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Contemporary Pool Design Ideas

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Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri Shares Ideas for Contemporary Pool Design

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Heathrow

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Heathrow

For years, lagoon-style and mediterranean-style pools dominated outdoor styles in luxury homes but lately, mainstream taste is leaning towards more modern, sleek designs to coordinate with contemporary architecture.

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Lake Mary, Florida.

Contemporary pool designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he designed and built in Lake Mary, Florida.

These rectilinear resort-style pools bring a sophisticated, chic ambiance to outdoor living spaces captivating attention with understated water features, LED lighting and vanishing edge spas. In contemporary pool designs, curves are replaced with a combination of squares, rectangles and straight edges.

Rendering of Contemporary Pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Rendering of Contemporary Pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri  recently designed a contemporary luxury pool for a new custom home under construction in a gated enclave of estate homes on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary.

Rendering of Contemporary custom home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Rendering of Contemporary custom home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

“The design challenge with contemporary luxury pools is to give the layout movement and depth without the use of curves, a more traditional feature.  I designed the pool in a configuration of squares and rectangles tieing the shapes together for a balanced, beautiful and functional layout,” explains Ulibarri, who notes most lagoon- style pools rely on curves for flow and function.

Rendering of Contemporary pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Rendering of Contemporary pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Jorge designated different zones of the pool including a play area for kids, an entertaining area for adults and shallow water ledge for sunbathing. The kids play area is located in the center of the pool, spans 16 x 24 feet and is deep enough for children to jump in, splash around and swim. The sunbathing deck is submerged in shallow water on a ledge with pool lounge chairs. The pool’s focal point is a modern-style pergola with a rain curtain centered on the back of the pool and visible from the foyer of the home through the great room. The spa entertainment area has a vanishing edge.

“Choosing the right finishes is key to pulling off an urban look.  Light-colored stone pool tiles, typical of lagoon and Old World style pools, don’t  work with contemporary looks. I spent a lot of time searching for dark designer pool tiles and discovered the perfect option—a natural stone in black travertine for the pool coping and tied together with a 6 x 6 porcelain black graphite tile for the pool water line,” explains Ulibarri, who designed the Lake Mary custom home with a rectilinear facade accented with stacked ledgestone accents.  

Finishes and materials that will be the design elements in a Contemporary luxury pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

Finishes and materials that will be the design elements in a Contemporary luxury pool under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in a custom home he is building on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary, Florida

“I created contrast with light gray and black and glass mosaic tiles for a reflective element to define the shape of the pool emphasizing its silhouette,” adds Ulibarri. The pool deck is made of concrete pavers in glacier field to give the appearance of split granite, creating contrast around the pool.  A border of black stone around the pool deck and the pool creates a dramatic outline. The pool integrates glass mosaic tiles in dark blue, light blue and platinum color on the spa and the pergola raised deck. The interior of the pool has pebble stones in a light gray to create more contrast between the dark border and the interior of the pool.  For more design ideas for Orlando Custom Homes, check out Jorge’s video series, Trade Secrets for insider tips and useful information about luxury home construction.

Mission-Modern Orlando Custom Home

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Tour this Mission-Modern Home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

A custom home that is both timeless yet stylistically relevant requires a balance between enduring architecture and the latest home interior looks. One of the latest custom homes by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is a fusion of Spanish-Mission and Contemporary architectural elements to create a unique Florida style known as Mission-Mod. 

The Tower Entry of Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The Tower Entry of Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

Villa Sirena is  a 4,600 square foot home  located in Heathrow Country Club, a gated community just north of downtown Orlando that sits on a private cul-de-sac. Interior design was done by Decorator Karen LeBlanc.

First floor main living spaces of Villa Sirena open up to the resort-style outdoor pool bringing in a lot of natural light. This Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

First floor main living spaces of Villa Sirena open up to the resort-style outdoor pool bringing in a lot of natural light. This Orlando Custom Home is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

Distinguishing architectural features include arched windows with pre cast stone surrounds, gable roofs, a round tower entrance, red clay tile roof and white washed stucco and the tower entrance, a signature feature in many of Jorge Ulibarri’s custom homes. Upon entering through the two-story foyer tower, the view extends through the home out to the resort-style pool and outdoor living spaces, infusing natural light throughout the main floor. 

