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Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

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This Spanish Revival custom home built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri sits on 5 acres wrapping around Hinden Lake in St. Cloud, Florida. “Architectural elements that imbue the home with Spanish Revival style include its whitewashed stucco facade, terracotta barrel tile roof, a tower chimney, and the trio of arches leading to the handcrafted wrought iron front door.  Inside we added decorative elements including handpainted tiles and ornamental ironwork,” Jorge says.  The home spans 7,500 square feet total with 4,700 square feet of living space under air.

Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

“We designed the home to connect to the organic nature of its surroundings and capture lake views from the main living spaces,” Jorge says.

Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri

The single story custom residence has an open concept floorplan with three bedrooms plus a master suite and features the latest lifestyle amenities.

The great room opens to the outdoor living spaces with a 20-foot high ceiling and clerestory windows to draw in natural light from above in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The great room opens to the outdoor living spaces with a 20-foot high ceiling and clerestory windows to draw in natural light from above in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The kitchen is outfitted with Sub-Zero Wolf appliances and draws focus to a backsplash of hand-painted tiles in an open floor plan that connects both the living and dining rooms, all of which open up to the back patio.

The kitchen opens to the great room and features a brick and beam barrel ceiling with a contrasting ivory colored island and handpainted tile backsplash in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The kitchen opens to the great room and features a brick and beam barrel ceiling with a contrasting ivory colored island and handpainted tile backsplash in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

 

A custom range hood crafted of precast stone coordinates with handpainted tiles on the backsplash of the range niche in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

A custom range hood crafted of precast stone coordinates with handpainted tiles on the backsplash of the range niche in this Spanish Revival Custom Home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The kitchen is crowned by an undulating brick barrel and beam ceiling that pulls together the warm sand tones of the travertine tile. 

The granite island counter and granite perimeter counters with gray and white veining contrast with walnut wood stained cabinetry and travertine floors and backsplashes to give this kitchen its Spanish Revival style in this custom home by Orlando custom homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

The granite island counter and granite perimeter counters with gray and white veining contrast with walnut wood stained cabinetry and travertine floors and backsplashes to give this kitchen its Spanish Revival style in this custom home by Orlando custom homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Throughout the main living spaces of this one story custom residence, 20-foot ceilings give the home an open, airy feel. The mission style fireplace features inlaid brick accents that compliment the brick barrel ceilings throughout the home. A 20-foot wide sliding glass door opens to the great room to the expansive outdoor living area.

The 20-foot fireplace in the great room features an inlaid brick design that echoes the home's brick barrel ceilings throughout.

The 20-foot fireplace in the great room features an inlaid brick design that echoes the home’s brick barrel ceilings throughout.

 In the master bath, travertine stone clads the tub and shower seamlessly tying in with the flooring throughout the home.  

The master bath is clad in travertine stone that compliments the home's flooring.

The master bath is clad in travertine stone that compliments the home’s flooring.

The master suite is trimmed with walnut stained wood moldings that echo the wood beams of the vaulted ceiling.

The master bath is clad in travertine stone that compliments the home's flooring.

The master bath is clad in travertine stone that compliments the home’s flooring.

Sliding barn doors attached to a beam with rustic hardware and opens to the laundry room.

White-painted sliding barn doors open to the laundry room conserving space in the hallway because they require no clearance to open up in this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Spanish Revival architectural features include interior arches, a mix of tongue and groove and brick barrel ceilings and ornamental iron light fixtures.

Interior hallway with arches that open to the great room in this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Interior hallway with arches that open to the great room in this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Interior hallway with arches that open to the great room in this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Interior hallway with arches that open to the great room in this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.

Situated on 5 acres, the home wraps around a large outdoor space with a summer kitchen, pool, and spa.

Backyard view of this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri that wraps around a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and living spaces.

Backyard view of this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri that wraps around a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and living spaces.

The great room of this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri that opens to a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and living spaces.

The great room of this Spanish Revival custom home by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri that opens to a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and living spaces.

The great room seamlessly opens to the pool for alfresco enjoyment and entertaining.

Lake Nona Residence

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Jorge Ulibarri Custom Homes Introduces Its Latest Custom Residence on Beautiful Lake Hart in Lake Nona

 5,300 square foot custom home located on an envious waterfront lot on stunning Lake Hart in Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida. Designed and built by Orlando luxury home builder, Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

5,300 square foot custom home located on an envious waterfront lot on stunning Lake Hart in Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida. Designed and built by Orlando luxury home builder, Jorge Ulibarri.

