home specifications that detail everything included in the home.

3.The builder and client will start reviewing the construction contract. Once the construction documents, the specs and the contract are done, all documents are submitted to the bank. The bank typically takes 30 days to review the documentation and close on the construction loan.

4.During the bank review process, the builder submits the drawings for the permits to the proper governing authorities in effort to have the permits approved and ready to go by the time the bank and client close on the construction loan.

5. Once permits are approved and the bank loan has closed, construction on the custom home begins.

6.The first phase of construction requires a survey of the lot to determine the finished floor elevation with respect to our existing grade and the location of the four corners of the envelope (the outer boundaries of the house). The finished floor is the height at which the house will be constructed with respect to the road and adjacent properties.

7. From the results of the survey, we are going to determine whether we have to remove or add fill and how much. You have to remove the first four to six inches of dirt to remove all the organic soils that will affect the foundation.

The lot for the Mission-Mod Blog House is prepped for construction by removing the first six inches of organic soil and the finished floor elevation is determined from a site survey. For more, go to www.ImyourBuilder.com

The lot for the Mission-Mod Blog House is prepped for construction by removing the first six inches of organic soil and the finished floor elevation is determined from a site survey. For more, go to www.ImyourBuilder.com

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Remodel of 1989 Home Into Tuscan Jewel

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Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri Transforms Outdated Home into Tuscan Jewel

The before and after picture of the facade of a 1989 home that Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled into a stunning custom Tuscan residence located in the gated community of Heathrow, Florida. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after picture of the facade of a 1989 home that Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled into a stunning custom Tuscan residence located in the gated community of Heathrow, Florida. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri discovered an architectural jewel in the gated community of Heathrow, Florida several years ago in need of a makeover and some TLC. “The home is located in a picturesque and highly desirable neighborhood of moss-covered oak trees and unique custom homes but this one was very outdated. It was stuck in a weird place between the worst of the 80s and 90s taste and style but the home had good bones and a lot of square footage all on a single floor with a rear entry garage. Those are rare features in today’s new homes where the garage is placed on the front of the home in order to squeeze the house on a lot and square footage is stacked in two stories instead on one. I think front facing garages detract from the home’s facade and so in my book, that’s a deal breaker when I look for a home to remodel,” says Ulibarri, who bought the home in 2007 began extensive renovations.
The before and after pictures of the remodel of a 1989 outdated home into a Tuscan custom residence by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after pictures of the remodel of a 1989 outdated home into a Tuscan custom residence by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Ulibarri took the home down to the studs and reframed the interior adding sleek architectural curves and arches. He removed all of the popcorn ceilings to create custom ceiling treatments in wood, stone and with beams. He resurfaced all fireplaces and replaced outdated carpet with travertine floors to transform this outdated home into a Mediterranean custom residence.
The before and after pictures of the remodel of a 1989 outdated home into a Tuscan custom residence by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Before and after pictures of the original living room and entrance in the 1989 house remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

In the entrance, Ulibarri created a step down and added a wrought iron custom front door and railing to divide the space between the entrance and dining room. He added a niche, arches and architectural curves and replace carpet with travertine floors and a floor medallion for a visual focal a point. On the dining room ceiling, Ulibarri added beams after removing the home’s original popcorn ceilings.
The before and after pictures of the remodel of a 1989 outdated home into a Tuscan custom residence by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after pictures of the remodel of a 1989 outdated home into a Tuscan custom residence by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

In the kitchen dining area, Ulibarri removed the outdated space-age looking recessed ceiling over the dining table and replace it with a circular stone niche that holds a wrought iron fixture. The original ceiling over the range had a soffit with flourescent light panels. Ulibarri removed that ceiling and created a warm wood beam to frame the space. He resurfaced the eat-in bar top with stone mosaics and the kitchen island with a contrasting granite countertop and added a sleek stainless steel rangehood.

The after picture of a kitchen remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com The original outdated kitchen was built in 1989. This new Tuscan kitchen features mosaic stonework, wood beams, rich wood cabinets and granite countertops with a modern sleek rangehood.

The after picture of a kitchen remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com The original outdated kitchen was built in 1989. This new Tuscan kitchen features mosaic stonework, wood beams, rich wood cabinets and granite countertops with a modern sleek rangehood.

Ulibarri added a wine cellar to the home by taking extra space from the guest bathroom located behind the cellar and reframing the space into a walk-in wine cellar in the formal living room.

