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Mediterranean Home With an Italian Flair

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Every custom home that I design and build  is a reflection the owner. The home’s architectural style and details reference the personality and lifestyle of  the people who live in it.  One of my recent projects is for a couple who is deeply rooted in their Italian heritage. They wanted a home in sync architecturally with the main regional style, Mediterranean, but a home that also honored their Italian roots. Here’s a look at some of the interior details that tell the story of history, heritage and personal taste.

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This mural, made of painted travertine tiles,  depicts an Italian vineyard. The owner purchased it online and we installed it creating a trompe-l’œil as if looking out of the kitchen window at  the Italian countryside

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To create an old farmhouse Tuscan-style kitchen, we used a heavy patterned granite as the surface of this multi level island, built as both a dining and work space since the home does not have a formal dining room. The feeling of time-worn, sturdy, rich, heavy textures and materials extends to the pantry with a wrought-iron door accented with a precast band for the casing.

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In the master bedroom, I created a barrel ceiling with stained wood trim that adds elegant curves and breaks with the traditional barrel ceiling design. The faux painted ceiling is a nod to Renaissance structures and works well in a rectangular room. The eye goes upwards to the symmetrical design created with a 90-degree cross grid.

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The Curb Appeal Power of the Tower

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tower Entrance Design Options:

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

Center Tower Entrance:

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

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

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

Corner Tower Entrance:

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

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

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

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

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

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