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The kitchen blends rustic and contemporary design elements including the travertine-tiled barrel ceilings with sleek beams. Painted white brick accents including the range reference the Spanish-Mission style contrasted with modern tile that has metal inserts on the backsplash.  Flat panel espresso wood cabinets mix with and a creamy white kitchen island base. 

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The Kitchen in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The home has five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a media room, an office, and a grand room.  The home’s open floor plan combines the great room, kitchen and dining room into an expansive living and entertaining space. The house does not have a breakfast nook instead a double island serves as the casual dining area to accommodate six people. There is a formal dining room and a great room replaces the formal living room. A three-car garage is in the back of the home so as not to distract from curb appeal.

The great room opens to the kitchen in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The great room opens to the kitchen in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

“We’ve eliminated most of the formal areas and we’ve enlarged all of the functional areas,” says Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, acknowledging the latest living space trends call for less formal spaces and more casual, multipurpose rooms. 

The only formal living space is the dining room in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The only formal living space is the dining room in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The family room’s interior decor creates a zen-like ambiance in a color palette of blues, whites and grays with white leather couches, pops indigo blue throw pillows and doses of texture with faux fur pillows and the shag run.

The family room or great room in Villa Sirena, an Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

The family room or great room in Villa Sirena, a Orlando Custom Home that is a blend of Spanish Mission Architecture and Contemporary design elements by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri of Cornerstone Custom Construction

Texture, gray, white and blue color pallette and concrete, glass and metallics interplay to give the space a contemporary vibe that is serene and warm. Decor by Karen LeBlanc in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Texture, gray, white and blue color palette and concrete, glass and metallics interplay to give the space a contemporary vibe that is serene and warm. Decor by Karen LeBlanc in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

“The prevailing tastes in new homes are changing to more modern, contemporary styles, although I still have many clients who prefer more of a traditional house with rustic finishes.  This house sits right in the middle of the two styles with both modern finishes and rustic finishes. It’s more of a Florida contemporary home. You don’t have that extreme contemporary look with floor-to-ceiling walls of glass and  flat roofs typically associated with West Coast contemporary architectural styles. Our Florida version is more friendly with the type of hot and humid climate endemic to this region,” explains Ulibarri.

Wine cellar in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Wine cellar in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

For the wine cellar Ulibarri designed a display wall of white Carrera marble trimmed in espresso wood to showcase modern wine bottle holders . The white brick feature wall that fronts the wine tasting bar and a rustic chandelier with the Edison bulbs gives the space a patina. 

The master bathroom exudes the natural warmth of wood with tile that mimics woodgrain and with natural wood ceilings and transitional styled cabinets and white quartz countertops tops. All of the plumbing fixtures are modern, streamlined geometric shapes.

Master Bathroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri mixes wood-looking tile with natural wood ceilings, white quartz counters and espresso wood cabinets for a warm contemporary look.

Master Bathroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri mixes wood-looking tile with natural wood ceilings, white quartz counters and espresso wood cabinets for a warm contemporary look.

Master bedroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Master bedroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Office in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Office in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Piano room in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Piano room in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Boy's bedroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Boy’s bedroom in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Second floor media room in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

Second floor media room in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Decor by Karen LeBlanc

The home has three main outdoor living spaces—the outdoor kitchen, the outdoor dining room and the outdoor living room, all wrapping around this beautiful resort style pool.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The rain curtain water feature creates an oasis, spa-like experience ambiance enhancing the whole resort experience outside.  The pool’s sundeck in shallow water hosts two ledge loungers, sculptural blue contoured chaises for sunbathing or relaxing.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Resort-style outdoor living spaces in Villa Sirena, a home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

For more ideas and information on Orlando Custom Homes by Jorge Ulibarri, contact him at 407-733-5500 or email: [email protected]

 

 

 

Mission-Mod Blog House Walls Go Up

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The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction.