This 5,300 square foot custom home is located on an envious waterfront lot on stunning Lake Hart in Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida. Designed and built by Orlando luxury home builder, Jorge Ulibarri, the home is framed by moss-draped oak trees in a storybook setting. The owner wanted to take advantage of the picturesque lake views by opening all of the main living spaces to the outdoors.  “I wanted the architecture to create a sense of arrival that feels as if one has traveled to the secluded beauty of a country manor or Tuscan estate. The home’s stone tower entry and precast accents, custom-made, wrought-iron, double door give it a sense of history and grounded character,” says Jorge Ulibarri, owner of Cornerstone Custom Construction, a luxury home building company based in Heathrow, Florida. Through architectural photos, we invite you on a tour of this 4 bedroom, 4 bath home with a style that respects Florida’s regional architectural language and infuses the latest looks in home interiors.

The two-story grand room opens to the kitchen with a double-height fireplace and wood beams in a grid design anchored by two geometric chandeliers in this home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The two-story grand room opens to the kitchen with a double-height fireplace and wood beams in a grid design anchored by two geometric chandeliers in this home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The ceiling treatment in the grand room draws the eye up to the grid of beams and two geometric chandeliers, an open hallway bridges the two wings of the home upstairs overlooking the tower entry and grand room. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The ceiling treatment in the grand room draws the eye up to the grid of beams and two geometric chandeliers, an open hallway bridges the two wings of the home upstairs overlooking the tower entry and grand room. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The kitchen in this Lake Nona custom home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a transitional design with gray cabinets and white quartz countertops that stand in contrast with the kitchen island crafted of espresso wood and gray and white granite. The kitchen features a barrel ceiling of travertine stone and wood beams and an eat-in breakfast bar. www.imyourbuilder.com

The kitchen in this Lake Nona custom home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a transitional design with gray cabinets and white quartz countertops that stand in contrast with the kitchen island crafted of espresso wood and gray and white granite. The kitchen features a barrel ceiling of travertine stone and wood beams and an eat-in breakfast bar.

The kitchen's gray and white color palette makes it feel fresh and modern with stainless steel appliances, fittings and fixtures. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The kitchen’s gray and white color palette makes it feel fresh and modern with stainless steel appliances, fittings and fixtures.

A two-story tower foyer makes a grand entrance pouring in natural light from a crown of windows. The wrought iron staircase echoes the design of the custom made wrought iron and glass door in this home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

A two-story tower foyer makes a grand entrance pouring in natural light from a crown of windows. The wrought iron staircase echoes the design of the custom made wrought iron and glass door in this home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The masterbath features a free standing tub that fronts a double-entry shower with gray base cabinets and white and gray granite countertops in this custom home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

The masterbath features a free standing tub that fronts a double-entry shower with gray base cabinets and white and gray granite countertops in this custom home designed and built by Orlando Luxury Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The formal dining room in this Lake Nona home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The formal dining room in this Lake Nona home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Barn doors painted white with stainless steel hardware open to the media room and the hallway with a barrel travertine tile ceiling. The home was designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

Barn doors painted white with stainless steel hardware open to the media room and the hallway with a barrel travertine tile ceiling.

Heathrow Woods Country Club Residence

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Terra-Cotta Exterior & Tower Entry Gives Heathrow Woods Home Curb Appeal

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This 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is located in the country club community of Heathrow, just north of Orlando, Florida. Curb appeal comes from its two-story tower entry, a signature of Jorge Ulibarri custom homes. The home’s exterior color of terra-cotta purposely makes a statement differentiating itself from the ubiquitous beige home exteriors in the neighborhood.

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The front door features solid distressed wood for an Old World character with wrought iron embellished windows. Specialty glass windows with wrought iron detailing crown the tower and cast a beautiful light grid on the interior entryway.

