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Kitchen and Bath Trends To Inspire Your New Home

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Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri Shares the Latest Looks in the Kitchen & Bath for 2017

Gray and White Transitional Kitchen in an Orlando Luxury Home, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Gray and White Transitional Kitchen in a Orlando Luxury Home, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

If you are thinking of building a new home or undertaking a kitchen or bath remodel, Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri wants to share the latest trend report from The National Kitchen & Bath Association for inspiration and an honest look at what is in and what’s out in kitchen and bath style. Here are the major takeaways:

Gray and White Transitional Kitchen in an Orlando Luxury Home, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Gray and White Transitional Kitchen in a Orlando Luxury Home, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Contemporary and Transitional-styled bathrooms and kitchens outrank Traditional design preferences as people opt for clean lines, sleek and simple over fussy details and embellishments.

Gray and white Transitional-styled kitchen with Zodiaq surfaces in London Sky and Corian Surfaces in Deep Mink

Gray and white Transitional-styled kitchen with Zodiaq surfaces in London Sky and Corian Surfaces in Deep Mink

Whites and grays continue to be the most popular color palettes in the kitchen and bathroom; however, blue with violet and purple undertones are gaining traction. Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year Greenery is inspiring cooler greens in home interiors with gray and yellow undertones or blue-green shades.

BlueStar oven and range hood in Pantone's 2017 Pantone Color of Year, Greenery

BlueStar oven and range hood in Pantone’s 2017 Pantone Color of Year, Greenery

 

Mid-Century Modern styled green kitchen with Corian countertops

Mid-Century Modern styled green kitchen with Corian countertops

In the kitchen, frameless cabinetry continues its forward march into the latest looks, in high gloss and matte finishes. White and gray painted cabinets continue to dominate kitchen color schemes and are joined by blue and black toned cabinets. High gloss finishes in cabinetry take it to the next level of sheen with new chrome-plated metallic finishes joining the mix of lacquer surfaces.

Poggenpohl chrome plated lacquers in 14 shades that draw inspiration from metallic paints in the automotive industry.

Poggenpohl chrome plated lacquers in 14 shades that draw inspiration from metallic paints in the automotive industry.

Black stainless steel is a popular look in kitchen appliances paired with matte black finishes and  quartz outranks granite as the surface of choice.  Microwave drawers replace stand alone units and induction cooktops and convection ovens are must-haves on the list for an updated kitchen.

Black stainless steel collection of appliances recently launched by Frigidaire Gallery, debuted at KBIS 2017

Black stainless steel collection of appliances recently launched by Frigidaire Gallery, debuted at KBIS 2017

In the bathroom, floating vanities and open shelving continue to be popular storage features while undermount bathroom sinks and trough sinks are replacing vessel sinks and pedestal sinks.

NKBA award-winning bathroom designed by Andrea Lupo features the popular floating vanity and under cabinet lighting.

NKBA award-winning bathroom designed by Andrea Lupo features the popular floating vanity and under cabinet lighting.

Hardware is all about mixing and matching to create your own personal style statement mixing metals and styles. Plumbing fixtures and lighting fixtures also mix it up with different metallics in combinations of chrome and brushed gold, brass and nickel etc.

Atlas Hardware's Tableau Collection mixes and matches metal finishes in different shapes and sizes for custom hardware configuration

Atlas Hardware’s Tableau Collection mixes and matches metal finishes in different shapes and sizes for custom hardware configuration

For an added dose of bling, some designers are using metallic grout with metallic tiles.

Armstrong Flooring's new Vivero Collection with Diamond 10 Technology pictured here in Antiquity that mimics vintage wood

Armstrong Flooring’s new Vivero Collection with Diamond 10 Technology pictured here in Antiquity that mimics vintage wood

In the bathroom, ceramic tile flooring remains the number one choice in looks that mimic wood and stone.  For more design ideas and inspiration, subscribe to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri’s video series, Trade Secrets.

Lake Nona Residence

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Jorge Ulibarri Custom Homes Introduces Its Latest Custom Residence on Beautiful Lake Hart in Lake Nona

 5,300 square foot custom home located on an envious waterfront lot on stunning Lake Hart in Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida. Designed and built by Orlando luxury home builder, Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

5,300 square foot custom home located on an envious waterfront lot on stunning Lake Hart in Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida. Designed and built by Orlando luxury home builder, Jorge Ulibarri.