This week the Mission-Mod Blog House began to take shape as the walls went up on the first floor of this 4,600 square foot custom home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. This is a good time to talk about the engineering of masonry block construction (also known as CMU). In certain parts of Florida, building code requires that the first floor of a home be constructed out of masonry block filled with reinforced concrete.

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Masonry block alone does not carry the weight of the home. It must be filled with rebar (steel rods) and concrete inside the cells of the block for the walls to support the structure of the home. The way masonry block behaves structurally is by lining up the cells and filling them with reinforced concrete every four feet and at every opening in the home to create a series of vertical concrete columns that will carry the structural load from above.

Masonry block walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.  THe masonry block (also known as CMU)  will be filled with reinforced concrete. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Masonry block walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. THe masonry block (also known as CMU) will be filled with reinforced concrete. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

At the top of the masonry block walls are lentil blocks installed that have U-shaped openings. These line up with the adjacent masonry block and will be filled with reinforced concrete to create a horizontal, continuous beam around the perimeter of the home. Next, work begins on framing the second floor of the home. Workers also will create a cast-in-place radius beam over the front door that will be filled with concrete to carry the weight of the tower entry.

Click the video below to watch a recap of the Mission-Mod Blog House construction process thus far:

Check back again next week as we document the structural frame work for the second floor.

Mission-Mod Blog Home Concrete Foundation Pour

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Concrete foundation pour at the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Follow the step-by-step process as we document the construction of this 4,600 square foot custom home located in Heathrow, Florida.

Concrete foundation pour at the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Follow the step-by-step process as we document the construction of this 4,600 square foot custom home located in Heathrow, Florida.

Foundation work is complete on the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.  The dirt floor underwent a termite treatment and was covered in plastic to prep for the concrete foundation pour.

The dirt foundation is prepped with a termite treatment and covered in plastic in advance of the concrete foundation pour at the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Follow the step-by-step process as we document the construction of this 4,600 square foot custom home located in Heathrow, Florida. for more, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The dirt foundation is prepped with a termite treatment and covered in plastic in advance of the concrete foundation pour at the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Follow the step-by-step process as we document the construction of this 4,600 square foot custom home located in Heathrow, Florida. for more, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The 4,600 square foot home’s foundation sits four inches above the finished floor elevation. Notice that the tower entry sits even higher at 14 inches above the finished floor elevation to accommodate steps leading to the front door for a grand entrance.

 

 

Before the concrete pour, you can see around the perimeter of the home’s foundation, deep trenches with reinforced steel rods. These trenches are called footers and they are 20 inches deep and will be filled with concrete to anchor the load bearing walls of the home.

Because the home has an open floor plan, the footers are a few inches deeper than in a typical home foundation. Since there are fewer load bearing walls in the home, the footers have to be super stable to support few walls that will carry the structural load.

The concrete foundation pour at the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. The foundation required 11 trucks of concrete. Follow the step-by-step process as we document the construction of this 4,600 square foot custom home located in Heathrow, Florida. for more, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The concrete foundation pour at the Mission-Mod Blog House under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. The foundation required 11 trucks of concrete. Follow the step-by-step process as we document the construction of this 4,600 square foot custom home located in Heathrow, Florida. for more, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Next, the concrete block walls go up, so stay tuned as we offer tips on the masonry phase of construction. For more, go to www.ImYourBuilder.com

 

 

 

Mediterranean Custom Home Communes with Mother Nature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ceiling Design Ideas for Custom Homes

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Custom home in Windermere under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more details, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Custom home in Windermere under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more details, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Final touches on the ceiling details of this custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri reveal the potential of what’s often nicknamed the “sixth” surface of design.  Here are a few ideas to create  eye-catching moments with ceiling designs that delineate living space and add authentic character.

