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Choosing the Right Fireplace For Your Living Space

By | Custom Home Construction, Custom Home Design, Fireplace design, Uncategorized

Orlando Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri Shares Fireplace Design Ideas and Tips 

In our personal home, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, we have three ethanol burning fireplaces that fit perfectly with our modern decor and busy lifestyle.

In the living room, we have the Regal Flame Venice 32 Inch Ventless Built-In Recessed Bio Ethanol Wall Mounted Fireplace. Mount it on a wall or built into one, the possibilities and style are endless with the Venice Recessed Wall Mounted Ethanol Fireplace.

The fireplaces burn denatured ethanol, a renewable modern energy that burns free, emits no fumes, is environmentally friendly and virtually maintenance free.  Ethanol fireplaces don’t require a vent nor a chimney, nor a utility connection for fuel supply making it ideal for almost any architectural environment.

Our linear fireplaces are crafted of stainless steel and are super easy to use. I simply pour in the bioethanol fuel, we use Regal Flame Ultra Pure Ventless Bio Ethanol Fireplace Fuel into the holders and light the containers for the flames to burn. To extinguish the flame, simply pull the cover over the fuel container to smother the flame.

In our master bedroom and summer kitchen, we have a Regal Flame Fargo 43 Inch Ventless Built-In Recessed Bio Ethanol Wall Mounted Fireplace.

The Fargo’s steel outer frame gives it a contemporary unique recessed in wall fireplace with its due bio-ethanol burner concept, providing malting flames.

 

Gas fireplaces are another environmentally friendly heating solution for the modern era with high-efficiency ratings and contemporary designs that don’t sacrifice form for function.  The latest gas fireplaces accurately render the look of wood-burning fireplaces for that traditional look and ambiance.

They burn realistically with lifelike looking logs, embers and orange flames. Gas as a fireplace fuel has many advantages over wood. Gas eliminates the mess and work with burning wood and is convenient to ignite and control with a button, piped into the home or from a refillable tank. Gas burning fires eliminate chimney-build up from the by-products of burning wood which can add soot and odor to the home or cause house fires if the chimney is not properly maintained.

Because gas fireplaces don’t require a roof access chimney to vent like wood fires, there is greater flexibility in installation around the house.

When selecting a fireplace, consider the heat output and how it may affect or degrade a TV, electronics, artwork or shelving above a fireplace. It’s important to talk with your builder about how the construction of fireplace chase walls and installation will mitigate heat transfer to the electronics or artwork mounted above it.

Florida Modern Home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Modern Architectural Style Elements

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

 Residential Architecture Should Consider the Context, Location & Environment of a Home.

Florida Modern styled home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Modern styled home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

Unlike other places in the country, Florida summers are characterized by an intense rainy season and extremely high temperatures. Careful consideration must be given to these climate conditions in the design of the home.

Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri designs his own interpretation of Florida Modern that embraces the characteristic rectilinear facade with subtle roof elevations to accommodate  the region’s subtropical climate. “Flat roofs work great in other regions of the nation, but here in Florida, heavy precipitation and strong UV rays shorten the lifespan of some of the water proofing materials including roof membranes and sealants. Flat roofs don’t drain as easily as sloped or pitched roofs. The rooflines I design have a subtle pitch crafted of flat concrete tile to promote drainage yet still preserve the rectilinear style,” explains Jorge, who is finishing up two Florida Modern custom residences, one on Markham Woods Road in Lake Mary and the other in Lake Markham Preserve in Sanford.

Florida Modern styled home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri spans 10,000 square feet and wraps around a ski and boating lake in Lake Markham Preserve. www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Modern styled home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri spans 10,000 square feet and wraps around a ski and boating lake in Lake Markham Preserve. www.imyourbuilder.com

The Lake Markham Preserve home in Sanford overlooks a large ski and boating lake with its own dock. The home is designed to wrap around the lake view and drink in natural light through two-story windows.

