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Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

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Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

This Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is a regional interpretation of popular modernist styles but with warmth and texture that counterbalance rectilinear lines and sleek elements. Unlike typical modernist styles with flat roof lines, Jorge created his version of Florida Modern architecture with subtle roof pitches that appear flat from the facade yet promote better drainage.

Roofline of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Roofline of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

“Florida’s humid climate sees a lot of rainfall and frequent hurricanes, so we considered those climate factors in our design of this 5,000-square-foot home. Flat roof lines in Florida tend to create structural problems because of rainwater water pooling on the surface,” explains Jorge.

Inverted L Entry Tower defines the curb appeal of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Inverted L Entry Tower defines the curb appeal of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Large windows and sliding glass walls fill the home with natural sunlight enhancing its modern style. “There is a delicate balance we strike in the design of large windows without too much glass that will overheat the home and negatively impact its energy efficiency,” says Jorge.

An inverted L entry tower clad in split-face white travertine anchors the rectilinear planes. “We didn’t want a very plain, very cold house so we added a lot of textures with wood, stone, glass and steel.”

Two-story family room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Two-story family room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

In the family room, the focal point is a fireplace that soars 22 feet framed with a tower of espresso wood panels and steel bands and a floating mantle crafted of white quartz.  Sleek wood beams throughout the home add warmth and character.

Modern style wine room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Modern style wine room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Next to the great room, the winery has double glass doors that offer a transparent view to the travertine split face wine wall and starburst light fixture with a wine tasting bar, cold storage area, and espresso wood floors.

Modern style kitchen in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Modern style kitchen in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The great room opens to the kitchen, filled with natural light from sliding glass doors. The double kitchen island serves as a prep area and a breakfast table that accommodates six people, crafted of modern white lacquer cabinets with quartzite tops. Espresso wood grain cabinetry with white quartz lines the perimeter of the kitchen.

View of the double-height kitchen island for food prep and eat in table in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

View of the double-height kitchen island for food prep and eat in table in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A custom-colored range by Big Chill in cobalt blue and framed by a silver glass tile backsplash adds a pop of color that coordinates with the blue accents in the adjoining family room.

This custom-colored range by Big Chill in cobalt blue adds a pop of color that coordinates with the color palette of the adjoining family room in this Florida Modern home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

This custom-colored range by Big Chill in cobalt blue adds a pop of color that coordinates with the color palette of the adjoining family room in this Florida Modern home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Marble floors ground sleek design elements including a trio of chrome globe pendant lights and stainless steel appliances.

Dining room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Dining room in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The dining room sits to the right of the foyer and opens to the family room crowned by a modern barrel ceiling framed in espresso wood featuring a chrome lightsaber LED light fixture. The travertine split-face stone feature wall acts as a unifying architectural element.

Master bedroom with a floating ceiling canopy over the bed and hanging light pendants in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Master bedroom with a floating ceiling canopy over the bed and hanging light pendants in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The master bedroom features an ethanol-burning fireplace, one of three in the home, and a dropped ceiling with espresso wood trim that acts as a canopy over the bed with two hanging light pendants used in lieu of nightstand lamps which is one of the latest looks in lighting.

View of the contemporary fireplace crafted of split-face travertine and powered by ethanol fuel in the master bedroom of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

View of the contemporary fireplace crafted of split-face travertine and powered by ethanol fuel in the master bedroom of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The master bathroom exudes a spa-like feel with a freestanding rectangular tub with a chrome waterfall faucet surrounded by Mexican river rock in gray tones.

The master bathroom showcases a rectangular freestanding tub framed by river rock in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The master bathroom showcases a rectangular freestanding tub framed by river rock in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The double entry shower with rain head fixtures features porcelain wood tile and pebble stone floors. Modern floating cabinetry and vanities are crafted in espresso wood with sleek, recessed hardware. Surface mounted rectangular sinks and the mirrors framed by pebble stone walls draw inspiration from luxury baths in boutique hotels.