 Beam Grid:

A beam grid in the living room ceiling provides a geometric canvas to anchor this contemporary chandelier in a Windermere custom home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more ideas go to www.imyourbuilder.com

A beam grid in the living room ceiling provides a geometric canvas to anchor this contemporary chandelier in a Windermere custom home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

 Curved stone dome:

A curved dome created from travertine stones and precast trim creates a focal point over the casual dining area in this open kitchen in a home under construction in Windermere by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more details, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

A curved dome created from travertine stones and precast trim creates a focal point over the casual dining area in this open kitchen in a home under construction in Windermere by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Barrel Ceiling:

A stone and beam barrel ceiling adds curves to soften the rusticity of this Tuscan-inspired kitchen in a home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more information, go to www.imyourbuidler.com

A stone and beam barrel ceiling adds curves to soften the rusticity of this Tuscan-inspired kitchen in a home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Radial Beam Pattern:

The radial beam pattern works great in a foyer or tower entrance drawing the eye upwards to a statement-making chandelier inset and framed by the beams. The tower entry of this Windermere home is by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more details, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The radial beam pattern works great in a foyer or tower entrance drawing the eye upwards to a statement-making chandelier inset and framed by the beams. The tower entry of this Windermere home is by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The exterior of the tower entry adds curb appeal and makes a grand entry with its 16-foot ceiling.  Precast around the double-entry wrought iron door and framing the arched windows adds rich detail in this home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more details, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The exterior of the tower entry adds curb appeal and makes a grand entry with its 16-foot ceiling. Precast around the double-entry wrought iron door and framing the arched windows adds rich detail in this home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

 

Detail shot of the precast arch that frames the double-entry wrought-iron door in this Windermere home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. For more, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Detail shot of the precast arch that frames the double-entry wrought-iron door in this Windermere home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Remodel of 1989 Home Into Tuscan Jewel

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Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri Transforms Outdated Home into Tuscan Jewel

The before and after picture of the facade of a 1989 home that Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled into a stunning custom Tuscan residence located in the gated community of Heathrow, Florida. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after picture of the facade of a 1989 home that Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled into a stunning custom Tuscan residence located in the gated community of Heathrow, Florida. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri discovered an architectural jewel in the gated community of Heathrow, Florida several years ago in need of a makeover and some TLC. “The home is located in a picturesque and highly desirable neighborhood of moss-covered oak trees and unique custom homes but this one was very outdated. It was stuck in a weird place between the worst of the 80s and 90s taste and style but the home had good bones and a lot of square footage all on a single floor with a rear entry garage. Those are rare features in today’s new homes where the garage is placed on the front of the home in order to squeeze the house on a lot and square footage is stacked in two stories instead on one. I think front facing garages detract from the home’s facade and so in my book, that’s a deal breaker when I look for a home to remodel,” says Ulibarri, who bought the home in 2007 began extensive renovations.
The before and after pictures of the remodel of a 1989 outdated home into a Tuscan custom residence by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after pictures of the remodel of a 1989 outdated home into a Tuscan custom residence by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Ulibarri took the home down to the studs and reframed the interior adding sleek architectural curves and arches. He removed all of the popcorn ceilings to create custom ceiling treatments in wood, stone and with beams. He resurfaced all fireplaces and replaced outdated carpet with travertine floors to transform this outdated home into a Mediterranean custom residence.
The before and after pictures of the remodel of a 1989 outdated home into a Tuscan custom residence by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Before and after pictures of the original living room and entrance in the 1989 house remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

In the entrance, Ulibarri created a step down and added a wrought iron custom front door and railing to divide the space between the entrance and dining room. He added a niche, arches and architectural curves and replace carpet with travertine floors and a floor medallion for a visual focal a point. On the dining room ceiling, Ulibarri added beams after removing the home’s original popcorn ceilings.
The before and after pictures of the remodel of a 1989 outdated home into a Tuscan custom residence by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after pictures of the remodel of a 1989 outdated home into a Tuscan custom residence by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

In the kitchen dining area, Ulibarri removed the outdated space-age looking recessed ceiling over the dining table and replace it with a circular stone niche that holds a wrought iron fixture. The original ceiling over the range had a soffit with flourescent light panels. Ulibarri removed that ceiling and created a warm wood beam to frame the space. He resurfaced the eat-in bar top with stone mosaics and the kitchen island with a contrasting granite countertop and added a sleek stainless steel rangehood.

