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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Things to Think About When Wiring Your Home:

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Our lifestyles and daily habits continually evolve to accommodate the latest technology. In new construction, the challenge is to build a home that is wired for technology today and into the future. Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri suggests three things to think about in the design phase to ensure the home’s electrical wiring will meet the homeowner’s needs.

TV Location and Use:

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Think about the locations and uses of each TV. In the planning stage, the homeowner and builder should discuss where each TV will go and whether the TV will require additional components such as a cable box, DVD player or game console.

For example, will viewers watch the TV in high definition?  If so, the TV requires a cable box. Where will the additional equipment reside? In a closet, hidden from view? Or, in a piece of furniture underneath the TV?

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“Typically, most builders don’t include the additional cost of wiring a TV to its components. Determining these prices in the design phase will help the homeowner make informed decisions and stay within the budget,” says Ulibarri.

Phone Use and Location:

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Today’s landline telephones no longer require a phone jack at each location to function. Instead, the telephone base station hooks to a single phone jack running the phone line through the power line so all other telephones in the home hook to electrical outlets. Think about where the phone base station will reside. That space must be wired with a phone jack. No other phone jacks are needed in the home. Think about where the additional telephones will go, so that there are electrical outlets to plug into.

Consider a USB Electrical Outlet:

Leviton USB Charger

Leviton USB Charger

One of the latest developments in home automation is the electrical outlet with USB ports for charging technological tools such as tablets, cell phones and computers. Leviton recently introduced a 20 AMP USB Charger Receptacle. It’s a standard receptacle with two USB ports that incorporate a smart chip from Texas Instruments allowing the device to speak with the receptacle to understand what needs to be powered and optimize the power efficiency.

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The USB Charger Receptacle fits in a standard box and wires like any other receptacle. “This is an affordable way for homeowners to upgrade their electrical outlets to accommodate today’s technology,” explains Ulibarri. Leviton’s USB Charger Receptacle retails for $20.

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

Color Trends for 2013 Nix Neutrals For Statement Hues

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Midnight Mystery Palette in Roycroft Bottle Green (SW 2847) and Olde World Gold (SW 7700)

Midnight Mystery Palette in Roycroft Bottle Green (SW 2847) and Olde World Gold (SW 7700)

 Opposites Attract as Color Makes a Comeback in Home Decor for 2013

Color is making a huge comeback in home décor and design. Beige walls are out of fashion along with the idea of flipping homes for a quick buck. As more homeowners opt to stay put in their homes for the long haul, they are trading in neutrals for statement hues that bear their own unique décor signature.

Sherwin-Williams has pegged the Color Trends for 2013 and packaged them in four distinct palettes. Recently, while attending the International Builders’ Show in Vegas, I spoke with Sue Wadden, Color Consultant and Interior Designer for Sherwin-Williams.  “The 2013 Color forecast is called Opposites Attract. We featured four collections ranging from deep, dark, saturated masculine tones, all the way to bright, energetic, exciting colors with punches of gray, black and white as palette cleansers, “ explains Wadden.

Every year, Sherwin-Williams culls their color forecast from what’s trending in fashion, pop culture, consumerism and the arts. The reigning color for 2013 is Aloe, as anointed by Sherwin-Williams.

Aloe SW6464 Color of the Year 2013 as deemed by Sherwin-Williams

Aloe SW6464 Color of the Year 2013 as deemed by Sherwin-Williams

“This is no ordinary pastel – Aloe is funky and glamorous, demure and free-spirited. While Aloe’s vibe can verge on retro, when paired with caviar blacks, crisp whites or soft grays, suddenly Aloe has a new soul and attitude. And Aloe is highly adaptable, making it a perfect pick for everyday spaces such as a breezy sunroom or a well-dressed living room,” says Jackie Jordan, Sherwin–Williams director of color marketing.