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled a 1989 outdated home and created a wine cellar from wasted space in the bathroom located behind the cellar.   The wrought-iron door is custom made and imported by Ulibarri's team of metal artisans in Mexico and can be ordered through his website www.imyourbuilder.com

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled a 1989 outdated home and created a wine cellar from wasted space in the bathroom located behind the cellar. The wrought-iron door is custom-made and imported by Ulibarri’s team of metal artisans in Mexico and can be ordered through his website www.imyourbuilder.com

The formal living room made the most dramatic transformation with wood plank ceiling and grand wrought-iron chandelier and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Notice the how the architectural arches bring a touch of Old-World forms to the space. During the remodel, Ulibarri completely redid all of the home’s interior walls replacing outdated rectangular entrances with graceful arches and curves.  Ulibarri replace carpet throughout the home with travertine floors.

The updated Tuscan formal living room in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The updated Tuscan formal living room in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

In the master bath Ulibarri resurfaced the tub platform in stone mosaics and added faux finish to the walls. He reframed the window to create an arch and added a niche.

The before and after of the master bath in the remodel of a 1989 home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after of the master bath in the remodel of a 1989 home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

In the master bedroom, Ulibarri resurfaced the fireplace surround in stone accented with a wood beam, replaced an out-of-style ceiling fan with a wrought iron fixture, removed the popcorn ceiling and added crown moulding and replaced the carpet with travertine floors for a much warmer look with a rich blend of textures.

The before and after pictures of the master bedroom in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after pictures of the master bedroom in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The 3,800 square foot home wraps around a pool and outdoor living space. Ulibarri kept the original blue and white Spanish decorative tile on the pool edge and he resurfaced the pool deck with travertine pavers and added a pergola and blue fountain pots in place of the outdated diving board.

The before and after pictures of the outdated swimming pool transformed into a resort-style retreat in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after pictures of the outdated swimming pool transformed into a resort-style retreat in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The pool’s blue and white Spanish tile became the design theme for the Cobalt blue outdoor living room decor.

The new outdoor living space of a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri . The outdoor dining room and outdoor living room feature Cobalt blue decor from Frontgate. For more information,  go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The new outdoor living space of a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri . The outdoor dining room and outdoor living room feature Cobalt blue decor from Frontgate. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The new outdoor living space of a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri . The outdoor dining room and outdoor living room feature Cobalt blue decor from Frontgate. For more information,  go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The new outdoor living space of a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri . The outdoor dining room and outdoor living room feature Cobalt blue decor from Frontgate. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

In the top photo is the original exterior of the 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. The photo below shows the home’s new Tuscan facade. Ulibarri kept the original tile roof and added stone to the facade to give it a Tuscan flair and removed the outdated stucco bands

The before and after picture of the facade of a 1989 home that Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled into a stunning custom Tuscan residence located in the gated community of Heathrow, Florida. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after picture of the facade of a 1989 home that Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled into a stunning custom Tuscan residence located in the gated community of Heathrow, Florida. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

10 Design Ideas for Using Cast Stone To Customize Your Home

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Cast stone accents are an affordable design details that transform a simple home into one with character and architectural appeal. “Cast stone gives a home character by using it as architectural details on the exterior and interior for an upscale, elegant look—one with natural, time-worn appeal.,” says Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

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Cast stone also known as precast concrete mimics the look of limestone by mixing cement and sand that is poured into molds to create shapes and architectural pieces. Precast concrete gets its weathered look by adding baking soda in the mixing process to create its uneven surface and rich texture.   Although cast stone looks and feels heavy, it is much lighter than natural stone making it easier to install and opening up more design possibilities.

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Foam inserts in cast stone pieces keep the material lightweight and support its structure and shape. Cast stone comes in different colors but Ulibarri cautions that it’s hard to have a consistency in color and texture because each batch has variations. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri offers a few design ideas for using cast stone in your living space

Exterior Cast Stone Accent Ideas:

Window Sills & Surrounds:

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Columns:

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Front Door and Garage Door Frames:

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Fountain frames:

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Interior Cast Stone Accent Ideas:

Fireplace Mantles:

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Range Hoods:

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Baseboards:

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Crown Moulding:

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Niches:

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Wine Cellar Surrounds:

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For more design ideas to customize your home, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

 

5 Pool Price & Design Considerations

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Contemporary pool in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri  says a designer pool can fit almost any budget if you consider these 5 factors:

1.Depth of Water:

When designing for a pool, you need to consider the depth of the water.  Shallow water is transparent and deep water is much more opaque. This is an important consideration if you want to add a decorative element on the pool floor such as a mosaic medallion.