The after picture of a kitchen remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com The original outdated kitchen was built in 1989. This new Tuscan kitchen features mosaic stonework, wood beams, rich wood cabinets and granite countertops with a modern sleek rangehood.

The after picture of a kitchen remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com The original outdated kitchen was built in 1989. This new Tuscan kitchen features mosaic stonework, wood beams, rich wood cabinets and granite countertops with a modern sleek rangehood.

Ulibarri added a wine cellar to the home by taking extra space from the guest bathroom located behind the cellar and reframing the space into a walk-in wine cellar in the formal living room.

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled a 1989 outdated home and created a wine cellar from wasted space in the bathroom located behind the cellar.   The wrought-iron door is custom made and imported by Ulibarri's team of metal artisans in Mexico and can be ordered through his website www.imyourbuilder.com

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled a 1989 outdated home and created a wine cellar from wasted space in the bathroom located behind the cellar. The wrought-iron door is custom-made and imported by Ulibarri’s team of metal artisans in Mexico and can be ordered through his website www.imyourbuilder.com

The formal living room made the most dramatic transformation with wood plank ceiling and grand wrought-iron chandelier and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Notice the how the architectural arches bring a touch of Old-World forms to the space. During the remodel, Ulibarri completely redid all of the home’s interior walls replacing outdated rectangular entrances with graceful arches and curves.  Ulibarri replace carpet throughout the home with travertine floors.

The updated Tuscan formal living room in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The updated Tuscan formal living room in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

In the master bath Ulibarri resurfaced the tub platform in stone mosaics and added faux finish to the walls. He reframed the window to create an arch and added a niche.

The before and after of the master bath in the remodel of a 1989 home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after of the master bath in the remodel of a 1989 home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

In the master bedroom, Ulibarri resurfaced the fireplace surround in stone accented with a wood beam, replaced an out-of-style ceiling fan with a wrought iron fixture, removed the popcorn ceiling and added crown moulding and replaced the carpet with travertine floors for a much warmer look with a rich blend of textures.

The before and after pictures of the master bedroom in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after pictures of the master bedroom in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The 3,800 square foot home wraps around a pool and outdoor living space. Ulibarri kept the original blue and white Spanish decorative tile on the pool edge and he resurfaced the pool deck with travertine pavers and added a pergola and blue fountain pots in place of the outdated diving board.

The before and after pictures of the outdated swimming pool transformed into a resort-style retreat in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after pictures of the outdated swimming pool transformed into a resort-style retreat in a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

The pool’s blue and white Spanish tile became the design theme for the Cobalt blue outdoor living room decor.

The new outdoor living space of a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri . The outdoor dining room and outdoor living room feature Cobalt blue decor from Frontgate. For more information,  go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The new outdoor living space of a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri . The outdoor dining room and outdoor living room feature Cobalt blue decor from Frontgate. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The new outdoor living space of a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri . The outdoor dining room and outdoor living room feature Cobalt blue decor from Frontgate. For more information,  go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The new outdoor living space of a 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri . The outdoor dining room and outdoor living room feature Cobalt blue decor from Frontgate. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

In the top photo is the original exterior of the 1989 home remodeled by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. The photo below shows the home’s new Tuscan facade. Ulibarri kept the original tile roof and added stone to the facade to give it a Tuscan flair and removed the outdated stucco bands

The before and after picture of the facade of a 1989 home that Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled into a stunning custom Tuscan residence located in the gated community of Heathrow, Florida. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The before and after picture of the facade of a 1989 home that Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri remodeled into a stunning custom Tuscan residence located in the gated community of Heathrow, Florida. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

5 Pool Price & Design Considerations

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Contemporary pool in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri  says a designer pool can fit almost any budget if you consider these 5 factors:

1.Depth of Water:

When designing for a pool, you need to consider the depth of the water.  Shallow water is transparent and deep water is much more opaque. This is an important consideration if you want to add a decorative element on the pool floor such as a mosaic medallion.