The front door to the tower entry is crafted of solid distressed wood giving this 6,300 square foot home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri curb appeal and Old World character. Two wrought iron embellished windows and a window arch infuse the space with natural light. A mosaic stone floor medallion adds to the grand entry and centers below a massive wrought iron chandelier.  Photo Credit: Harvey Smith

The front door to the tower entry is crafted of solid distressed wood giving this 6,300 square foot home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri curb appeal and Old World character. Two wrought iron embellished windows and a window arch infuse the space with natural light. A mosaic stone floor medallion adds to the grand entry and centers below a massive wrought iron chandelier. Photo Credit: Harvey Smith

The home’s Tuscan-inspired kitchen draws its character from its ceiling treatment of undulating barrels, beams and travertine stone insets. A bi-level kitchen island double tasks as the breakfast bar and a work area with stainless appliances to make it modern and of the moment yet in character with rustic accents such as the copper farmhouse sink and decorative copper insets.

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Another standout feature is the coffee station featuring a built-in espresso machine and service niche underneath with a microwave combo oven below.

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The kitchen opens to a two-story great room with a soaring fireplace and an 8-foot high niche made of precast stone. A wrought iron balcony walkway connects the two wings overlooking the family room below.

The two-story great room in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri opens to the kitchen and draws the eye upwards to a soaring fireplace with an 8-foot high niche made of precast stone. A wrought iron balcony walkway connects the two wings and overlooks the family room below. The ceiling treatment showcases a grid of wood beams. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

The two-story great room in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri opens to the kitchen and draws the eye upwards to a soaring fireplace with an 8-foot high niche made of precast stone. A wrought iron balcony walkway connects the two wings and overlooks the family room below. The ceiling treatment showcases a grid of wood beams. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

The wine room in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is located beneath the floating staircase with a repurposed barrel serving as wine storage. The wrought iron door is custom made and imported from Mexico. The walk-in wine storage also has a cabinet and countertop for wine tasting.

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The formal dining room in this luxury custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a ceiling treatment with distressed beams in a crisscross grid with hand printed tile insets. Note the dark stained trim that contrasts with the white walls to give the home its Mediterranean flair.

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The owner’s suite features a barrel ceiling and master bath with a soaking tub that shares a wall with a shower on the other side built for two.

The master bath in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a barrel ceiling punctuated by an elegant wrought iron and crystal chandelier with a soaking tub that shares a wall with a shower on the other side built for two. The double entry shower features a wrought iron window overlooking the soaking tub. The master bath exudes Old World elegance with generous use of stone. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

The master bath in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a barrel ceiling punctuated by an elegant wrought iron and crystal chandelier with a soaking tub that shares a wall with a shower on the other side built for two. The double-entry shower features a wrought iron window overlooking the soaking tub. The master bath exudes Old World elegance with generous use of stone. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

Master suite closet with crystal chandelier in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features his and her side with separate entrance.

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The hallway in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a barrel ceiling embellished with travertine stone insets and lit by indirect LED lights.

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The barrel ceiling is echoed throughout the home adding curves to soften the home’s rusticity.

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The plaster walls in the office echo the home’s exterior terra-cotta color. Rich wood detailing includes the distressed double entry wood doors accented with wrought iron pulls, the wood plank ceiling treatment and custom built-in bookshelf. Click below to watch our video tour of this 6,300 square foot Mediterranean home in the latest episode of Trade Secrets by Jorge.

 

 

 

 

Two-Story Tower Curb Appeal in Single Story Home

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Villa Capozoli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a single story with 4,440 square feet of living space.

Villa Capozzoli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a single story with 4,440 square feet of living space.

Villa Capozzoli has the dramatic curb appeal of the tower entry but cleverly designed by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri as a single story home. The clients wanted to honor their Italian heritage with Tuscan architectural and interior touches in a floorplan that maximizes the home’s stunning lake view.  The home is located in the tree-lined gated community of Lake Forest known for its magnificent lake and lifestyle amenities.

Villa Capozolli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a single story with 4,440 square feet of living space.

Villa Capozzoli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a single story with 4,440 square feet of living space.

Villa Capozzoli embodies the clients’ lifestyles with telling features such a unique two-story master closet built as a craft room, a Tuscan countryside painted tile vignette over the range and the initial of their last name artfully crafted into the wrought iron and glass front entry double door, the winery door and window.

a spiral stairway leads to the second floor craft room over the master closet that becomes a beautiful look out tower on the exterior in Villa Capozolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A spiral stairway leads to the second floor craft room over the master closet that becomes a beautiful look out tower on the exterior in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

 

The client's last name initial personalizes many of the living spaces such this wine cellar door in Villa Capozolli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The client’s last name initial personalizes many of the living spaces such this wine cellar door in Villa Capozzoli designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The kitchen’s barrel and beamed ceiling sets the tone of a Tuscan country home with a large double island that serves as a casual dining area in lieu of a breakfast nook.