This 5,300 square foot custom home is located on an envious waterfront lot on stunning Lake Hart in Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida. Designed and built by Orlando luxury home builder, Jorge Ulibarri, the home is framed by moss-draped oak trees in a storybook setting. The owner wanted to take advantage of the picturesque lake views by opening all of the main living spaces to the outdoors.  “I wanted the architecture to create a sense of arrival that feels as if one has traveled to the secluded beauty of a country manor or Tuscan estate. The home’s stone tower entry and precast accents, custom-made, wrought-iron, double door give it a sense of history and grounded character,” says Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction, a luxury home building company based in Heathrow, Florida. Through architectural photos, we invite you on a tour of this 4 bedroom, 4 bath home with a style that respects Florida’s regional architectural language and infuses the latest looks in home interiors.

The two-story grand room opens to the kitchen with a double-height fireplace and wood beams in a grid design anchored by two geometric chandeliers in this home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The two-story grand room opens to the kitchen with a double-height fireplace and wood beams in a grid design anchored by two geometric chandeliers in this home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The ceiling treatment in the grand room draws the eye up to the grid of beams and two geometric chandeliers, an open hallway bridges the two wings of the home upstairs overlooking the tower entry and grand room. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The ceiling treatment in the grand room draws the eye up to the grid of beams and two geometric chandeliers, an open hallway bridges the two wings of the home upstairs overlooking the tower entry and grand room. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The kitchen in this Lake Nona custom home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a transitional design with gray cabinets and white quartz countertops that stand in contrast with the kitchen island crafted of espresso wood and gray and white granite. The kitchen features a barrel ceiling of travertine stone and wood beams and an eat-in breakfast bar. www.imyourbuilder.com

The kitchen in this Lake Nona custom home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a transitional design with gray cabinets and white quartz countertops that stand in contrast with the kitchen island crafted of espresso wood and gray and white granite. The kitchen features a barrel ceiling of travertine stone and wood beams and an eat-in breakfast bar.

The kitchen's gray and white color palette makes it feel fresh and modern with stainless steel appliances, fittings and fixtures. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The kitchen’s gray and white color palette makes it feel fresh and modern with stainless steel appliances, fittings and fixtures.

A two-story tower foyer makes a grand entrance pouring in natural light from a crown of windows. The wrought iron staircase echoes the design of the custom made wrought iron and glass door in this home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

A two-story tower foyer makes a grand entrance pouring in natural light from a crown of windows. The wrought iron staircase echoes the design of the custom made wrought iron and glass door in this home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The masterbath features a free standing tub that fronts a double-entry shower with gray base cabinets and white and gray granite countertops in this custom home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The masterbath features a free standing tub that fronts a double-entry shower with gray base cabinets and white and gray granite countertops in this custom home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The formal dining room in this Lake Nona home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The formal dining room in this Lake Nona home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Barn doors painted white with stainless steel hardware open to the media room and the hallway with a barrel travertine tile ceiling. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Barn doors painted white with stainless steel hardware open to the media room and the hallway with a barrel travertine tile ceiling.

Heathrow Woods Country Club Residence

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Terra-Cotta Exterior & Tower Entry Gives Heathrow Woods Home Curb Appeal

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This 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is located in the country club community of Heathrow, just north of Orlando, Florida. Curb appeal comes from its two-story tower entry, a signature of Jorge Ulibarri custom homes. The home’s exterior color of terra-cotta purposely makes a statement differentiating itself from the ubiquitous beige home exteriors in the neighborhood.

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The front door features solid distressed wood for an Old World character with wrought iron embellished windows. Specialty glass windows with wrought iron detailing crown the tower and cast a beautiful light grid on the interior entryway.

The front door to the tower entry is crafted of solid distressed wood giving this 6,300 square foot home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri curb appeal and Old World character. Two wrought iron embellished windows and a window arch infuse the space with natural light. A mosaic stone floor medallion adds to the grand entry and centers below a massive wrought iron chandelier.  Photo Credit: Harvey Smith

The front door to the tower entry is crafted of solid distressed wood giving this 6,300 square foot home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri curb appeal and Old World character. Two wrought iron embellished windows and a window arch infuse the space with natural light. A mosaic stone floor medallion adds to the grand entry and centers below a massive wrought iron chandelier. Photo Credit: Harvey Smith

The home’s Tuscan-inspired kitchen draws its character from its ceiling treatment of undulating barrels, beams and travertine stone insets. A bi-level kitchen island double tasks as the breakfast bar and a work area with stainless appliances to make it modern and of the moment yet in character with rustic accents such as the copper farmhouse sink and decorative copper insets.