Aloe SW6464 Color of the Year 2013 as deemed by Sherwin-Williams

Aloe SW6464 Color of the Year 2013 as deemed by Sherwin-Williams

Here is a breakdown of the Four Color Palettes in 2013’s Color Forecast:

Midnight Mystery:

Midnight Mystery Palette in Loyal Blue (SW 6510)

Midnight Mystery Palette in Loyal Blue (SW 6510)

This color palette features oxidized, metallic hues. “Midnight Mystery connotes a moodiness inspired by the futuristic Victorian vibe of steampunk design. It’s a turn of the century aesthetic, a mixture of Thomas Edison and visible mechanics,” explains Wadden. The palette has dark, earthy colors counterbalanced with green grays.

Honed Vitality:

Honed Vitality Palette in Spiced Cider (SW 7702)

Honed Vitality Palette in Spiced Cider (SW 7702)

These earthy, desert inspired colors kick up the neutral palette a few notches with pops of blue for sky and water. The palette draws inspiration from the layered hues of  mineral deposits, sea-buffed stones and the weathered shutters of a rustic farmhouse. “It’s very grounded to the earth and very useable for interior and exterior residential and commercial,” says Wadden.

Vintage Moxie:

Vintage Moxie Palette in  Radiant Lilac (SW 0074)

Vintage Moxie Palette in Radiant Lilac (SW 0074)

This collection of 60s inspired pastels has a retro glamour of pearls, florals and classic feminine silhouettes tempered by funky accents and attitude, according to Sherwin-Williams. Wadden calls them “pastels on speed.” She suggests using these colors as interior pops set off by a white canvas.

High Voltage:

High Voltage Palette in Electric Lime(SW 6921) and Extra White (SW 7006)

High Voltage Palette in Electric Lime(SW 6921) and Extra White (SW 7006)

These bright colors mirror the neon lights of Vegas and 80s fashions. The High Voltage collection has an electric feel and works well with palette cleansers such as black, white, gray and clear acrylics as primary backdrops. “The High Voltage collection is based on the technology of LED lighting and pop culture. They are brights tied to consumer merchandise,” explains Wadden.  She cites as an example, an all white room with electric lime green chairs.

So now that you know what’s trending in color for the home, how do you use such bold hues? I asked Wadden for a few tips.

Use a neutral as a primary wall color and accessorize with colors.

Honed Vitality Palette in Safari (SW 7697)

Honed Vitality Palette in Safari (SW 7697)

You can stay on trend by incorporating splashes of color without making the focus all about a trend color. “Paint the front door rustic red and the exterior charcoal. It’s very rich and on trend,” says Wadden. Think of pulling in color with tile, flooring, carpeting and fabrics from any of these four color palettes.

Take cues from colors you like.

Vintage Moxie Palette in Radiant Lilac (SW 0074)

Vintage Moxie Palette in Radiant Lilac (SW 0074)

“It doesn’t have to be a commitment to the color trend but the whole environment you create,” explains Wadden.  She suggests creating a room that is fashion forward in these colors or using unexpected colors on the ceiling. One example is a front door in plum and a purple couch. “I like the exterior of the home to be a signature of  the home’s interior,” says Wadden.

As a culture, we are becoming more color-conscious, as illustrated by the proliferation of chromotherapy home accessories from bathtubs and toilets to backlighting. I’ll be covering that topic in my next blog posting. Until then, be sure and subscribe so that you don’t miss a single posting on the latest in home design and décor.

The Electric Fireplace, A Hot Property in Home Design for 2013

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Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames
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One of the latest trends to light up a room is the electric fireplace. Recently, I attended the International Builders’ Show in Vegas where electric fireplaces were the hot property in home design. There are several reasons why:

Electric Fireplaces are Affordable:

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

A gas or wood burning fireplace can cost you approximately $3,000 to purchase and install plus the cost of the gas lines, which can run as much as $400.  An electric fireplace costs approximately $1,000.

Electric Fireplaces Can be Installed in Any Room:

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Because electric fireplaces don’t require ventilation, they can go in any room with a 120 Volt electrical outlet to plug into. The electric fireplace simply hangs from the wall so the possibilities are endless.

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Imagine an electric fireplace flickering nearby while soaking in your tub, reading fireside in your family room or enjoying an al fresco evening by the flickering light of your outdoor living room hearth.