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This entire pool shaped as a violin has a depth shallow enough to see the beautiful mosaic tile work that creates the violin design. This pool was designed and built by Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping and won the 2014 COVERINGS INSTALLATION & DESIGN (CID) AWARD

2. Sight Lines:

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Contemporary pool in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. Travertine pavers, glass tile mosaic accents, raised platforms for furniture and a built in swim-up table create the perfect balance between sport and entertainment use.

Sight lines are also critical so think about vantage points with your pool.  From where in the garden or in the house will you be able to see the pool? Will it be viewed from the same plane or from above?

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Space planning is key in pool design. Think about where you want to place your pool furniture such as lounge chairs and create gathering spots for sun bathing and socializing. This pool features a raised platform with an outdoor living room overlooking the pool. An area for lounge chair creates yet another social space for sun bathing.

This is where perspective, scale, color and complexity of design play a big role.  Any architecture near the pool should be considered as well, such as a pool house, raised decks or a changing cabana. Space planning also is important when designing a pool. Think about where you want to place your pool furniture. Know the size and space requirements of your pool furniture and make sure these spaces are part of the overall design.

 

3.Pool Materials:

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This Italian-inspired pool features Cobalt blue clay fountain pots and framed by a pergola for an affordable design feature that creates ambiance. The pool finish is quartz that produces a light-colored bottom in perfect sync with the pools Mediterranean style. Other cost savings features include stone look a like columns made of foam and travertine pavers.

Pools are also wonderful areas to combine materials but if price is a consideration, there are certain cost savings options to consider. For the pool bottom, a quartz finish is more affordable than a pebble bottom finish.The price difference for a pool pebble finish can be a $2000-$25000 upgrade on the average size pool. If you opt for a lagoon-style pool, then you will want to go with a pebble finish because it creates a darker bottom for the more obscure water look of a lagoon. Stone decorative elements and accents also add to the budget of a lagoon pool. Typically, a lagoon-style pool will have a rock waterfall or feature and stone accents around the pool edge.

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An elegant kidney-shaped pool with travertine pavers, decorative tile trim and Cobalt blue clay pot water fountains creates an affordable Tuscan flair in this pool by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

An Italian style pool can be a more affordable style.  The quartz finish complements Mediterranean features such as clay pots as pool fountains, travertine tile and a pergola.

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This contemporary pool showcases clean lines with glass tile mosaics around the pool perimeter. A spa overlooks the pool completely covered with the same glass tile mosaics for visual drama. The linear “sport & resort” pool is a popular style trending in pool design. The pool is featured in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Glass mosaic tiles with hint of gold glass or mother of pearl capture the light in a beautiful way and add a textural richness to a pool mosaic.

4. Pool Lighting:

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Pool lighting adds drama as a beautiful nightscape to your outdoor space. Ideally, your budget should include a pool lighting scheme for optimal outdoor enjoyment and ambiance. Notice how the pool lighting plays well with the landscape lighting to create a stunning light show. This linear pool is featured in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

5. Pool Water & Fire Features:

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The latest pool designs focus on fire features for drama and entertainment. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri built this fire pit as a social gathering spot to sip wine, grill s’mores and enjoy the pool’s stunning night-time view.

Fire features, whether they are fire pits, fire tables or full-blown fire places in a variety of fuels are very popular. Look for opportunities to create social spaces with chat tables or fire features as an alternative to sitting around a grill.

 

 

 

Indirect Lighting for Direct Impact

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LED lit coves in the barrel ceiling on this hallway cast a soft glow on the glass tile edges of the travertine barrel drawing focus to key architectural details in this Mod-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

LED lit coves in the barrel ceiling on this hallway cast a soft glow on the glass tile edges of the travertine barrel drawing focus to key architectural details in this Mod-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

LEDs provide new opportunities for lighting small spaces once inaccessible by bulb technology. Because these semiconductor chips are miniscule but pack a lot of light, they are illuminating living spaces in ways we’ve never seen before. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is in the final stage of constructing a Mod-Mediterranean home that is the perfect canvas for indirect lighting. “We used LED tape lights to create illuminated silhouettes that draw the eye to architectural details,” explains Ulibarri who designed the 4,800 sq. ft. home as a fusion of Old World and contemporary design.