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Another standout feature is the coffee station featuring a built-in espresso machine and service niche underneath with a microwave combo oven below.

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The kitchen opens to a two-story great room with a soaring fireplace and an 8-foot high niche made of precast stone. A wrought iron balcony walkway connects the two wings overlooking the family room below.

The two-story great room in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri opens to the kitchen and draws the eye upwards to a soaring fireplace with an 8-foot high niche made of precast stone. A wrought iron balcony walkway connects the two wings and overlooks the family room below. The ceiling treatment showcases a grid of wood beams. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

The two-story great room in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri opens to the kitchen and draws the eye upwards to a soaring fireplace with an 8-foot high niche made of precast stone. A wrought iron balcony walkway connects the two wings and overlooks the family room below. The ceiling treatment showcases a grid of wood beams. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

The wine room in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is located beneath the floating staircase with a repurposed barrel serving as wine storage. The wrought iron door is custom made and imported from Mexico. The walk-in wine storage also has a cabinet and countertop for wine tasting.

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The formal dining room in this luxury custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a ceiling treatment with distressed beams in a crisscross grid with hand printed tile insets. Note the dark stained trim that contrasts with the white walls to give the home its Mediterranean flair.

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The owner’s suite features a barrel ceiling and master bath with a soaking tub that shares a wall with a shower on the other side built for two.

The master bath in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a barrel ceiling punctuated by an elegant wrought iron and crystal chandelier with a soaking tub that shares a wall with a shower on the other side built for two. The double entry shower features a wrought iron window overlooking the soaking tub. The master bath exudes Old World elegance with generous use of stone. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

The master bath in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a barrel ceiling punctuated by an elegant wrought iron and crystal chandelier with a soaking tub that shares a wall with a shower on the other side built for two. The double-entry shower features a wrought iron window overlooking the soaking tub. The master bath exudes Old World elegance with generous use of stone. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

Master suite closet with crystal chandelier in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features his and her side with separate entrance.

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The hallway in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a barrel ceiling embellished with travertine stone insets and lit by indirect LED lights.

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The barrel ceiling is echoed throughout the home adding curves to soften the home’s rusticity.

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The plaster walls in the office echo the home’s exterior terra-cotta color. Rich wood detailing includes the distressed double entry wood doors accented with wrought iron pulls, the wood plank ceiling treatment and custom built-in bookshelf. Click below to watch our video tour of this 6,300 square foot Mediterranean home in the latest episode of Trade Secrets by Jorge.

 

 

 

 

Mediterranean Custom Home Communes with Mother Nature

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Natural Materials Blend with Mother Nature in latest home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Villa Hernandez is a 6,300 square foot home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in the gated enclave of Acuera in Seminole County, Florida.  For more, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Villa Hernandez is a 6,300 square foot home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in the gated enclave of Acuera in Seminole County, Florida.

Nestled next to a nature preserve, Villa Hernandez embodies all the beauty of Mother Nature evidenced in its architecture, materials and scenic setting. The 6,300 square foot home is located in Acuera, a gated community in the North West corner of Seminole County.

The stone tower of Villa Hernandez adds elegant curb appeal in perfect sync with the home's natural surroundings. Precast stone frames the tower windows and the custom made wrought iron door. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri built the home for a client who wanted a Mediterranean style home with warmth and timeless appeal.  For more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The stone tower of Villa Hernandez adds elegant curb appeal in perfect sync with the home’s natural surroundings. Precast stone frames the tower windows and the custom-made wrought iron door. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri built the home for a client who wanted a Mediterranean style home with warmth and timeless appeal.

Stately wrought iron gates open to brick paved streets canopied by moss-draped trees and surrounded by a state nature preserve that the Wekiva River runs through.

The formal living room of Villa Hernandez makes a stately presence with its romantic balcony of intricate scrollwork overlooking travertine stone floors, an Old World iron chandelier set in a recessed grid of beams and a stone fireplace. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri for a client. for more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The formal living room of Villa Hernandez makes a stately presence with its romantic balcony of intricate scrollwork overlooking travertine stone floors, an Old World iron chandelier set in a recessed grid of beams and a stone fireplace. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri for a client.

The formal living room opens to a formal dining area and Tuscan-style kitchen. Also, downstairs is the  master bedroom and two guest suites. Upstairs leads to a theater room, exercise room and another guest suite.

VIlla Hernandez makes a grand entrance with its Stone Tower that opens to a winding staircase and two-story ceiling that soars. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed and built the home for a client who wanted a Mediterranean inspired custom residence. For more, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

VIlla Hernandez makes a grand entrance with its Stone Tower that opens to a winding staircase and two-story ceiling that soars. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed and built the home for a client who wanted a Mediterranean inspired custom residence.