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This entire pool shaped as a violin has a depth shallow enough to see the beautiful mosaic tile work that creates the violin design. This pool was designed and built by Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping and won the 2014 COVERINGS INSTALLATION & DESIGN (CID) AWARD

2. Sight Lines:

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Contemporary pool in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Travertine pavers, glass tile mosaic accents, raised platforms for furniture and a built in swim-up table create the perfect balance between sport and entertainment use.

Sight lines are also critical so think about vantage points with your pool.  From where in the garden or in the house will you be able to see the pool? Will it be viewed from the same plane or from above?

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Space planning is key in pool design. Think about where you want to place your pool furniture such as lounge chairs and create gathering spots for sun bathing and socializing. This pool features a raised platform with an outdoor living room overlooking the pool. An area for lounge chair creates yet another social space for sun bathing.

This is where perspective, scale, color and complexity of design play a big role.  Any architecture near the pool should be considered as well, such as a pool house, raised decks or a changing cabana. Space planning also is important when designing a pool. Think about where you want to place your pool furniture. Know the size and space requirements of your pool furniture and make sure these spaces are part of the overall design.

 

3.Pool Materials:

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This Italian-inspired pool features Cobalt blue clay fountain pots and framed by a pergola for an affordable design feature that creates ambiance. The pool finish is quartz that produces a light-colored bottom in perfect sync with the pools Mediterranean style. Other cost savings features include stone look a like columns made of foam and travertine pavers.

Pools are also wonderful areas to combine materials but if price is a consideration, there are certain cost savings options to consider. For the pool bottom, a quartz finish is more affordable than a pebble bottom finish.The price difference for a pool pebble finish can be a $2000-$25000 upgrade on the average size pool. If you opt for a lagoon-style pool, then you will want to go with a pebble finish because it creates a darker bottom for the more obscure water look of a lagoon. Stone decorative elements and accents also add to the budget of a lagoon pool. Typically, a lagoon-style pool will have a rock waterfall or feature and stone accents around the pool edge.

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An elegant kidney-shaped pool with travertine pavers, decorative tile trim and Cobalt blue clay pot water fountains creates an affordable Tuscan flair in this pool by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

An Italian style pool can be a more affordable style.  The quartz finish complements Mediterranean features such as clay pots as pool fountains, travertine tile and a pergola.

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This contemporary pool showcases clean lines with glass tile mosaics around the pool perimeter. A spa overlooks the pool completely covered with the same glass tile mosaics for visual drama. The linear “sport & resort” pool is a popular style trending in pool design. The pool is featured in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Glass mosaic tiles with hint of gold glass or mother of pearl capture the light in a beautiful way and add a textural richness to a pool mosaic.

4. Pool Lighting:

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Pool lighting adds drama as a beautiful nightscape to your outdoor space. Ideally, your budget should include a pool lighting scheme for optimal outdoor enjoyment and ambiance. Notice how the pool lighting plays well with the landscape lighting to create a stunning light show. This linear pool is featured in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

5. Pool Water & Fire Features:

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The latest pool designs focus on fire features for drama and entertainment. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri built this fire pit as a social gathering spot to sip wine, grill s’mores and enjoy the pool’s stunning night-time view.

Fire features, whether they are fire pits, fire tables or full-blown fire places in a variety of fuels are very popular. Look for opportunities to create social spaces with chat tables or fire features as an alternative to sitting around a grill.

 

 

 

Two-Story Tower Curb Appeal in Single Story Home

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Villa Capozoli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a single story with 4,440 square feet of living space.

Villa Capozzoli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a single story with 4,440 square feet of living space.

Villa Capozzoli has the dramatic curb appeal of the tower entry but cleverly designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri as a single story home. The clients wanted to honor their Italian heritage with Tuscan architectural and interior touches in a floorplan that maximizes the home’s stunning lake view.  The home is located in the tree-lined gated community of Lake Forest known for its magnificent lake and lifestyle amenities.

Villa Capozolli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a single story with 4,440 square feet of living space.

Villa Capozzoli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a single story with 4,440 square feet of living space.