The double entry shower with a porcelain wood tile wall and pebble rock floor sits behind the freestanding tub in the master bathroom of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The double entry shower with a porcelain wood tile wall and pebble rock floor sits behind the freestanding tub in the master bathroom of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Upstairs, a glass panel bridge that connects both wings of the home and overlooks the family room.

A glass panel staircase framed with chrome supports and wood railings with marble stairs in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A glass panel staircase framed with chrome supports and wood railings with marble stairs in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The right-wing upstairs features two bedrooms and the left wing comprises a bedroom and a media room.

A glass panel bridge overlooking the family room connects both upstairs wings of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A glass panel bridge overlooking the family room connects both upstairs wings of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Upstairs media room sits on the left wing of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Upstairs media room sits on the left wing of this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The home is powered by smart-home technology controlled by Alexa voice command that operates thermostats, the refrigerator, lights, the video doorbells, alarm system and audio-visual technology including a Sonos speaker system.

The master bedroom has sliding glass panel doors that open to the Outdoor living room with a fire table and ethanol burning fireplace in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The master bedroom has sliding glass panel doors that open to the Outdoor living room with a fire table and ethanol burning fireplace in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Designed for indoor-outdoor living, sliding glass doors connect the family room and the kitchen to the outdoor entertaining spaces including a living room with firepit and an outdoor kitchen with bar top and table.

The outdoor kitchen, designed for entertaining, opens to the kitchen through sliding glass doors in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The outdoor kitchen, designed for entertaining, opens to the kitchen through sliding glass doors in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A pergola with seating area and fire table overlooks the resort-style pool and spa in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A pergola with seating area and fire table overlooks the resort-style pool and spa in this Florida Modern Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

A pergola with the outdoor sitting area and fire pit overlook the geometric pool and spa, embellished with glass mosaic tiles. For more design ideas from Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, subscribe to his YouTube channel TradeSecrets by Jorge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decoding Your Kitchen Style

By | Custom Home Construction, Custom Home Design, Kitchen Design, Uncategorized

Today’s kitchen is both the focal point and social hub in updated and new homes. No longer walled off from view, the kitchen is open and inviting where cooking is communal and entertaining often gravitates around the island and dining spaces. Style is more important than ever with the kitchen front and center in the home; however, the aesthetic choices and layouts can be overwhelming. To help you decode your kitchen design, Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri offers the following style guide and tips for creating a kitchen that is functional, inviting and in sync with your home’s interior decor and architecture.

Florida-Modern Kitchens:

This Florida-Modern style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri mixes marble stone floors with quartzite double height kitchen island and white quartz counters on the perimeter. Espresso wood cabinets bring warmth while stainless steel globe fixtures bring a modern edge. White ledge stone frames the custom-colored blue range, drawing attention to the pop of color. for more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

This Florida-Modern style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri mixes marble stone floors with a quartzite double height kitchen island and white quartz counters on the perimeter. Espresso wood cabinets bring warmth while stainless steel globe fixtures bring a modern edge. For more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri often designs kitchens in a style he calls “Florida-Modern” that embraces and balances the sleek, clean lines and modern materials with warmer, natural materials and elements.  Natural stone floors and a mix of natural stone and engineered surfaces bring texture and a contemporary edge to the look. Lighting fixtures can either emphasize the modern look or counterbalance with more traditional designs. “I like to add reflectivity to the Florida-Modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and chrome fixtures and chrome-framed glass fronted upper cabinets mixed with natural wood cabinets. Gray and white color palettes provide an ideal foundation to create this look because it feels fresh, airy, open and current,” says Ulibarri.

In this Florida-Modern kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri, white ledge stone frames the custom-colored blue range, drawing attention to the pop of color. for more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

In this Florida-Modern kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri, white ledge stone frames the custom-colored blue range, drawing attention to the pop of color. for more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

“A lot of my clients want a less fussy, sleeker, easier look, to match their lifestyle,” says Ulibarri.