LED light kitchen in this Mod-Mediterranean Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

LED light kitchen in this Mod-Mediterranean Home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

The home’s elevation is Spanish-Mediterranean but the interiors showcase clean lines, sleek fixtures and finishes such as glass mosaics mixed with rustic beams, travertine floors and other raw natural materials.

“Lighting design plays an important role in creating the Mod-Mediterranean style. It has to be done right, with a modern, edgy allure that melds with more rustic features. LED indirect lighting creates that contemporary vibe in a traditional setting,” says Ulibarri.

LED tape lights illuminate the kitchen cabinets inside, above and below in this Mod-Mediterranea home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

LED tape lights illuminate the kitchen cabinets inside, above and below in this Mod-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

In the kitchen, Ulibarri added LED tape lighting to the interior, top and bottom of the upper cabinets as well as the bottom of the kitchen island for toe kick lighting. When lit from within, the frosted glass cabinet panels cast a soft glow in the kitchen. LED indirect lighting in the open kitchen provides added illumination without casting distracting glare on the flat screen TV in the adjoining living room. “LEDs work well in the kitchen because they provide a powerful light source without giving off a lot of heat. Keeping the temperature down in kitchen is a challenge because you have to balance the need for light with other heat radiant sources such as the oven and range. LEDs give off less heat than other light sources such as halogens and incandescent lights,” explains Ulibarri. Consider that a typical incandescent bulb runs at 200 degrees above room temperature.

LED Tape light

LED Tape light

LED Tape consists of a dot of light spaced approximately every 5/8 inch. The quality of LED chips varies in terms of the light conducting phosphorous coating (a proprietary recipe that differs among each manufacturer). Ulibarri installed high quality LED Tape light with a color temperature of 3000K at an approximate cost of $18 per liner foot for materials and installation. Prices vary depending on the complexity of the project and installation.

Led tape lights illuminate the sides and decorative inset of this Mod-Mediterranean fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Led tape lights illuminate the sides and decorative inset of this Mod-Mediterranean fireplace designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Ulibarri installed LED tape light to illuminate the sides of the soaring Mod-Mediterranean fireplace, a centerpiece that anchors the aesthetic. LED tape light also illuminates the built-in glass tile mosaic and glass inlay above hearth.

In the hallway, LED tape lights hidden in the barrel ceiling cove cast a soft glow on the travertine tile framed in glass tiles.

LED lit barrel ceiling in the hallway of this Mod-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

LED lit barrel ceiling in the hallway of this Mod-Mediterranean home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

No matter what your style, any home has several “sweet spots” for LED lighting, areas where LEDs are practical and economical.  Terry McGowan, DirectorEngineering & Technology
American Lighting Association, offers the following ideas for LED lighting:

–       Portable task lights

–       New or retrofit downlights in ceilings

–       Under and over-cabinet lighting

–       Interior cabinet lighting

–       Indirect lighting – particularly in coves

–       Outline lighting (for example, outlining a door so it can be seen at night for orientation)

LEDs can product light colors in the entire spectrum and come in a color temperature measured in Kelvins (K) in a range of 2700K-6500K. As a general rule when selecting the right LED lighting, remember: the higher the Kelvin number, the bluer the light will appear. The lower the Kelvin number, the warmer the light appears. LED lighting opens up new possibilities in lighting design. These are just a few ideas for  inspiration to show you the potential of this energy-efficient lighting tool.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Squeeze 6,000 Square Feet Into a 4,000 Square Foot Home

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A 4,000 square foot home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri that has the spaces of a 6,000 square foot home

The sweet spot for today’s custom home hovers around 4,000 square feet but you can get the spaces of a larger home without the cost and waste.