Floor to ceiling windows in this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

Floor to ceiling windows in this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri www.imyourbuilder.com

“Modern homes are known for their large walls of glass but in Florida, due to our high temperatures, we need to find a balance. I design tall windows spanning from the floor to the ceiling that speak the visual language of contemporary architecture without overheating the home and compromising the comfort factor.”

Florida Modern home with rooflines designed with subtle pitches to promote drainage and better accommodate Florida's climate conditions. The roofline is designed to appear flat in keeping with its contemporary styling but has a small slope. This home was designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri and is under construction in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Modern home with rooflines designed with subtle pitches to promote drainage and better accommodate Florida’s climate conditions. The roofline is designed to appear flat in keeping with its contemporary styling but has a small slope. This home was designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri and is under construction in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

In the Lake Mary custom residence, large second-story windows act as skylights illuminating the main living spaces without overheating them. “Large rectangular glass windows on the facade and the front door’s horizontal frosted glass panels infuse a lot of natural light into the foyer and family room, while sliding glass doors and a two-story trio of windows on the back of the home capture natural light as the sun shifts throughout the day. “

White ledge stone on this floor to ceiling fireplace echoes the stone on the facade and ties the interior and exterior together in this Florida Modern Home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Other expressions of Florida Modern architectural style include stacked stone or ledge stone on the exterior and interior of the home. White ledgestone is used on the facade of the Lake Mary home and echoed in the interior on the double-height fireplace.

Grey ledge stone on this wall that extends from the exterior to the interior adds warmth to the contemporary styling of this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Grey ledge stone on this wall that extends from the exterior to the interior adds warmth to the contemporary styling of this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

In the Sanford home, a slate gray ledge stone embellishes many interior and exterior features and ties the living spaces together. “Stone visually warms up the space as a natural material juxtaposed with popular contemporary-styled, man made materials and finishes such as chrome and lacquer.

Grey ledge stone on the fireplace wall adds warmth to the contemporary styling of this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Grey ledge stone on the fireplace wall adds warmth to the contemporary styling of this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Lighting choices also convey a particular interpretation of contemporary style from minimalist to midcentury modern.  One home references space age, Googie-inspired influences with starburst and globe lighting fixtures while the other home nods to art and sculpture with its lighting choices.

Starburst light fixture in the wine room of this Florida Modern home in Lake Mary designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Starburst light fixture in the wine room of this Florida Modern home in Lake Mary designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

 

Chrome and glass globe lighting fixtures in this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Chrome and glass globe lighting fixtures in this Florida Modern home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Modern style is a balancing act of design elements and materials that make a space warm and inviting yet sleek, clean and sophisticated.

This staircase blends the natural materials of marble and wood with glass and chrome for a perfect balance of warmth with sleek elements. The staircase was designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in this Florida Modern home under construction in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

This staircase blends the natural materials of marble and wood with glass and chrome for a perfect balance of warmth with sleek elements. The staircase was designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri in this Florida Modern home under construction in Lake Mary. www.imyourbuilder.com

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

Mission-Modern Orlando Custom Home

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

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]

 

 

 

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.

Save Some Green by Going Green at Home

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Blogger Karen LeBlanc hosting VIP Tours of the Vision House at Epcot, photo by HowieSpace Photography

Recently, I had the opportunity to host VIP tours of Green Builder Media’s VISION House® at Disney’s Epcot Theme Park in Orlando, Florida. The idea behind this exhibit, created in collaboration with Disney Imagineers, is to showcase the latest innovations in green design and sustainable living. I discovered a few money-saving and environmentally friendly features that anyone can add affordably to Save Some Green by Living Green.