Transitional-Styled Kitchens:

Transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri mixes warm espresso wood and natural stone with quartz countertops and stainless steel. Rustic touches such as the beams are counterbalanced with glass mosaics and modern lighting fixtures. www.imyourbuilder.com

Transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri mixes warm espresso wood and natural stone with quartz countertops and stainless steel. Rustic touches such as the beams are counterbalanced with glass mosaics and modern lighting fixtures. www.imyourbuilder.com

There’s a lot of design buzz about transitional-styled kitchens. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri’s  interpretation of this hybrid style is the Modern-Mediterranean kitchen. Envision sleek cabinetry, single-color, solid-surface countertops, geometric hardware, a glass mosaic back splash, sculptural range hood and lighting fixtures and stainless-steel appliances for an industrial luxe vibe strategically set in a rustic palette of travertine stone floors, ceiling beams and travertine split-face stone on accent walls.

Glass mosaic backsplash and stainless steel range hood bring modern elements into the design while ceiling beams and travertine floors counterbalance with rustic elements in this kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

A glass mosaic backsplash and a stainless steel range hood bring modern elements into the design while ceiling beams and travertine floors counterbalance with rustic elements in this kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

In Florida, our unique take on the transitional kitchen honors our attachment to the traditional, timeless appeal of Mediterranean architecture and our desire for something modern and edgy.

This transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri is a lighter, airy interpretation with whitewashed brick accents, white and gray granite kitchen island top and white quartz perimeter counters counterbalanced with a rustic light fixture barrel travertine tile ceiling and breams. www.imyourbuilder.com

This transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri is a lighter, airy interpretation with whitewashed brick accents, a white and gray granite kitchen island top and white quartz perimeter counters counterbalanced with a rustic light fixture and barrel travertine tile ceiling and beams. www.imyourbuilder.com

Mediterranean architecture endures in Florida as a style perfectly in sync with its surroundings and history. But exterior curb appeal doesn’t have to dictate interior decor.

The appliance wall in this transitional style kitchen by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri showcases sleek stainless steel appliances accented with glass fronted and chrome framed upper cabinets for a modern edge. www.imyourbuilder.com

The appliance wall in this transitional style kitchen by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri showcases sleek stainless steel appliances accented with glass fronted and chrome framed upper cabinets for a modern edge. www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri says most of his clients prefer some variation of Mediterranean architecture, but their interior preferences often merge Old World and 21st century styles. “I have clients who want a home that looks from the outside like it has endured for generations. Yet on the inside. the style is sleek and modern-a look commonly  defined as contemporary”

A transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri that skews traditional with ornate cabinetry, travertine floors and wood beams. The white cabinets and stainless appliances temper the traditional elements. www.imyourbuilder.com

A transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri that skews traditional with ornate cabinetry, travertine floors and wood beams. The white cabinets and stainless appliances temper the traditional elements. www.imyourbuilder.com

Traditional-Styled Kitchens:

This traditional style kitchen pulls from Tuscan influences such as the copper rangehood framed by stone and kitchen island base cabinetry that mimics furniture with wood carvings and embellishments. www.imyourbuilder.com

This traditional style kitchen pulls from Tuscan influences such as the copper rangehood framed by stone and kitchen island base cabinetry that mimics furniture with wood carvings and embellishments. www.imyourbuilder.com

The traditional-styled kitchen with a nod to Tuscan influences, remains a perennial favorite look among Florida homeowners. “Many of my clients prefer a Tuscan-styled kitchen for its timeless appeal that feels like the home has been there for generations but with modem amenities,” says Jorge.

A traditional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri draws the eye to the copper range hood framed in stone. www.imyourbuilder.com

A traditional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri draws the eye to the copper range hood framed in stone. www.imyourbuilder.com

Rustic elements figure prominently in traditional kitchens with wrought iron light fixtures, travertine floors, stained cabinetry, corbels, mosaics, ornate detailing, beams and barrel tile ceilings.

A traditional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri showcases an undulating barrel and beam ceiling crafted of travertine tiles and wood beams. The wrought iron double door pantry is another focal point. www.imyourbuilder.com

A traditional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri showcases an undulating barrel and beam ceiling crafted of travertine tiles and wood beams. The wrought iron double door pantry is another focal point. www.imyourbuilder.com

“The look is warm and inviting, typically with a sun-kissed or earthy color palette of reds, oranges, browns and beiges.”