Villa Capozzoli embodies the clients’ lifestyles with telling features such a unique two-story master closet built as a craft room, a Tuscan countryside painted tile vignette over the range and the initial of their last name artfully crafted into the wrought iron and glass front entry double door, the winery door and window.

a spiral stairway leads to the second floor craft room over the master closet that becomes a beautiful look out tower on the exterior in Villa Capozolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A spiral stairway leads to the second floor craft room over the master closet that becomes a beautiful look out tower on the exterior in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

 

The client's last name initial personalizes many of the living spaces such this wine cellar door in Villa Capozolli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The client’s last name initial personalizes many of the living spaces such this wine cellar door in Villa Capozzoli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The kitchen’s barrel and beamed ceiling sets the tone of a Tuscan country home with a large double island that serves as a casual dining area in lieu of a breakfast nook.

A barrel ceiling with beams creates the ambiance of a Tuscan country-style kitchen  in Villa Capzolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A barrel ceiling with beams creates the ambiance of a Tuscan country-style kitchen in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The builder created contrast with two-toned cabinetry in dark and light. Old World features including the wrought iron double-door pantry and iron chandelier balance out the modern sleekness of stainless steel industrial grade appliances.

The kitchen's double island serves as a casual dining space in place of a breakfast nook in Villa Capozolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The kitchen’s double island serves as a casual dining space in place of a breakfast nook in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A precast stone range hood frames the 48” range tempered with stone and wood.

 

The circular foyer is crowned by arched windows to infuse plenty of natural light in the entryway anchored by a stunning chandelier. Upon entering, a step down into the great room reveals a spectacular view of the tree-lined lake and resort-style pool.

The tower entry leads to a circular foyer crowned by arched windows to infuse plenty of natural light in Villa Capzolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The tower entry leads to a circular foyer crowned by arched windows to infuse plenty of natural light in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The wine cellar draws character from its unique LED-lit old barrels mounted as storage.  A wine tasting bar top and storage underneath add to its functionality.  The wine cellar gets its aged patina from faux painted walls.

The wine cellar artfully stores bottles in mounted LED lit old barrels in Villa Capzolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The wine cellar artfully stores bottles in mounted LED lit old barrels in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The great room with its beamed vaulted ceiling draws focus to a stone fireplace and seamlessly integrates with the open kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling glass and wood pane doors open up the view to the pool and waterfront.

 

The great room with floor to ceiling windows framed by wood panes opens up the stunning view to the lake and resort-style pool in Villa Capozolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The great room with floor to ceiling windows framed by wood panes opens up the stunning view to the lake and resort-style pool in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A barrel ceiling crafted from travertine mosaics and lined by precast stone leads from the main living space into the owner’s suite.

 

A barrel ceiling crafted from travertine mosaics and framed by precast molding leads to the master suite in Villa Capzolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A barrel ceiling crafted from travertine mosaics and framed by precast molding leads to the master suite in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The owner’s suite showcases the home’s most unique ceiling treatment, a barrel ceiling with its silhouette artfully lined in stained trim in a crisscross pattern.

 

The owner's suite in Villa Capozolli showcases a barrel ceiling with its shilouette traced by  criss-crossing stained wood strips in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The owner’s suite in Villa Capozzoli showcases a barrel ceiling with its silhouette traced by criss-crossing stained wood strips in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Throughout the home, precast stone 8” baseboard and 16” crown molding on the ceiling add drama to give the home a sense of history, as if it was built centuries ago.  The master bathroom floor weaves together a color palette of reds, golds and browns in travertine stone.

 

The master bathroom draws  warmth from its sun-kissed color palette of travertine stone on the floors in Villa Capozolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The master bathroom draws warmth from its sun-kissed color palette of travertine stone on the floors in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The home’s 4,440 square feet of living space also includes an office, two guest rooms and a bonus room.

 

A floating stone vessel sink in the guest bath is framed in travertine mosaics in Villa Capozolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A floating stone vessel sink in the guest bath is framed in travertine mosaics in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The exterior of the home undulates with two towers, the main entry in the center and a square look-out tower off to the side that serves as the second story of the home’s master closet.  Pavers in a sienna color palette lead up the driveway to a fountain and dual facing garages, one to house two cars and another single car garage.

 

Villa Capozolli greets its visitors with the soothing sounds and serene beauty of a fountain at its entrance.