Blogger Karen LeBlanc points out energy-saving brick, a sustainable material on the exterior of Vision House, HowieSpace Photography

Brick on the Exterior Saves Energy Bucks

Brick is a sustainable material that helps lower the utility bill because it holds in temperatures. Brick is made of clay and water so it’s environmentally safe, free of chemicals and pollutants. It’s durable, can carry heavy weight loads, fire resistant, and recyclable. As a bonus, old bricks make great architectural features when they are salvaged and reused in structures to add character.

Blogger Karen LeBlanc points out smog-eating tile and Hanwha Solar panels on the roof of Vision House, HowieSpace Photography

Smog Eating Tiles Keep Us Healthy

I was surprised to discover that roof tile can actually cut down on air pollution. Boral manufactures the BoralPure Smog Eating Tile that reduces the formation of smog. According to Boral, the roof tiles “eat” smog when exposed to sunlight by oxidizing pollutants and converting them into inert calcium nitrates that wash away with the next rainfall.

LED fixtures in the Dining Room of the Vision House, HowieSpace Photography

LED fixtures Use 75 Percent Less Energy

According to U.S. Energy Department, ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs (light-emitting diodes) use 75 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer than other light bulbs. The movement of electrons through a semiconductor material illuminates LEDs. They can be integrated into all sorts of products to provide white and colored light, such as flashlights, light bulbs, and integrated light fixtures. Unlike incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light; they are ideal for recessed downlights and task lighting. Another cost-saving advantage, LEDs emit almost no heat whereas incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat. The Vision House features LED lighting by Sylvania.

Low VOC cabinets by Armstrong Worldwide in the ktichen of the Vision House, photo by HowieSpace Photography

Low-VOC Household Features Improve Air Quality

VOC” stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, which are chemical fumes released into the air. A common carrier of VOCs is the kitchen cabinet, which can contain formaldehyde used to bind the particleboard in cabinet’s interior boxes. The toxic chemical also shows up  in cabinet stains and finishes. No or Low-VOC cabinets improve indoor air quality and reduce toxins because they don’t contain formaldehyde and other chemicals.The Vision House kitchen features Low-VOC cabinets from Armstrong World Industries.

Home insulation made of cotton natural fiber for Low VOCs, photo by HowieSpace Photography

Home insulation is another potential source of VOCs. The insulation in Vision House is made of natural cotton fiber including denim clothing. The natural cotton fiber insulation has no VOCs, it’s mold and mildew resistant as well as fire retardant and completely safe to touch. A picture window into the wall in the family area provides a close up view of the insulation.

Three-layer windows with argon gas between the layers for greater energy efficiency in the masterbedroom of the Vision House, photo by HowieSpace Photography

Energy efficient Windows Shave 15 Percent off Heating and Cooling Costs

Energy Star Qualified windows filter out damaging ultraviolet light and save on heating and cooling costs. The U.S. Energy Department estimates that upgrading to Energy Star Qualified windows can save approximately seven to 15 percent on a home’s energy bill. The windows in Vision House are by Pella and have three layers of glass with argon gas between the layers. Argon gas is denser than air and enhances insulation.

Grow a Wall Garden

Blogger Karen LeBlanc points out the Green Wall Garden in the backyard of the Vision House. A wall garden improves air quality and energy efficiency, photo by HowieSpace Photography

Another creative idea that adds ambiance and enhances air quality and energy efficiency in a home is a green wall made of living, breathing plants. The Vision House features a green wall in the backyard that helps to regulate temperature, clean the air, and filter the water. It’s also a lush focal point in this backyard retreat.

Vision House by Green Builder Media and Disney at Epcot’s Innoventions Exhibit, photo by HowieSpace Photography

The entire Vision House is powered by Hanwha Solar photovoltaic modules on the house’s rooftop and a whole-home automation system (The Home Intelligence system) that can adjust the lighting and temperature in each separate zone throughout the house. If you would like to check it out, Vision House is located in Epcot’s Innoventions Exhibit area. What are your money-saving and environmentally safe ideas for going green at home? Share your comments with our readers. I would love to hear from you.