For more design ideas and inspiration give Jorge Ulibarri a call at 407-733-5500 to discuss your custom home and subscribe to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri’s video series, Trade Secrets 

 

 

Lake Nona Residence

By | Custom Home Construction, Custom Home Design, Kitchen Design, Uncategorized

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Villa Verona in Windermere

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Villa Verona, a 5,600 square foot custom home in Windermere, Florida by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona, a 5,600 square foot custom home in Windermere, Florida by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona in Bellaria, Windermere, Florida is a 5,600 square foot custom home by Orlando Builder Jorge Ulibarri. The home’s commanding curb appeal comes from its generous use of precast stone, stone tower and seamless modern windows.

Villa Verona, a 5,600 square foot custom home in Windermere, Florida by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona, a 5,600 square foot custom home in Windermere, Florida by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

The homeowner wanted a style that was elegant with grand spaces without losing the rustic charm and character of Ulibarri’s signature Mediterranean style. From the first meeting with Ulibarri, the homeowner decided the floor plan would center on a large open-to-above formal living room and formal dining room. It was important to the homeowner to have glass walls facing the pool and outdoor living space.

Villa Verona features an open floor plan with two-story grand main living spaces anchored by a quatrefoil ceiling treatment and 3 crystal chandeliers. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona features an open floor plan with two-story grand main living spaces anchored by a quatrefoil ceiling treatment and 3 crystal chandeliers. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Halfway through the construction process, Ulibarri suggested precast stone to embellish the main living spaces of the home. The builder added base, crown and columns of precast stone that enhanced and elevated the architectural detailing so that the main living spaces are reminiscent of grand estates.

Villa Verona features an open floor plan with two-story grand main living spaces. Notice the beam grid ceiling treatment over the formal dining room anchored by one of 3 crystal chandeliers. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona features an open floor plan with two-story grand main living spaces. Notice the beam grid ceiling treatment over the formal dining room anchored by one of 3 crystal chandeliers. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Three statement-making crystal chandeliers imported from Egypt soften the precast. To enhance the light diffusion, the homeowner added an 18-foot mirror over the fireplace. The detailed scrollwork on the railings required four months of hand fabrication are visible throughout the entire home.

Villa Verona's Tuscan-style kitchen with travertine stone and wood beam barrel ceiling and stone niche framing the precast stone range hood with an oversized bi-level kitchen island that serves as both a food prep area and breakfast bar. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona’s Tuscan-style kitchen with travertine stone and wood beam barrel ceiling and stone niche framing the precast stone range hood with an oversized bi-level kitchen island that serves as both a food prep area and breakfast bar. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

The kitchen Tuscan-style kitchen features a travertine stone and wood barrel ceiling and a grand stone niche that frames the precast stone range hood with travertine mosaic backsplash.

Villa Verona's Tuscan-style kitchen with travertine stone and wood beam barrel ceiling and stone niche framing the precast stone range hood with an oversized bi-level kitchen island that serves as both a food prep area and breakfast bar. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona’s Tuscan-style kitchen with travertine stone and wood beam barrel ceiling and stone niche framing the precast stone range hood with an oversized bi-level kitchen island that serves as both a food prep area and breakfast bar. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

A bi-level granite island with a farmhouse copper sink, hand-made in Mexico with decorative detailing, serves as the food prep area and breakfast bar.

Villa Verona's Tuscan-style kitchen with travertine stone and wood beam barrel ceiling and stone niche framing the precast stone range hood with an oversized bi-level kitchen island that serves as both a food prep area and breakfast bar. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona’s Tuscan-style kitchen with travertine stone and wood beam barrel ceiling and stone niche framing the precast stone range hood with an oversized bi-level kitchen island that serves as both a food prep area and breakfast bar. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Cabinetry is dual-toned mixing a dark glazed Maplewood with an off-white island base cabinetry for visual contrast. Travertine floors throughout the home with dark stained wood doors give the home timeless appeal.