A barrel ceiling with beams creates the ambiance of a Tuscan country-style kitchen  in Villa Capzolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A barrel ceiling with beams creates the ambiance of a Tuscan country-style kitchen in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The builder created contrast with two-toned cabinetry in dark and light. Old World features including the wrought iron double-door pantry and iron chandelier balance out the modern sleekness of stainless steel industrial grade appliances.

The kitchen's double island serves as a casual dining space in place of a breakfast nook in Villa Capozolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The kitchen’s double island serves as a casual dining space in place of a breakfast nook in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A precast stone range hood frames the 48” range tempered with stone and wood.

 

The circular foyer is crowned by arched windows to infuse plenty of natural light in the entryway anchored by a stunning chandelier. Upon entering, a step down into the great room reveals a spectacular view of the tree-lined lake and resort-style pool.

The tower entry leads to a circular foyer crowned by arched windows to infuse plenty of natural light in Villa Capzolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The tower entry leads to a circular foyer crowned by arched windows to infuse plenty of natural light in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The wine cellar draws character from its unique LED-lit old barrels mounted as storage.  A wine tasting bar top and storage underneath add to its functionality.  The wine cellar gets its aged patina from faux painted walls.

The wine cellar artfully stores bottles in mounted LED lit old barrels in Villa Capzolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The wine cellar artfully stores bottles in mounted LED lit old barrels in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The great room with its beamed vaulted ceiling draws focus to a stone fireplace and seamlessly integrates with the open kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling glass and wood pane doors open up the view to the pool and waterfront.

 

The great room with floor to ceiling windows framed by wood panes opens up the stunning view to the lake and resort-style pool in Villa Capozolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The great room with floor to ceiling windows framed by wood panes opens up the stunning view to the lake and resort-style pool in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A barrel ceiling crafted from travertine mosaics and lined by precast stone leads from the main living space into the owner’s suite.

 

A barrel ceiling crafted from travertine mosaics and framed by precast molding leads to the master suite in Villa Capzolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A barrel ceiling crafted from travertine mosaics and framed by precast molding leads to the master suite in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The owner’s suite showcases the home’s most unique ceiling treatment, a barrel ceiling with its silhouette artfully lined in stained trim in a crisscross pattern.

 

The owner's suite in Villa Capozolli showcases a barrel ceiling with its shilouette traced by  criss-crossing stained wood strips in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The owner’s suite in Villa Capozzoli showcases a barrel ceiling with its silhouette traced by criss-crossing stained wood strips in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

Throughout the home, precast stone 8” baseboard and 16” crown molding on the ceiling add drama to give the home a sense of history, as if it was built centuries ago.  The master bathroom floor weaves together a color palette of reds, golds and browns in travertine stone.

 

The master bathroom draws  warmth from its sun-kissed color palette of travertine stone on the floors in Villa Capozolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The master bathroom draws warmth from its sun-kissed color palette of travertine stone on the floors in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The home’s 4,440 square feet of living space also includes an office, two guest rooms and a bonus room.

 

A floating stone vessel sink in the guest bath is framed in travertine mosaics in Villa Capozolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A floating stone vessel sink in the guest bath is framed in travertine mosaics in Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

The exterior of the home undulates with two towers, the main entry in the center and a square look-out tower off to the side that serves as the second story of the home’s master closet.  Pavers in a sienna color palette lead up the driveway to a fountain and dual facing garages, one to house two cars and another single car garage.

 

Villa Capozolli greets its visitors with the soothing sounds and serene beauty of a fountain at its entrance.

Villa Capozzoli greets its visitors with the soothing sounds and serene beauty of a fountain at its entrance. Notice the last name initial of the homeowner’s on the double door entry, a repeating motif throughout the home that personalizes the living spaces.

The home’s resort style pool and spa cast a beautiful glow at night with its fire pots and blue mosaics and pebble bottom. The pool’s quatro foil shape is authentic to the home’s Tuscan ambiance with its cascading water that spills over from the spa into the pool.

A resort-style pool and spa captures colors of the mediterranean with blue mosaics and fire pots that cast a blue glow on the pool's pebble bottom at Villa Capzolli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

A resort-style pool and spa captures colors of the mediterranean with blue mosaics and fire pots that cast a blue glow on the pool’s pebble bottom at Villa Capozzoli, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.