Electric Fireplaces Go with Any Décor:

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Manufacturers are capitalizing on this trend in the hearth industry launching new electric fireplace product lines in many styles. These electric fireplaces have cool capabilities that traditional fireplaces just can’t pull off. Some have colored LED backlighting that can be programmed to rotate up to nine different colors or remain constant. The base of the firebox can feature stones or a glass rocks.

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

In order to appreciate the beauty of these affordable faux fireplaces, I put together a Vlog with some video clips so you can really appreciate how an electric fireplace can light up a room.

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:

Emerald Green Glitter Glass SubwayTiles by Susan Jablon

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.

Three Tips for A Tree-Filled Lot

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The Costs and Considerations When Constructing on a Tree-Filled Lot

Trees, especially mature ones, typically enhance the value and beauty of a lot for home construction. Many homebuyers want an idyllic setting for their dream home framed by a canopy of trees but this can add to the cost of the homebuilding process. A lack of trees is a telltale sign of cheap development. We all know it’s easier to clear the property of all trees than selectively keep trees in the process.

The extra cost for building on a tree-filled lot can be worth it as long as the homebuyer weighs all the costs and benefits associated with preserving the trees. Here’s a look at some issues to consider when purchasing a lot with trees.

Evaluate the Root System:

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Evaluate the root systems located close to the home’s foundation. Mature trees on smaller properties have deeply entrenched roots that can affect the foundation of a home. If the lot is being redeveloped and an existing structure is torn down to make way for a new home, the existing root structure may have to be removed thus killing existing trees. If the lot is being cleared for construction, it’s important to avoid placing the foundation on or near an existing root system that can grow into the pipes and the underground infrastructure over time.

Consider the Treetop Canopy:

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The logistics can be more complicated thereby adding to the overall cost of construction. Construction equipment also can damage the existing trees.

Consult with City & County About Drainage:

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Consult with City and County authorities about drainage requirements. Consider the relationship between the trees and drainage. A common oversight when attempting to keep the trees during construction is the failure to understand the relationship between the trees and the site’s drainage. The drainage design is one of the most important elements of home site development. It is critical to check drainage requirements and finished floor elevations for the lot with both city and county authorities. This must happen prior to making the decision of which trees to preserve.

City and county engineers create the master plan of a development. They determine how a piece of property must drain and the soil height requirement to build on. The level of the soil is known as the grade elevation. It plays a critical role in conserving the existing trees on a lot. Here’s why: If the city or county requires a higher soil grade elevation than what’s in existence, the builder must bring in fill or extra dirt. This extra soil can smother tree roots effectively killing them. If the city or county requires a lower soil grade elevation, then the builder must remove soil, which can expose tree roots killing them as well. Sometimes the city or county will require shallow rainwater retention ponds on site that can affect the tree root system on the property.

The smaller the lot, the more critical are the abovementioned factors in the construction process. For more money-saving new construction tips and design ideas, subscribe to the video series, Trade Secrets, available on YouTube.

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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

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

The Mod-Mediterranean Home: Tips for Modernizing Old World Architecture

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Ideas for Blending Old World and Modern Design

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

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

In warmer, sunny climates such as Florida and California, Mediterranean architecture remains a popular style. Mediterranean architecture has many incarnations influenced by Tuscan, Spanish and Old World styles, Lately, there’s a new twist to the Mediterranean home gaining traction in some parts of the country known as Mod-Mediterranean.

Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri says the majority of his clients are asking for Old World architecture with a blend of rustic and contemporary interiors. “People want something new and fresh. They have style fatigue but won’t let go Mediterranean altogether. They don’t want the overdone, heavy- handed, embellished take on Mediterranean. Instead, clients are asking for a toned down version with rich, rustic materials balanced with sleek, clean contemporary elements,” explains Jorge.

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

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

The challenge is to seamlessly integrate these two distinct styles. “There must be a balance between rustic and contemporary elements so that one style doesn’t overpower the other. The two styles should not compete but rather complement each other,” Jorge explains. “The style often is referred to as eclectic but it’s not an accurate depiction of the Mod-Mediterranean. Eclectic can be chaotic design and décor, a mishmash of many styles, while Mod-Mediterranean is a very calculated, strategic design with key focal points.” Jorge suggests using contemporary elements in the details and rustic elements in large surface areas.

