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Florida Modern Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

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This Florida Modern Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri Features Sweeping Lake Views and Sleek Architectural Features

 New modern classic architecture defines this 12,000 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

New modern classic architecture defines this 12,000 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

An inverted L shaped entrance, slim round tower and oversized windows give this 12,000-square-foot modern custom home stunning curb appeal. Situated on a peninsula on Lake Markham in the Seminole County community of Lake Markham Preserve, this Florida contemporary home is designed as two wings set at 45-degree angles embracing the lake views.

This Florida Modern custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri brings the outside in by featuring sliding glass walls erasing separation between indoor and outdoor living, embracing Florida’s climate and lifestyle year-round.

This Florida Modern custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri brings the outside in by featuring sliding glass walls erasing separation between indoor and outdoor living, embracing Florida’s climate and lifestyle year-round.

“The objective of the home’s floorplan was to have a clear view of the lake throughout the house. We achieved this with large glass sliders throughout the back of the home that run from the master suite to the other side of the home for a 270-degree view of the lake,” says Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction. 

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows open up the view to Lake Markham from the back of this 12,000 sq. ft home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows open up the view to Lake Markham from the back of this 12,000 sq. ft home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Check out the home’s panoramic lake views in this flyover:

 

The home’s facade features ledgestone accents that appear on the interior as a unifying architectural element and a custom-crafted flat paneled gray iron front door. Modern garage doors made of stainless steel with shatterproof glass insets house five cars.

A signature Florida contemporary style element is the home’s black slate roof that appears flat but is actually slightly pitched to promote drainage. Other standout architectural features include mitered windows at the corners.

A round tower with metal roof softens the geometry of this Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

A round tower with metal roof softens the geometry of this Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The color palette of gray tones extends to the interior with large 36″ by 18″ white porcelain floor tile with gray striations and walls painted in a soft white gray. 

The great room opens to the kitchen and draws focus to a floor-to-ceiling wall of ledgestone that frames a fireplace and TV screen in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The great room opens to the kitchen and draws focus to a floor-to-ceiling wall of ledgestone that frames a fireplace and TV screen in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The home has two custom-designed staircases on each wing with black, wrought iron linear railings and quartz steps edge-lit with LEDs.

The black wrought iron staircase is crafted to coordinate with the black wrought iron flat panel double entry front door in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The black wrought iron staircase is crafted to coordinate with the black wrought iron flat panel double entry front door in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

In the large, open kitchen, an 18-foot wood grain laminate feature wall seamlessly integrates appliances in a T-formation.  Two kitchen islands are crafted in the contrasting countertop material, one with a wraparound white and gray quartz countertop that matches the backsplash. The second kitchen island has a white quartz surface.  

Contemporary kitchen well-appointed with two islands with quartz countertops in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Contemporary kitchen well-appointed with two islands with quartz countertops in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The kitchen backsplash crafted of white quartz with gray veining echoes the wraparound countertop of the island facing the great room in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The kitchen backsplash crafted of white quartz with gray veining echoes the wraparound countertop of the island facing the great room in this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Wood grain cabinetry and a ledgestone fireplace and TV wall add organic elements to soften the sleek lines of this Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Wood grain cabinetry and a ledgestone fireplace and TV wall add organic elements to soften the sleek lines of this Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

A 16-foot-long stone fireplace runs horizontally from wall-to-wall with a geometric design element crafted of white Venetian plaster that frames the electric firebox. Embedded LEDs light the fireplace feature wall from above.

Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering striking views of the pool, water features and landscaping from the moment upon entering this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Floor-to- ceiling glass walls offering striking views of the pool, water features and landscaping from the moment upon entering this Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

In the living room, a 16-foot-long ledgestone stone fireplace runs horizontally from wall-to-wall with a geometric frame of white Venetian plaster around the electric firebox. The fireplace wall is lit with LEDs from above.

In the living room, a 16-foot-long ledgestone stone fireplace runs horizontally from wall-to-wall with a geometric frame of white Venetian plaster around the electric firebox. The fireplace wall is lit with LEDs from above.

 The interior styling of the home is modern but warm with a mix of wood elements and natural stone as seen in the bathrooms.

 One of the six bathrooms in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

One of the six bathrooms in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Powder Bath with blue glass vessel sink that glows from LED lighting and sits atop a white and gray quartz floating vanity framed by a floor-to-ceiling ledgestone wall

Powder Bath with blue glass vessel sink that glows from LED lighting and sits atop a white and gray quartz floating vanity framed by a floor-to-ceiling ledgestone wall

 One of the six bathrooms in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

One of the six bathrooms in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

In the master bath, porcelain floor tile in a slate gray clads a feature wall fronting the freestanding tub and dual entry shower. Floating vanities and a dropped ceiling framed with wood contribute to the master bath’s minimalist, zen-like ambiance.

The master suite has a gray wood plank flooring that sweeps up to create a feature wall.