Villa Capozzoli greets its visitors with the soothing sounds and serene beauty of a fountain at its entrance. Notice the last name initial of the homeowner’s on the double door entry, a repeating motif throughout the home that personalizes the living spaces.

The home’s resort style pool and spa cast a beautiful glow at night with its fire pots and blue mosaics and pebble bottom. The pool’s quatro foil shape is authentic to the home’s Tuscan ambiance with its cascading water that spills over from the spa into the pool.

A resort-style pool and spa captures colors of the mediterranean with blue mosaics and fire pots that cast a blue glow on the pool's pebble bottom at Villa Capzolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A resort-style pool and spa captures colors of the mediterranean with blue mosaics and fire pots that cast a blue glow on the pool’s pebble bottom at Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

 

Tuscan Home Replaces Tear Down for Urban Curb Appeal

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Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Villa Bimalina, built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri,  is located in the historical and scenic city of Winter Park Florida on along its main street, Park Avenue, a brick-paved road under a canopy of 100-year-old oak trees.

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The original home on Park Avenue just blocks from the shopping district. It was torn down to make way for Villa Bimalina.

 

The original home on the site was built in the 1950s and situated on a narrow lot that measures 70 feet wide and 150 feet deep but the buildable area was only 55 feet wide and 100 feet deep. The challenge was put 4,600 square feet of living space plus an outdoor living area, kitchen and pool on this narrow footprint. After tearing down the original 3,200 square foot home just blocks from the city’s pedestrian friendly shopping district, work began. The project presented unique challenges due to the city’s stringent building codes aimed at preserving its heritage dating back to the 1880s. Winter Park is characterized by a grid of brick and tree-lined streets that wind around a chain of lakes. Some of the construction challenges to overcome were working around oak canopy on the property and the stringent city of Winter Park building codes that required specialty features such pervious pavers and larger than typical setbacks.

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Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The client for Villa Bimalina is from Canada and wanted a second home in Florida. He visited a few of Jorge’s homes under construction and decided that he wanted a Tuscan style two-story home with a tower entrance and Old World interiors. The home’s floor plan had to fit the 55-foot wide buildable area so the house is deeper than it is wide with a rear entry garage.

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rear entry garage of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

“We wanted to create a house with curb appeal authentic to the area’s architectural character and physical ambiance. For the exterior, we used a balanced combination of stucco and stone with precast accents. We built the tower, the home’s two chimneys and covered patio in stone and added precast accents. One distinguishing signature of a Jorge Ulibarri home is the custom-crafted wrought iron and glass front door. Double-banded precast stone dramatically frames this one.

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Tower entry of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The scene-stealer in the home is the groin vault ceiling in the formal living room. Craftsmen created the groin vault also known as a double barrel vault by intersecting at right angles two-barrel vaults. This stunning ceiling treatment requires a great deal of skill to carefully craft the geometric portions of the cross groins. It adds a Romanesque element to the home’s Old World interiors.

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Formal living room of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Generous use of precast stone on the baseboards, crown moulding and windowsills are evident in every room, giving the home a gravitas associated with timeless architecture. Wrought iron accents throughout including chandeliers and stairway railings reference the art of ancient metalworks. Glass and stone mosaics embellish even the smallest details such as the step risers.

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Upstairs of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

 

The home’s Tuscan farmhouse kitchen features a precast range hood framed by a stone niche with rustic distressed wood cabinetry in walnut and ivory and patterned granite countertops and kitchen island. A wrought iron pantry door complements the matching chandelier hanging from a barrel ceiling that undulates with wood beams.

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Kitchen of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

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Kitchen pantry of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Villa Bimalina’s main floor wraps around the pool and outdoor living room and kitchen. The kitchen opens up to the great room and both take advantage of abundant natural light from the sliding glass walls leading to the pool.

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Great room of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

 

The master bedroom creates warmth with wood plank floors framed by travertine tile. The beams and vaulted ceiling expand the sense of space and richly complement the stone niche framing the bed. The room is meant to feel as if you were sleeping in an ancient chamber.  The master bathroom makes heavy use of stone, this raw and dry material is counterbalanced with the glossy, reflective sheen of glass mosaic designs throughout.  Copper sink vessels and hardware give the space an aged patina.

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master suite of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

 

A winding travertine and wrought iron staircase leads to the second floor with a decorative niche framed in precast at the stairway landing for visual pause.

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Tower Entry of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The entry tower carves out a circular room on the second floor that serves as a living room overlooking the street. The second floor features three bedrooms and three bathrooms and a media room.