 

Barrel Ceilings That Raise Eyebrows

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Brick multibarrel ceiling in kitchen of a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Brick multibarrel ceiling in kitchen of a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

A Checklist to Determine if the Barrel Ceiling is the Right Choice

The latest in home design is all about raising sight lines with architectural details. Ceiling treatments that make you look up are the main ingredients of a well-designed home. This attention to the details above is evident in the popularity of the barrel ceiling. “As a custom builder, I get many requests to create a barrel ceiling in the kitchen or a home’s passageways. This type of ceiling treatment has many incarnations that offer homeowners options for materials and price points. The barrel ceiling requires certain bones in a home: truss support, ceiling height etc. Before going forward with this ceiling design option, here is a checklist to determine if the barrel ceiling will work well for your living space,” says Orlando Custom Builder, Jorge Ulibarri. 

Ceiling Height:

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faux painted multibarrel ceiling in kitchen of a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

It’s important to take into account the height of your ceiling because the barrel ceiling will lower the height by 18 inches. Here’s why: the design requires a 12 inch drop to accommodate the radial barrel and 6 inch drop at the end of the barrel to accommodate the beam.

Ceiling Structural Support:

Brick veneer single barrel ceiling in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. This single barrel ceiling works well for hallways.

Brick veneer single barrel ceiling in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. This single barrel ceiling works well for hallways.

Not every home’s infrastructure is built to accommodate the design and weight loads of a barrel ceiling. If you want to retrofit or remodel a room to include a barrel ceiling, then you have to reinforce the existing trusses to accommodate the loads or weight of the barrel ceiling. This adds significantly to the cost of the barrel ceiling and should be factored into the budget.

Room Layout:

The barrels must align with the kitchen island and lighting fixtures. Pictured here is a brick multibarrel ceiling in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

The barrels must align with the kitchen island and lighting fixtures. Pictured here is a brick multibarrel ceiling in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

One of the biggest challenges with this type of ceiling that must determined in advance is the layout of your room. The kitchen is the number one choice to showcase a barrel ceiling. The challenge in the kitchen is to synchronize the layout with the design above. The lighting fixture above the kitchen island must be centered over the island and in the middle of the barrel. The barrels must sync up with the various other kitchen components in a way that makes sense visually and functionally.

Barrel Ceiling Materials:

Single faux painted barrel ceiling in the hallway of a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Single faux painted barrel ceiling in the hallway of a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

So you decided your home can accommodate the barrel ceiling. Now it’s time to pick the finishes. When it comes to choosing your design elements, you have several options: soffits, beams, crown molding, tongue and groove, faux finish, travertine tiles and brick veneers. You can chose to go with a single barrel or a multibarrel design. The multibarrel ceiling typically consists of three to four barrels separated by beams. If you are watching your budget, a faux-painted finish for the barrel ceiling is most affordable. If you opt for brick veneer or travertine, you have the choice of a staggered linear pattern that runs parallel to the beams or a herringbone pattern that crisscrosses or a combination of both. Another budgetary consideration: the herringbone pattern in a brick or travertine finish tends to be the more expensive of the two. Wood beams are essential elements of the barrel ceiling. You can go with the more affordable faux wood beams made of drywall or foam. Pricier options include beams made of real wood veneer. For a look at how to create faux wood beams, I invite you to view my Trade Secrets Video on Faux Wood beams as well.

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Three Tips for A Tree-Filled Lot

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

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

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

Evaluate the Root System:

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

Consider the Treetop Canopy:

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

Consult with City & County About Drainage:

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

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

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

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

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Ideas for Blending Old World and Modern Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kitchen Cabinetry, Fixtures, and Hardware:

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

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

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

Fireplaces Featuring Rustic and Modern Elements:

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

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

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

Rustic Floors with Modern Medallions:

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

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

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

Indirect Lighting Throughout:

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

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

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

Water and Fire Elements:

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

Floating Features:

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

 

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4 Home Design Trends Changing the Way We Live in 2013

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

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

Clean Simple Curb Appeal is driving design trends for 2013, custom home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Although the housing market is slowly rebounding, Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri says the tough economy is driving several trends in the new home market: the elimination of formal living spaces; unified interior and exterior space; clean, simple design and pools for entertainment and exercise, going green for energy savings.

