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Mission-Mod Blog House Walls Go Up

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The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction.

This week the Mission-Mod Blog House began to take shape as the walls went up on the first floor of this 4,600 square foot custom home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. This is a good time to talk about the engineering of masonry block construction (also known as CMU). In certain parts of Florida, building code requires that the first floor of a home be constructed out of masonry block filled with reinforced concrete.

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Masonry block alone does not carry the weight of the home. It must be filled with rebar (steel rods) and concrete inside the cells of the block for the walls to support the structure of the home. The way masonry block behaves structurally is by lining up the cells and filling them with reinforced concrete every four feet and at every opening in the home to create a series of vertical concrete columns that will carry the structural load from above.

Masonry block walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.  THe masonry block (also known as CMU)  will be filled with reinforced concrete. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Masonry block walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. THe masonry block (also known as CMU) will be filled with reinforced concrete. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

At the top of the masonry block walls are lentil blocks installed that have U-shaped openings. These line up with the adjacent masonry block and will be filled with reinforced concrete to create a horizontal, continuous beam around the perimeter of the home. Next, work begins on framing the second floor of the home. Workers also will create a cast-in-place radius beam over the front door that will be filled with concrete to carry the weight of the tower entry.

Click the video below to watch a recap of the Mission-Mod Blog House construction process thus far:

Check back again next week as we document the structural frame work for the second floor.

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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3 Tips to Avoid Costly Mistakes in Your Lot Purchase

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Custom Home under construction by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri requiring a stem wall footer foundation. www.imyourbuilder.com

If you are in the market looking for a lot to build your custom home, here’s an important lesson in building a solid foundation. It can save you money and avoid costly surprises in the building process.  There are two types of foundations in Florida for the construction of a home: stem wall footers and monolithic.

The existing grade (surface) and slope of the property determines the type of foundation. In Florida, most lots are flat or semi-flat. Monolithic would be the proper choice. Sloped or uneven terrain requires stem wall footers.

Stem wall footer foundation under construction on lot for custom home with Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, www.imyourbuilder.com

The difference between the two? Stem wall footers are buried two or three feet below the house to avoid erosion and to anchor the house deeper into the ground into harder soils.

Stem wall footers are buried 2 to 3 feet below deep into the hard soils to solidly anchor a custom home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

In monolithic foundations, the footers are incorporated into the house slab and they don’t go as deep. Stem wall footers is the more expensive foundation of the two and takes longer to build because it’s a two-part process.

Here are three tips to avoid costly mistakes when selecting your lot:

Before purchasing the lot, consult your builder and have him walk the property.

Order a Topography Survey from your surveyor.

Call your county building department and get your finished floor elevation to determine the difference between the existing grade and the proposed finished floor elevation.

Together, these three key pieces of information will determine how much fill the lot requires to make it buildable (or in some instances how much fill needs to be removed).  Fill is an important price consideration when deciding on a lot because it can add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of the lot. Just another money-saving Trade Secret and for much more, subscribe to our Trade Secrets blog and the Trade Secrets video series on you tube.