The master suite in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The master suite in this 12,000 sq. ft. Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The linear pool and spa overlooking Lake Markham sit on a peninsula for sweeping views.

The linear pool and spa overlooking Lake Markham sit on a peninsula for sweeping views.

For more design ideas, check out Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri’s youtube channel.

 

 

 

 

The Mission-Mod Blog House Groundwork Begins

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Laying the Groundwork For the Mission-Mod Blog House:

The Mission-Mod Blog House located in the gated community of Heathrow, Heathrow, Florida. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed the home and is constructing the 4,600 square foot home. Follow the step-by-step construction of this home as Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri helps you master the learning curve of custom home construction.

The Mission-Mod Blog House located in the gated community of Heathrow, Heathrow, Florida. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed the home and is constructing the 4,600 square foot home. Follow the step-by-step construction of this home as Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri helps you master the learning curve of custom home construction.

 

This week, groundwork is underway on the Mission-Mod Blog House by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri in advance of the concrete foundation pour. Here’s what happens in this phase:

Groundwork begins on the Mission-Mod Blog House located in the gated community of Heathrow, Heathrow, Florida. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed the home and is constructing the 4,600 square foot home.

Groundwork begins on the Mission-Mod Blog House located in the gated community of Heathrow, Heathrow, Florida. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed the home and is constructing the 4,600 square foot home.

The installation of the underground electrical and plumbing systems of the home.

Groundwork begins on the Mission-Mod Blog House located in the gated community of Heathrow, Heathrow, Florida. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed the home and is constructing the 4,600 square foot home.

Groundwork begins on the Mission-Mod Blog House located in the gated community of Heathrow, Heathrow, Florida. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed the home and is constructing the 4,600 square foot home.

Placement of the steel reinforcements for the footings. Remember that footings are sections of the concrete foundation that are larger and deeper to carry the weight loads of the home.

Steel reinforcements for the footers of the foundation as groundwork begins on the Mission-Mod Blog House located in the gated community of Heathrow, Heathrow, Florida. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed the home and is constructing the 4,600 square foot home.

Steel reinforcements for the footers of the foundation as groundwork begins on the Mission-Mod Blog House located in the gated community of Heathrow, Heathrow, Florida. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designed the home and is constructing the 4,600 square foot home.

Termite treatment of the foundation

Now, here a few tips to consider in this phase of new home construction:

Before the concrete slab is poured, it’s a good idea to review your electrical outlet locations and make sure that you have ample floor outlets for lamps, technology, a piano etc. in spaces such as the living room, family room and office.

Check the location of the main electrical panel that will be located on exterior wall. Make sure on the opposite side of that wall, in your interior living space, that the exterior panel is not near a bed. Some clients have concerns about electro-magnetic fields produced by the power running through the panel. It is best to avoid placing the exterior panel on the opposite wall of where a bed would be located.

Stay tuned this week as we lay the foundation of the Mission-Mod Blog House and offer tips for this important step in new home construction.

Saving Money with Smarter Thermostats

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The Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat

As a custom homebuilder, I’m always eager to pass on money-saving tips and products to my clients. I recently discovered a Smart Thermostat that can save you up to 20 percent on your annual energy bill and it’s affordable. It’s called Nest Learning Thermostat, an intuitive system that learns your temperature preferences and thermostat habits and then tweaks them for energy savings. Based on your usage, Nest devises a schedule and programs itself to run your home’s heating and cooling more efficiently.

I’m installing Nest Learning Thermostats for a client who sees both their monetary and design value. The home is Mod-Mediterranean, a fusion of traditional and contemporary style, so the sleek design of Nest fits right in and looks great on the walls.

Custom home in the gated community of Magnolia Plantation  under construction that will feature the Nest Learning Thermostats

Custom home in the gated community of Magnolia Plantation under construction that will feature the Nest Learning Thermostats

According to the manufacturer, 89 percent of programmable thermostats waste energy, costing homeowners an extra $173 a year. Why? Because many homeowners find thermostats difficult to program or they simply don’t bother. It’s a known fact that the thermostat can be the biggest energy hog in a home. Replacing old, inefficient ones with Smart Thermostats can add up to significant savings.

Nest Learning Thermostat with leaf icon

Nest Learning Thermostat with leaf icon

The Nest also encourages energy-saving habits with a “leaf” reward system. A leaf icon on the thermostat appears when the user does something that saves energy. The homeowner can earn a leaf by adjusting the temperature for energy savings throughout the day. The Nest also comes with a mobile app for remote control of the thermostat from a smart device. There’s also an “Auto-Away” mode that turns to an energy-savings temperature, when the homeowner is gone.

For homeowners, Nest offers an affordable, easy-to-install option for upgrading thermostat intelligence in the home. The Nest retails for $249 a unit and $199 for the first installation and $25 for each additional installation. For more design ideas and money-saving tips, subscribe to my blog and video series.

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.