Villa Verona's Tuscan-style kitchen with travertine stone and wood beam barrel ceiling and stone niche framing the precast stone range hood with an oversized bi-level kitchen island that serves as both a food prep area and breakfast bar. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona’s Tuscan-style kitchen with travertine stone and wood beam barrel ceiling and stone niche framing the precast stone range hood with an oversized bi-level kitchen island that serves as both a food prep area and breakfast bar. The home was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

The breakfast nook features a circular dome made of travertine stone and framed by precast tone anchored by a rustic chandelier.

3 stunning crystal chandeliers that the homeowner imported from Egypt are dramatic focal points tying together the large two-story main living spaces of Villa Verona, built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

In the formal living room, a quatrefoil tray ceiling over one of the chandeliers with LED indirect lighting embedded in the cove finished in a contrasting brown to trace the shape of the quatrefoil.

3 stunning crystal chandeliers that the homeowner imported from Egypt are dramatic focal points tying together the large two-story main living spaces of Villa Verona, built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

3 stunning crystal chandeliers that the homeowner imported from Egypt are dramatic focal points tying together the large two-story main living spaces of Villa Verona, built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

The tower windows were enlarged to keep the architectural consistency of large walls of glass throughout the home with no window panes.

Detailed scrollwork embellishes the railings visible throughout the home. The hand crafted intricate design took four months to create. Notice the niches built into the wall of the stairway. These niches required special engineering because they are built inside of the load bearing tower wall. Villa Verona was

Detailed scrollwork embellishes the railings visible throughout the home. The hand crafted intricate design took four months to create. Notice the niches built into the wall of the stairway. These niches required special engineering because they are built inside of the load bearing tower wall. Villa Verona was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

In the staircase, one of the challenges was the creation of niches with precast stone surround, LED indirect lighting and travertine stone. These niches were built into the tower wall as requested by the homeowner. Because the wall is load-bearing wall, additional engineering was required to create headers that support the weight above.

Dark-stained knotty pine doors enrich the home's interior decor and complement wood plank ceilings adding warmth to the living spaces in Villa Verona, built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Dark-stained knotty pine doors enrich the home’s interior decor and complement wood plank ceilings adding warmth to the living spaces in Villa Verona, built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

The homeowner added wood-stained doors throughout the home-made of stained knotty pine that with the chiseled travertine stone floors counterbalances rusticity with modern elements such as the large seamless glass windows and crystal chandeliers.

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The home features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, an office, formal living and dining room, breakfast nook, upstairs loft and family room.

In Villa Verona's master bath, a copper vessel sink with an open channel oil-rubbed bronze faucet brings metallic accents into the space to brighten up the stone. Villa Verona is built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

In Villa Verona’s master bath, a copper vessel sink with an open channel oil-rubbed bronze faucet brings metallic accents into the space to brighten up the stone. Villa Verona is built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

The home’s large lot spans one acre with ample backyard space for an oasis pool with a wall of water that flows from the pergola into the pool.

Villa Verona opens to a grand outdoor living space with an oasis-style pool by Ultimate Pool Design. Villa Verona was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona opens to a grand outdoor living space with an oasis-style pool by Ultimate Pool Design. Villa Verona was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

 

Villa Verona opens to a grand outdoor living space with an oasis-style pool by Ultimate Pool Design. Villa Verona was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona opens to a grand outdoor living space with an oasis-style pool by Ultimate Pool Design. Villa Verona was built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

 Ultimate Pool Design created the pebble-tech bottom pool with two stone waterfalls, one that cascades into the spa, the other into the pool. The pool’s travertine edge and concrete pavers enhance the generous use of stone.

Villa Verona, a 5,600 square foot custom home in Windermere, Florida by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

Villa Verona, a 5,600 square foot custom home in Windermere, Florida by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.ImYourBuilder.com

An oversized driveway of concrete pavers leads to the tower entry clad in stone as requested by the homeowner. The custom-wrought iron double door entry is framed in precast stone with complementing precast stone surrounds on the exterior windows, columns and balusters. The four-car garage features doors upgraded by the homeowner from Acque made of metal with wood foam trim. For more on the Jorge Ulibarri custom homes go to www.ImYourBuilder.com  All architectural photos were taken by Harvey Smith.