The Tuscan-style kitchen plays with contrasting features including commercial-grade stainless steel refrigerator recessed in dark cabinetry that stands out against the cream-colored kitchen island.

The Tuscan inspired kitchen of Villa Hernandez plays on contrasts with a modern, stainless steel commercial grade refrigerator, dark cabinetry and a cream colored kitchen island.  A barrel ceiling of beams and travertine stone insets soften the rusticity of the space. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The Tuscan inspired kitchen of Villa Hernandez plays on contrasts with a modern, stainless steel commercial grade refrigerator, dark cabinetry and a cream-colored kitchen island. A barrel ceiling of beams and travertine stone insets softens the rusticity of the space. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The kitchen opens to the family room as different ceiling treatments deliniate the space.  Stacked stone frames the range and the fireplace as the material thread that seamlessly blends the two spaces. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The kitchen opens to the family room as different ceiling treatments delineate the space. Stacked stone frames the range and the fireplace as the material thread that seamlessly blends the two spaces. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A farmhouse copper sink with scrollwork compliments the wrought iron chandelier above and contrasts beautifully with the softer colors of the granite kitchen island counter. This Tuscan-inspired kitchen is in Villa Hernandez, a home built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.  For more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

A farmhouse copper sink with scrollwork compliments the wrought iron chandelier above and contrasts beautifully with the softer colors of the granite kitchen island counter. This Tuscan-inspired kitchen is in Villa Hernandez, a home built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The formal dining room opens to the kitchen. Precast stone frames the perimeter of the ceiling inset with wood planks. The French doors open to a resort-style pool and outdoor living area.

The formal dining room features precast stone trim that frames the wood plank ceiling.  Dark wood baseboards enrich the space and contrast with the lighter walls. The formal living room is in Villa Hernandez a home built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The formal dining room features precast stone trim that frames the wood plank ceiling. Dark wood baseboards enrich the space and contrast with the lighter walls. The formal living room is in Villa Hernandez a home built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The main hallway leads to a wine cellar conveniently located next to the kitchen with cold storage and custom-crafted room temperature storage racks. A travertine countertop provides a tasting bar with base cabinets for extra storage

The wine cellar in Villa Hernandez is located next to the kitchen with cold storage and custom-crafted room temperature storage racks and a travertine countertop that functions as a tasting bar. The custom-made wrought iron doors are crafted by hand in Mexico and imported by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.  For more, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The wine cellar in Villa Hernandez is located next to the kitchen with cold storage and custom-crafted room temperature storage racks and a travertine countertop that functions as a tasting bar. The custom-made wrought iron doors are crafted by hand in Mexico and imported by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The hallway downstairs features a travertine barrel ceiling that leads to the master suite and guest suite.

The main hallway downstairs features a barrel ceiling of travertine stone and leads to the master suite and guest suite in Villa Hernandez.  Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri built the home in Acuera, a gated enclave in Seminole County, Florida for a client.  For more, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The main hallway downstairs features a barrel ceiling of travertine stone and leads to the master suite and guest suite in Villa Hernandez. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri built the home in Acuera, a gated enclave in Seminole County, Florida for a client.

Intricate scrollwork on the staircase and balcony adds a romantic touch to the main living spaces.

Intricate scrollwork on the staircase frames the travertine stair treads embellished with stone mosaics in Villa Hernandez, a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Intricate scrollwork on the staircase frames the travertine stair treads embellished with stone mosaics in Villa Hernandez, a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The master bathroom in Villa Hernandez features a wood plank ceiling framed by dark trim and a stately iron chandelier.

The master bathroom in Villa Hernandez features a wood plank ceiling framed by dark trim and a stately iron chandelier.

The master suite has a corner pocket glass wall that opens up to the outdoor living room overlooking the nature preserve. A stone fireplace and barn-door TV niche set the scene for entertaining.

The outdoor living room of Villa Hernandez overlooks a nature preserve and sets the scene for entertaining al fresco with a stacked stone fireplace and barn-door TV niche. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri built the 6,300 square foot home in Acuera, a gated enclave in Seminole County Florida.  For more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The outdoor living room of Villa Hernandez overlooks a nature preserve and sets the scene for entertaining al fresco with a stacked stone fireplace and barn-door TV niche. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri built the 6,300 square foot home in Acuera, a gated enclave in Seminole County Florida.

 

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

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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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