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

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

Here are several key focal points for blending Old World and Modern Design elements in a Mod-Mediterranean Home.

Kitchen Cabinetry, Fixtures, and Hardware:

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Modern-Mediterranean kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Modern-Mediterranean kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

In the kitchen, infuse modern design elements with cabinetry, hardware and fixtures and integrate rustic materials in the flooring, beams and walls. Stainless steel appliances and stainless steel cabinet doors, flat panel cabinetry and indirect lighting give the room a contemporary edge. Rustic elements come in with travertine floors, wood kitchen beams, even a brick barrel tile ceiling provides an ideal canvas to showcase contemporary kitchen features.

Fireplaces Featuring Rustic and Modern Elements:

Modern-Mediterranean fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Modern-Mediterranean fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

A fireplace is a high profile opportunity to integrate modern and Old World design. Consider framing ledge stone and sleek wood panels around a stainless steel fireplace with glass rocks. The hearth niche can showcase a mix of glass mosaics and stone mosaics to merge two distinct styles.

Rustic Floors with Modern Medallions:

Modern-Mediterranean foyer designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Modern-Mediterranean foyer designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Stone floors such as chiseled-edge travertine add the rustic tone to a home but carry a lot of visual weight. Rustic floors can dominate and overshadow contemporary elements, so it’s important to compliment stone floors with strong accents in furniture, fixtures, cabinetry and contemporary bright colors. Modern floor medallions with shiny stone or glass can pull in the contemporary elements around the home.

Indirect Lighting Throughout:

Indirect LED lighted hallway in a Modern-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Indirect LED lighted hallway in a Modern-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Indirect lighting is a defining feature of the Mod-Mediterranean home. A great way to add indirect lighting is with drop-down soffits that not only house the indirect lighting but also add contemporary lines to any room.

Water and Fire Elements:

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Water and fire features such as a fountain pot or water torches around the pool mix primal elements with modern design and give the home that Mod-Mediterranean edge outdoors.

Floating Features:

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Floating vanities and bathtubs and hanging cabinetry in bathrooms accented with indirect lighting underneath give any room a modern flair. Counterbalance with glass, stone and metal mosaics mixed in as design accents and perhaps rustic beams for a blended look.

 

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Faux Wood Adds Affordable Architectural Details

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Time-worn wood architectural details enhance a home’s rustic charm or elegant old world-style but the real deal can be costly. What if you could get the same look at a fraction of the price? Faux wood products made of polymers have the same textures and finishes of real wood but without the maintenance issues and costs associated with real wood.

Faux Wood Corbels on the Tower Entry of Villa Toscana

Faux Wood Corbels on the Tower Entry of Villa Toscana

Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri uses these architectural elements to add character and elegance to his high-end homes. “Faux wood products are one of my money-saving trade secrets. I use them on the exterior and interiors of all of my homes and my clients love the look and the price,” says Jorge.

Faux Wood Shutters and Beam Header on the Exterior of Villa Toscana

Consider the cost savings. Here is what Jorge recently paid for these products: A faux wood corbel costs $25 each, shutters $180 a pair, and a beam header just $20 each.

Faux Wood Corbels on the exterior of Villa Toscana

There are only a few companies that have mastered the science and craftsmanship of faux wood architectural products. Ackue Inc.,based in Sanford, Florida is a leading manufacturer. Ackue Inc.’s award-winning products can make a home look like a million bucks without the seven-figure price tag. Owner George Acha says his products are maintenance free, handcrafted and coated with UV protection.  Custom-made faux wood garage doors are one of his most popular products with orders worldwide. “We try to be as authentic as possible and fabricate unique products where no two are alike, “ says George.

Faux Wood Beam Header on Exterior of Villa Toscana

Faux wood products can enhance the interior or exterior of any home.  Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri uses the corbels in the tower entry of each home. Jorge designs the exterior of his homes to showcase faux wood shutters, beam headers, and additional corbels.  Faux wood products are another affordable design idea to add luxury to your living space. To learn how these Faux Wood Products are installed and where you can add them to your home, watch the latest episode of Trade Secrets by Jorge. Available on Friday May 11th on YouTube and here on the blog.