 

 

The Kitchen Island Curves and Wraps In 2013

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The Latest Trends in Kitchen Island Design Trade Lines for Curves and Mixed Materials for Monolithic.

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The latest kitchen design trend creating a buzz at the International Builders Show has to do with the shape and make of the kitchen island.

Kitchen Island Curves:

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Still a must-have in any modern kitchen, the island is softening its linear look with curves that allow for round-the-table seating instead of shoulder-to-shoulder.

Kitchen Island Surfaces Go Monolithic:

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Countertops that wrap around the island base are showing up in the latest kitchen designs. It’s an aesthetic known as Monolithic. You’ll be hearing that word a lot in 2013. Monolithic design is defined as a single material that seamlessly wraps around a surface, wall, cabinetry or any other feature.

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Some of the best examples are in the concrete surfaces of kitchen countertops, very on-trend this year. Concrete is a malleable material that can be sculpted and molded to create a seamless surface.

Kitchen Island Doubles Up:

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The kitchen island is doubling up in some homes to offer more multi-tasking capabilities, surface space and storage. Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri says the double island is a great solution to a common kitchen design challenge: keeping the kitchen open while preserving storage space. “In one of my homes, the shape of the kitchen is square. Rather than enclose the kitchen with walls to create more surface and storage space,  I added the double island  to maintained the openness while providing this added functionality.”

In this example picture above,  Jorge designed two islands each with seven linear feet of countertop space that sit four feet apart.  The inner island, located in the kitchen center, will be monolithic, made of wraparound Carrera marble with white cabinetry underneath. The island facing out towards the family room features the same white Carrera marble countertop but with an espresso wood cabinetry base to compliment the floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the family room.

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

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How to Add Glass Tiles for Today’s Shimmer Trend

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NKBA 2013 Design Contest Contestant "Mosaics Meet Their Match" , photo courtesy of NKBA

NKBA 2013 Design Contest Contestant “Mosaics Meet Their Match” , photo courtesy of NKBA

Surfaces with shimmer and sheen go perfect with today’s popular transitional style. 

Surfaces that shimmer are trending in home decor and that makes glass tile an ideal tool to add sparkle to any space. From kitchen backsplashes to bathtub surrounds, accent walls and pool perimeters, indoors and outdoors, glass tile is IN. The National Kitchen & Bath Association says the current look in the kitchen is all about surfaces with sheens that gleam alongside stainless steel appliances, capturing light and complimenting more traditional elements such as wood cabinetry. Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri uses a mixture of glass, stone and metallic tile mosaics in many of his homes.

“Travertine or stone mosaics work well in more rustic styles while the glass tile mosaics help fuse rustic and contemporary. It’s an affordable architectural detail when used in small, high profile areas,” says Jorge.

Glass Mosaic tiles frame a vanity built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Glass Mosaic tiles frame a vanity built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Glass tile is a timeless material adorning ancient temples, monuments and other great architectural works. Today’s modern twist on glass tile mixes it up in mosaic patterns with other materials such as stone, ceramic and metal.

Glass tiles come in many shapes, colors and sizes and are available in sheets of predesigned patterns. Prices vary from a low $5 per square foot  sheet to upwards of $15 to $30 per sheet. Although these mosaics may look like artisans painstakingly handcrafted each design, glass tile mosaic sheets are easy to install.  Here are some of the hottest looks for 2013.

Glass Stick Mosaics:

Glass tile backsplash in a Modern-Mediterranean Kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Glass tile backsplash in a Modern-Mediterranean Kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Rectangular tile or glass stick  mosaics are popular shapes and patterns in modern home design.

The  larger rectangular blocks known as subway tile are surfacing in many kitchens where the aim is to incorporate simpler, more modern elements.  Shiny glass tiles combined with  stainless steel and industrial materials work to create a transitional style that blends traditional and contemporary elements.

White Subway Tile in the kitchen of The New Southern Home, photo courtesy of NWC Construction

White Subway Tile in the kitchen of The New Southern Home, photo courtesy of NWC Construction

Glass Mixed with Stone or Metal Mosaics:

Glass mixed with stone or metallic tiles in a mosaic lends itself perfectly to that Mod-Mediterranean style that blends Old World with modern design.

