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Mission-Mod Blog House Kitchen Design

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Kitchen Blends Old World Elements with Contemporary Style

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A rendering of the kitchen in the Mission-Mod blog house shows the contemporary styled upper cabinets with stainless steel frames and frosted glass to complement the stainless steel appliances. The metallic accents contrast with espresso colored slab cabinets. The kitchen is under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The design of the kitchen is complete in the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri in the gated country club community of Heathrow, Florida.

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The kitchen features an on-trend bi-level island that double tasks as a food prep area and casual dining bar. The bar is designed as an attached table with enough seating to replace the need for a breakfast nook. Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri is building The Mission-Mod Blog house in Heathrow, Florida.

The home is a blend of two styles: Spanish-Mission and Modern-Contemporary, hence “Mission-Mod.”

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The kitchen rendering in the Mission-Mod Blog House shows slab cabinets with streamlined hardware for minimalist style. The backsplash ties it all together with metallic and glass mosaics. The home is under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

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Metallic and glass mosaic tile going on the kitchen backsplash in the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

 

Balance is key to creating the seamless style and in the kitchen we are mixing modern materials such as sleek stainless steel and slab cabinets in espresso with rustic materials including travertine floors and granite countertops.

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The kitchen also features a built-in coffee brewer and a coffee nook above the microwave to accommodate the homeowners’ collection of espresso and artisan coffee makers. The kitchen island base also houses a built-in ice maker and a soft drink fridge. For more, subscribe to the video series that tracks the progress of the Mission-Mod Blog House on YouTube.

 

 

 

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

 

The Curb Appeal Power of the Tower

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Tower Entry of Villa DiLusso, a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Tower Entry of Villa DiLusso, a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Eye-catching curb appeal, the kind neighbors rave about and passerby’s stop and admire, comes from a key focal point on the home’s exterior. The tower entry is a stunning visual anchor that goes with a variety of architectural styles and lends itself to almost any lot configuration and floor plan layout.

Tower Entry on a home on Park Ave in Winter Park, Florida designed and built by  Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Tower Entry on a home on Park Ave in Winter Park, Florida designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

It adds movement and character to a home’s elevation and creates a memorable first impression by making a grand entrance. Imagine entering into a lobby with a 24-foot high ceiling embellished with beams, a majestic chandelier and a spiral staircase that winds along the wall resting at a marble floor medallion. Such a grand entrance sets the tone of the home before anyone steps into the main living spaces.

Ceiling view of tower entry on home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Ceiling view of tower entry on home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

In addition to its aesthetic value, the tower entrance is functional square footage when it accommodates the staircase. Without the staircase, the tower entry could be considered wasted, showy space adding a lot of square footage to the home with little function.

For Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri, the tower entrance is his signature trademark. Jorge says it’s the architectural ideal of form and function. “The tower entrance creates a dramatic lobby with high ceilings and provides the space for a spiral floating staircase so it optimizes square footage,” says Jorge. He adds this architectural feature to many styles including Mediterranean, Contemporary and variations in between.

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Tower Entry Front Facing on home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Tower Entry Front Facing on home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Tower Entrance Design Options:

There are two options with the placement of the tower entrance: the center or a corner of the home. The choice of where to place the tower entrance is a personal preference.

Center Tower Entrance:

Center Tower Entrance on home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Center Tower Entrance on home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

When the tower is situated in the center of the home’s elevation, the design is limited to an entrance on a 45-degree angle. The front door cannot face the street because the spiral staircase won’t have enough distance from its starting point to provide clearance for people to pass underneath into the main living space.

Corner Tower Entrance:

Corner Tower Entrance on home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Corner Tower Entrance on home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

The corner tower entrance is ideal because it is already situated on a 45-degree angle. This design allows the front door to face the street since it’s already an angle. A corner tower entrance provides enough space for the spiraling staircase to start either to the left or right of the front door, allowing enough clearance for people to pass through.

Center Tower Entrance on home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Center Tower Entrance on home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

For more design ideas and money-saving new construction tips, subscribe to the video series, Trade Secrets, available on YouTube.