Clean, Simple Design

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As a result of more cost-conscious design and construction, Jorge says consumers are moving away from ornate styles preferring a more eclectic look that showcases simple lines and clean design. “Clients want exterior design that has interesting movement and lines but without all the twists, turns and unusual spaces that overdone design creates,” says Jorge. Inside, clients want sleek fixtures, furniture and finishes that don’t overpower the architecture and bones of the home. Jorge says a style very popular with his clients is Mod-Mediterranean, a blend of Old World and contemporary elements.

Elimination of Formal Living Spaces:

The kitchen and Grand room   seamlessly blend together replacing a formal living room in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

The kitchen and Grand room seamlessly blend together replacing a formal living room in a home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Clients want practical, functional space as opposed to the voluminous showy square footage of the past. As a result, the formal living room is disappearing from floorplans replaced by a grand family room. Jorge says some of his clients also are eliminating the formal dining room opting instead for a dining/breakfast nook area.

Unified Interior and Exterior Living Spaces:

NanaWall seamlessly blends and extends the indoors to the outdoors, photo courtesy of NanaWall

NanaWall seamlessly blends and extends the indoors to the outdoors, photo courtesy of NanaWall

Jorge says clients want every inch of their living space to count. They are asking for floorplans that seamlessly integrate the interior and exterior living space. Indoor-outdoor living spaces are designed so that it’s hard to detect the boundaries between the two.  “I’m talking about a new breed of outdoor living where the finishes, fixtures and décor match the interior. Designs of the past were not in sync with the interiors but completely distinct with defined themes.”

NanaWall seamlessly blends and extends the indoors to the outdoors, photo courtesy of NanaWall

NanaWall seamlessly blends and extends the indoors to the outdoors, photo courtesy of NanaWall

Swimming Pools for Exercise and Entertainment

OutDoor Pool Living by Ann Rue Interiors

OutDoor Pool Living by Ann Rue Interiors

For years, there were two popular choices for the pool: the Mediterranean theme defined by a quatrefoil design, water pots and pergolas or a lagoon-style pool with a kidney-shaped design, boulders and cascading waterfalls. Jorge says today’s pools are built for entertaining and exercise with clean lines and a stylishly sleek look.

Rectangle pool in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Rectangle pool in home designed and built by Orlando Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

The pools are elongated so people can swim laps and have new social features such as swim up seating and water platforms for sunbathing. Some new pool designs flow into covered areas for shady relaxation.

Building Green is More About Energy Efficiency Than the Environment

When it comes to building green, consumers have changed their view and priorities. They are more concerned with energy efficiency rather than the environment. Jorge says green building remains a popular concept with clients in theory but in practice is often cost-prohibitive. “Clients are building with tighter budgets these days because they don’t want to invest all of their net worth into their home after experiencing the housing bust. A lot of green features cost extra upfront. Clients still want energy-efficient appliances, windows, and heating and air systems. These green features are affordable but other green features are considered upgrades in most budgets and not essential.”

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3 Tips for Picking the Perfect Lot

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Rendering of Villa Alexina, designed by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri, www.imyourbuilder.com

So you’ve found the perfect lot to build your dream home. Before you sign the contract, beware that the sticker price isn’t the total purchase cost. Many consumers fail to factor in ALL costs associated with preparing the lot for new home construction.

Looks can be very deceiving when it comes to land purchases and there are many hidden costs that only surface with the proper tests and data checks. Florida custom homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri has helped many clients find the perfect lot, working together with real estate agents as part of the “lot search team.”  Jorge says ideally, buyers should include the builder in the lot selection process. “The homebuilder knows what it will take to make the land buildable. He can guide the client in asking the right questions and seeking critical information that will save money and headaches in the building process,” says Jorge, who designs and builds custom homes throughout Central Florida.  To help you pick the perfect lot for your dream home, here are three important tips:

Get A Land Survey

Before you sign the purchase contract on a lot, it’s advisable to order a land survey that includes topographic information showing the existing grade elevations of the lot.

Soil Test the Lot

No matter what geographic area you build in, there will be special land considerations that affect the foundation of your new home. To avoid any unforeseen issues such foundation shifts and cracks due to unstable soil or in the case of Florida, sinkholes and muck, hire an engineering company to do soil testing. Soil tests will determine if the land is suitable for construction.