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Metallic tile alone can add an industrial edge to a room as an accent wall or niche backdrop. These mixed mosaics merge shiny and natural materials to pull together stone floors with beams and contemporary fixtures. As an example, Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri is framing a wall-to-ceiling fireplace with a mixed mosaic design of stone, glass, and metallic.

Glass and stone tile fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Glass and stone tile fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Glass Tiles for Sparkling Pools:

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Many of today’s pools feature glass tiles on the sides and bottoms to capture light and liven up the color of water. A blue or emerald-green glass tile bottom can make pool water mimic the azure hues of the Caribbean ocean. Because the glass tiles are durable, tough, and resistant to mildew and stains, they are ideal for embellishing outdoor areas such as water features.

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Glass Tiles To Infuse 2013 Color of the Year:

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Emerald Green Glitter Glass SubwayTiles by Susan Jablon

The new hue for 2013 as anointed by Pantone, the global color authority,  is Emerald. This jewel-tone hue is surfacing as color pops in home décor and fashion. Consider incorporating emerald glass mosaics to sparkle up a space.  Pantone suggests infusing its Color of the Year in emerald painted accent walls and home accessories as well.

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Check back soon for more home design inspiration and new home construction tips. I’m headed to the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas next week. We will return with the latest products, sources and trends in home design and new construction. I can’t wait to share with you more about what I discover. Thanks for reading.

5 Tips to Pick the Perfect Stone Slab

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granite kitchen backsplash in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

granite kitchen backsplash in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Natural stone gives any room rich and timeless character but picking the perfect piece of stone for your kitchen countertops can be tricky business. Since it’s a natural material, no two lots or pallets of stone are alike. Each harvest from the quarry has its own unique characteristics and appearance. Selecting the ideal stone surface not only involves a good eye but a clear understanding of the material. Here are a few money-saving tips to help you pick the perfect stone slab for your home’s countertops and kitchen island.

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

 Pick the Slab Before Building the Kitchen Island and Counters:

A common mistake homeowners make is selecting a stone slab that doesn’t fit the kitchen counters and island.  Hakan Collu, Owner of International Tile and Stone, recommends that homeowners pick the stone slab first then design the countertops and island to fit the stone surfaces. “This is a big mistake that can cost money and detract from the look of the stone. Kitchen design should be collaboration between the designer/builder and the stone supplier to avoid waste and extra cost,” says Collu.  When the kitchen island is built too large for the stone selected, the homeowner has to buy an extra slab and ends up with an unattractive seam. Also, certain colors of stone are limited to certain sizes. To get the maximum use of the slab, pick it out first, then build the island to fit.

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Understand the Stone’s Durability and Limitations:

White Carrera marble is the popular choice these days for countertops; it’s also a stone that requires regular maintenance and care. “Homeowners need to understand the stone’s characteristics and limitations so there are realistic expectations about the stone’s durability.”   Marble is not as durable as granite; it stains, scratches and cuts.  Travertine, a type of limestone, is a softer stone and is more absorbent making it vulnerable to stains.

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Ask HOW the Stone is Priced:

Stone can be priced per square foot or by the piece.  It’s important to ask what is included in the price of the stone. Ask whether the countertop and island CAD design, the stone slab’s custom cut, and it’s installation are included in the price.

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Lay the Slab Down to See How Light Reflects:

Stone slabs typically are displayed standing upright. When looking at stone piece, lay it down to see how light reflects. This will give you an accurate representation of the way the stone will look lying flat as a countertop. It allows you to show the stonecutter the area of the stone you want highlighted in the custom cut. Also, this is a good way to inspect the stone for fissures that are harder to see when the stone slab is standing upright.