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master bath of Villa Bimalina on Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

 

 

 

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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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Squeeze 6,000 Square Feet Into a 4,000 Square Foot Home

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A 4,000 square foot home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri that has the spaces of a 6,000 square foot home

The sweet spot for today’s custom home hovers around 4,000 square feet but you can get the spaces of a larger home without the cost and waste.

In the last five years, the economic downturn has people right-sizing their homes. Gone are the trophy homes, replaced by smaller homes with smarter use of space. If you are thinking about building a new home, you can live large with less square footage. It’s all about the layout and use of your living space. In Central Florida, the sweet spot for custom home square footage tends to hover around 4,000 square feet. People want to feel like they are living in a spacious home without crossing over into McMansion territory.

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri just completed a 4,000 square-foot floor plan that combines a functional layout with very large spaces yet small square footage: in short, he squeezed a large home into a small footprint. This sounds counterintuitive, right? How can you have a home with large spaces yet small square footage?  Here’s the trick: by eliminating the formal spaces such as the formal living and dining rooms, Ulibarri was able to use that extra space for a grand foyer, great room and casual eating area. “This also gives the homeowner extra space for the kitchen to accommodate an oversized kitchen island that seats four to six people and takes the place of a breakfast nook,” says Ulibarri, who is building the home in Heathrow’s The Reserve neighborhood.

Floorplan of 4,000 square foot home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Floorplan of 4,000 square foot home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

“For years, homes typically had three eating areas: the breakfast nook, kitchen island, and formal dining room- all within 20 feet of each other, which seems excessive given that you can only eat in one place at a time. In a lot of homes, these spaces were seldom used, collecting dust and wasting valuable square footage,” explains Ulibarri.

It’s this consumer mindset about new home construction that is echoed in a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) which found that today’s homeowner would overwhelmingly choose a smaller home with high-quality products and amenities (63 percent) over a larger house with fewer amenities (37 percent). Clearly the focus is on quality over quantity. Here’s how you can do the same to squeeze more functional square footage out of your living space:

The Grand Room:

The grand room that flows seamlessly into the kitchen for a large open social space

The grand room that flows seamlessly into the kitchen for a large open social space

Turn the family room into a grand room. The 4,000 square foot home, designed by Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri, creates a grand room in place of a smaller family room. As we all know, older floorplans tend to compartmentalize living space, splitting each area up into a boxed-in room. In dated floorplans, the family room is tucked all the way to the back in a corner isolated from the social center of the house, the kitchen. Ulibarri brought the family living space into center of the home creating a grand room. “We made a centralized sitting area with a floor-to-ceiling fireplace that hosts the TV in a niche. The fireplace dresses up the space for a bit of formality,” says Ulibarri.

 

An Open Kitchen:

An open kitchen that accomodates an oversized island that doubles as an eating area.

An open kitchen that accommodates an oversized island that doubles as an eating area.

One telltale sign of an outdated home is a closed off kitchen. The latest custom homes have large open kitchens but you don’t need tons of square footage to get the effect. By opening up the kitchen to the grand room in one seamless space, the line of sight and flow of conversation remains uninterrupted creating a true social heart of the home. The square footage gained by eliminating formal spaces enabled Ulibarri to design a kitchen open to the grand room and everyday dining area.

The Daily Dining Room:

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With the formal dining room eliminated, the 4,000-square-foot floor plan can accommodate a main dining room where the breakfast nook typically resides. The main dining area opens to a view of the pool. “In the past, most houses had dining rooms facing the street. Now you can enjoy the view from your main dining room and seat up to 12 people. By getting rid of the breakfast nook, I put some of that square footage into the dining room to accommodate 12 people so it can serve as daily eating area and entertainment area,” says Ulibarri.

A Grand Entrance:

Tower Entrance for the WOW factor and a fabulous first impression

Tower Entrance for the WOW factor and a fabulous first impression

In modern home design, the entrance gets top priority to create a fabulous first impression at the front door. To make this grand entrance, Ulibarri added square footage to “wow” people with a soaring ceiling and line of sight that extends through the home.

The floor plan pictured here gives the homeowner all the spaces typical of a 6,000 square foot home. It has five bedrooms: a master bedroom and guest bedroom downstairs and three upstairs; and four bathrooms. In addition, the home has a bonus room upstairs. For more money-saving design and new home construction tips, subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss a single post.