When you order your soil testing there are two types to request: Preliminary Testing, which costs approximately $500, and Extensive Testing, which costs approximately $2,500. Preliminary testing will take soil samples or bores  as deep as  six feet and typically include  five soil samples per half acre lot. You can request more samples  to increase the test’s accuracy. Preliminary Testing  is not foolproof.  It can fail to detect potential soil issues such as muck that can add to the cost of the lot because it will require sand fill.  Extensive Testing  makes soil borings down 20 feet for a more accurate picture of the lot’s condition.  The extra upfront costs with Extensive Testing  is well worth it because it can save you thousands of dollars in hidden costs to prep a lot for construction and  prevent you from purchasing an unsuitable lot.

Crosscheck ALL Setbacks

In some cases, there are multiple setback requirements that affect the orientation and design of a new home. It’s important to investigate and crosscheck all setback requirements of your lot. Call the county or municipality where your lot is located to find out the construction setbacks and finished floor elevations.  The later will become a crucial piece of information once you get your topographic survey.  With the finished floor elevations and your topographic survey, you will be able to determine the amount of fill that your lot requires in order to achieve your finished floor elevation.

If your lot is located in an HOA governed development, get a copy of the HOA bylaws to verify your construction setbacks from the developer or HOA.  Sometimes there is a difference between the county setback and HOA setback requirements and you must abide by the most stringent setbacks. This is a common mistake consumers make only to realize it after they have purchased the lot and have started the design and construction process.

Make sure you check if your lot is located on a flood zone. If it is located in a flood zone, make sure that your surveyor notes the designated  flood zone.  If the county has not determined the flood zone that your lot is in then  you will be paying a very high premium for flood insurance.

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Making Dollars and Sense of a Common Construction Misconception

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PressBoard Versus Plywood

Home under construction by Jorge Ulibarri that features OSB in the second-story exterior walls for superior structural integrity. www.imyourbuilder.com

It might not be pretty to look at, but its  performance in the walls of a home proves looks can be deceiving when it comes to superior structural integrity.

As a luxury custom home builder, Jorge Ulibarri says his clients expect the best products and materials in their new homes, which is why many question the wood product commonly known as Pressboard or OSB (oriented strand board). This wood structural panel looks like a collage of wood pieces glued together but despite appearances, OSB is far superior to plywood in strength, durability, and price.

A close up look at OSB or “pressboard” structural panels that are superior to plywood in residential construction

For Florida homes, OSB performs better than plywood in the climate’s high humidity and moisture. “I find that plywood has a tendency to delaminate or buckle in hot, humid climates,” says Jorge, who uses OSB for the second-story floors and exterior framed walls of his custom homes.

OSB panel used in the exterior wall as seen in the framing stage on home under construction by Orlando Custom Home Builder, Jorge Ulibarri, www.imyourbuilder.com

OSB also has fewer weak spots or gaps than plywood. As an added benefit, OSB is both stronger and less expensive than plywood.  An OSB panel costs $3-to $5 less than a sheet of plywood. According to PATH, a Public-Private Partnership for Advanced Housing Technology, OSB saves approximately $700 in a typical 2,400 square foot home.

How’s it Made?

So what exactly is this “pressboard” as consumers like to call it? OSB is made from wood ground into thin strands in cross-oriented layers, compressed, and glued together. Unlike OSB, plywood comes from thin sheets of wood laid perpendicular, compressed and glued.

Plywood is made from thin layers of wood glued together but has more weak spots than OSB (pressboard)

OSB has been around since 1978 and has evolved to become the leading wood panel material used in residential construction throughout North America. “Building in climates such as Florida, it is inevitable that the construction site will encounter rain. OSB will weather this exposure a lot better and preserve the integrity of the structure,” explains Jorge.  Whether to go with plywood or OSB is a critical decision in the building process. Jorge advises consumers to ask what type of wood and wood structural panels will go into their new home.

OSB Is Affordable and Durable

Price alone should never dictate key materials in a new home; however, OSB is that rare exception that offers affordability AND durability . For more design ideas and new construction tips, subscribe to the video series Trade Secrets by Jorge, available on YouTube. If you have any questions or comments, please write us below. As with all of our blog postings, neither  the writer nor Jorge Ulibarri, the builder, receive payment or  compensation  for the ideas, information and opinions expressed. The intention of this blog is to educate consumers on the homebuilding process.