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Ask if the Stone Has a Sealer:

A quality sealer can extend the lifetime and durability of natural stone. The Marble Institute of America says that most granite countertops do not need to be sealed. Granite is stronger, more resistant to scratches and more durable than most stone surfaces. Most granite slabs are factory treated with a resin coating to fill in micro-fissures, indentations and other imperfections. Marble is a good candidate for a quality sealer because it is vulnerable to mild acids commonly found in the kitchen. If you do choose to seal the stone countertop, The Marble Institute of America recommends using a quality sealer that is resistant to water and oil and has a life expectancy of ten to fifteen years and

Look for Remnant Stone:

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

granite countertop in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Sometimes, great deals are available with remnant stone. This is stone that was leftover from a custom cut. By choosing stone scraps, you can find an exotic stone piece for a fraction of the cost. These stone scraps are ideal for small areas such as niches and half baths. For more money-saving tips and design ideas, subscribe to the video series, Trade Secrets, available on YouTube.

4 Home Design Trends Changing the Way We Live in 2013

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Modern-Mediterranean Exterior of home designed and built by Jorge Ulibarri

Modern-Mediterranean Exterior of home designed and built by Jorge Ulibarri

Clean Simple Curb Appeal is driving design trends for 2013, custom home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Although the housing market is slowly rebounding, Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri says the tough economy is driving several trends in the new home market: the elimination of formal living spaces; unified interior and exterior space; clean, simple design and pools for entertainment and exercise, going green for energy savings.

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As a result of more cost-conscious design and construction, Jorge says consumers are moving away from ornate styles preferring a more eclectic look that showcases simple lines and clean design. “Clients want exterior design that has interesting movement and lines but without all the twists, turns and unusual spaces that overdone design creates,” says Jorge. Inside, clients want sleek fixtures, furniture and finishes that don’t overpower the architecture and bones of the home. Jorge says a style very popular with his clients is Mod-Mediterranean, a blend of Old World and contemporary elements.

Elimination of Formal Living Spaces:

The kitchen and Grand room   seamlessly blend together replacing a formal living room in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

The kitchen and Grand room seamlessly blend together replacing a formal living room in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Clients want practical, functional space as opposed to the voluminous showy square footage of the past. As a result, the formal living room is disappearing from floorplans replaced by a grand family room. Jorge says some of his clients also are eliminating the formal dining room opting instead for a dining/breakfast nook area.

Unified Interior and Exterior Living Spaces:

NanaWall seamlessly blends and extends the indoors to the outdoors, photo courtesy of NanaWall

NanaWall seamlessly blends and extends the indoors to the outdoors, photo courtesy of NanaWall

Jorge says clients want every inch of their living space to count. They are asking for floorplans that seamlessly integrate the interior and exterior living space. Indoor-outdoor living spaces are designed so that it’s hard to detect the boundaries between the two.  “I’m talking about a new breed of outdoor living where the finishes, fixtures and décor match the interior. Designs of the past were not in sync with the interiors but completely distinct with defined themes.”

NanaWall seamlessly blends and extends the indoors to the outdoors, photo courtesy of NanaWall

NanaWall seamlessly blends and extends the indoors to the outdoors, photo courtesy of NanaWall

Swimming Pools for Exercise and Entertainment

OutDoor Pool Living by Ann Rue Interiors

OutDoor Pool Living by Ann Rue Interiors

For years, there were two popular choices for the pool: the Mediterranean theme defined by a quatrefoil design, water pots and pergolas or a lagoon-style pool with a kidney-shaped design, boulders and cascading waterfalls. Jorge says today’s pools are built for entertaining and exercise with clean lines and a stylishly sleek look.

Rectangle pool in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Rectangle pool in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

The pools are elongated so people can swim laps and have new social features such as swim up seating and water platforms for sunbathing. Some new pool designs flow into covered areas for shady relaxation.

Building Green is More About Energy Efficiency Than the Environment

When it comes to building green, consumers have changed their view and priorities. They are more concerned with energy efficiency rather than the environment. Jorge says green building remains a popular concept with clients in theory but in practice is often cost-prohibitive. “Clients are building with tighter budgets these days because they don’t want to invest all of their net worth into their home after experiencing the housing bust. A lot of green features cost extra upfront. Clients still want energy-efficient appliances, windows, and heating and air systems. These green features are affordable but other green features are considered upgrades in most budgets and not essential.”

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