In the last five years, the economic downturn has people right-sizing their homes. Gone are the trophy homes, replaced by smaller homes with smarter use of space. If you are thinking about building a new home, you can live large with less square footage. It’s all about the layout and use of your living space. In Central Florida, the sweet spot for custom home square footage tends to hover around 4,000 square feet. People want to feel like they are living in a spacious home without crossing over into McMansion territory.

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri just completed a 4,000 square-foot floor plan that combines a functional layout with very large spaces yet small square footage: in short, he squeezed a large home into a small footprint. This sounds counterintuitive, right? How can you have a home with large spaces yet small square footage?  Here’s the trick: by eliminating the formal spaces such as the formal living and dining rooms, Ulibarri was able to use that extra space for a grand foyer, great room and casual eating area. “This also gives the homeowner extra space for the kitchen to accommodate an oversized kitchen island that seats four to six people and takes the place of a breakfast nook,” says Ulibarri, who is building the home in Heathrow’s The Reserve neighborhood.

Floorplan of 4,000 square foot home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Floorplan of 4,000 square foot home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

“For years, homes typically had three eating areas: the breakfast nook, kitchen island, and formal dining room- all within 20 feet of each other, which seems excessive given that you can only eat in one place at a time. In a lot of homes, these spaces were seldom used, collecting dust and wasting valuable square footage,” explains Ulibarri.

It’s this consumer mindset about new home construction that is echoed in a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) which found that today’s homeowner would overwhelmingly choose a smaller home with high-quality products and amenities (63 percent) over a larger house with fewer amenities (37 percent). Clearly the focus is on quality over quantity. Here’s how you can do the same to squeeze more functional square footage out of your living space:

The Grand Room:

The grand room that flows seamlessly into the kitchen for a large open social space

The grand room that flows seamlessly into the kitchen for a large open social space

Turn the family room into a grand room. The 4,000 square foot home, designed by Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri, creates a grand room in place of a smaller family room. As we all know, older floorplans tend to compartmentalize living space, splitting each area up into a boxed-in room. In dated floorplans, the family room is tucked all the way to the back in a corner isolated from the social center of the house, the kitchen. Ulibarri brought the family living space into center of the home creating a grand room. “We made a centralized sitting area with a floor-to-ceiling fireplace that hosts the TV in a niche. The fireplace dresses up the space for a bit of formality,” says Ulibarri.

 

An Open Kitchen:

An open kitchen that accomodates an oversized island that doubles as an eating area.

An open kitchen that accommodates an oversized island that doubles as an eating area.

One telltale sign of an outdated home is a closed off kitchen. The latest custom homes have large open kitchens but you don’t need tons of square footage to get the effect. By opening up the kitchen to the grand room in one seamless space, the line of sight and flow of conversation remains uninterrupted creating a true social heart of the home. The square footage gained by eliminating formal spaces enabled Ulibarri to design a kitchen open to the grand room and everyday dining area.

The Daily Dining Room:

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With the formal dining room eliminated, the 4,000-square-foot floor plan can accommodate a main dining room where the breakfast nook typically resides. The main dining area opens to a view of the pool. “In the past, most houses had dining rooms facing the street. Now you can enjoy the view from your main dining room and seat up to 12 people. By getting rid of the breakfast nook, I put some of that square footage into the dining room to accommodate 12 people so it can serve as daily eating area and entertainment area,” says Ulibarri.

A Grand Entrance:

Tower Entrance for the WOW factor and a fabulous first impression

Tower Entrance for the WOW factor and a fabulous first impression

In modern home design, the entrance gets top priority to create a fabulous first impression at the front door. To make this grand entrance, Ulibarri added square footage to “wow” people with a soaring ceiling and line of sight that extends through the home.

The floor plan pictured here gives the homeowner all the spaces typical of a 6,000 square foot home. It has five bedrooms: a master bedroom and guest bedroom downstairs and three upstairs; and four bathrooms. In addition, the home has a bonus room upstairs. For more money-saving design and new home construction tips, subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss a single post.