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The Most Popular Room in Florida? A Designer Pool Deck!

At Jul 10, 2017

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Florida, once famed for sweet, juicy oranges.
Our Sunshine State has one enviable asset that few other states can even dream of;
Year round warmth and sunshine!

With so much to do in Central Florida, even the toughest of golfers and theme park fans succumb to the need to slow down, relax and laze around in the sparkling clear waters of the refreshing pool.
Pool Designs have evolved at lightning pace here in Central Florida thanks to the growing awareness that outdoor fun needn’t be something to sweat about!

While we proudly showcase one of our most recently completed vacation rental pool homes within Reunion Resort, near Walt Disney World, we thought we’d share some cool tips on what makes a perfect luxury custom home pool design!

  • Keep the pool size in proportion to your yard space and home to avoid overwhelming the home or the yard.
  • Leave enough paved space around the pool for pool furniture and sun beds.  Think about a typical family gathering by the pool to help you decide what’s enough space, then double it for friends and relatives too!
  • Pool shapes are fun to create, but rectangular is the most cost effective and can really look classy with the right detailing.
  • Pick the right color coating to keep things upbeat!  Dark surfaces can create a ‘murky and uninviting effect’.  Blue works well, and the lighter the color, helps you spot any water maintenance issues before its too late.
  • Simple running water makes the pool come to life.  Beware of excessively tall fountains and deep cascades.
    Soothing sounds are great but crashing waterfalls will be most unpopular when you want to drift off in the shade for an afternoon nap!
  • Sun shelves are a nice upcoming tend, offering a a place to rest your sun bed in the shallows.  Perfect for those that like the idea of being in the pool without the ‘wet!’
  • Little seats and ‘caves’ built into the pool sides are relatively inexpensive to create, but add tons of appeal for youngsters to play in.
  • LED lights have added a lot of interest to poolside evenings.  You can choose any cool you like to suit the evening mood, or slowly vary lights automatically throughout the night!
    The longer lasting LED lamps also reduce maintenance costs!
  • ‘Beach entry’ or ‘zero entry’ shallow ends, create a nice safe and predictable spot for younger kids to play.
  • Infinity edge pools were originally designed for sea front homes, to create a seamless view that joins the ocean and pool water.
    Although popular for inland pools, the effect is kind of lost, and the metal edges can reduce access around the pool.
  • Often overlooked, pool bathrooms can be invaluable.
    Kids need towels, toilet visits and showers, making the slippery indoor flooring a safety hazard if they are constantly dashing in and out of the main home!
  • Hot Tubs – Originally created for ‘cold climates’, hot tubs have even caught on in Florida!
    Great places to hang out if the temperatures drop a little, or kids want to warm up a little in between the sun and pool.
  • Fire pits are great for those topping up the degrees during those lovely Floridian winters.
    Gas units are great, but add a zip timer to the system to prevent burning gas all night!
  • General Pool Safety – Always follow the pool safety rules in your state and never leave children unsupervised for even the most briefest of moments.
    A great, interesting view on pool safety from TotalOrlando.com
  • Thanks to allseasonspools.com for another great project at Reunion Resort Orlando!
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Did it Really Take 22 People to Furnish A McNally Home?

At Jun 30, 2017

A familiar story.
Owner arriving at the weekend, last minute finishing touches to lighting and trim.
The lovely smell of fresh paint.
Sun beating down over a brand new, pristine luxury pool.
It all looks so calm.
Until that is, the furniture arrives!

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With the precision of a marching band, the strength of a special forces unit and the creativity of an award winning design team, Masterpiece Interiors and the McNally construction team, combine forces with Reunion Resort’s finest contract specialists to create the most beautiful 12 bedroom golf view mansion yet.
In just 2 days, McNally’s 14,000 square foot, 12 bedroom, 17 bathroom house was transformed into an ‘owner ready’ dream home!

All of our combined efforts required 3 moving trucks, 10 movers, 3 furniture assemblers, 2 drape installers, 1 artwork installer, 2 glass top and mirror fabricators, the lead interior designer and 3 of her staff.
Controlled chaos… McNally style!

The final result is truly breathtaking and we are looking forward to the professional photoshoot (coming soon, after the owners have enjoyed their first ever stay in this stunning Reunion Resort custom mansion!)

More on this home soon, as we write about some of the gorgeous features of Reunion Resort’s latest and greatest luxury custom home.

 

12 Bedroom Mansion Reunion Resort

Our Latest Luxury Custom Home within Reunion Resort. Joins the Magical Vacation Homes rental program in July 2017!

 

 

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Current Vacancies – FULL TIME HANDYMAN

At Jun 13, 2017

FULL TIME HANDYMAN NEEDED

Due to the ongoing development of our luxury custom home division, we would like to speak to you, if you are this person;

  • Full time skilled handyman
  • For maintenance and construction work on McNally job sites
  • All round experience needed, including, framing, trim, drywall, plumbing, some electrical work
  • Candidate must be self motivated
  • 40hr working week
  • Please email your resume/application to info@mcnallybuilds.com
  • Pay rate will be dependent upon experience.

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Visit Our New Model Homes at Reunion Resort

At May 31, 2017

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The McNally team are very proud to showcase their latest homes!
For a limited time, a selection will be open for guided viewing in the prestigious luxury gated golf community of Reunion Resort, Orlando.
With just a 10 minute drive to Walt Disney World, Reunion is famed for its ‘hot location’ and stunning custom vacation homes.
Contact us for available dates and let us work together with your family to create the ultimate vacations of the future.

Alternatively, keen eyed investors can benefit from the very profitable opportunity, by placing the home into a reputable vacation rental program.
Whatever you decide, McNally Homes at Reunion Resort is a proven route to success.

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A Taste Of McNally’s Creative and Craftsmanship!

At May 26, 2017

We take great pride of our luxury custom homes and owners, but this week’s blog allows us to take a step back to admire our work!

Our brief video presentation offers a brief insight into our previous work, along with a glimpse of some of the new designs that will soon grace the prestigious golf courses of Reunion Resort, Orlando.
A big thank you to all of our owners, past and future!

 

Searching for a reputable luxury custom home builder?
We’d love to help you discuss your next dream home.
Our experts are willing to guide you, at no cost to yourselves.

Click here to Contact us!

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Homes of Tomorrow Will Be Like This – (Part 3) – Technology & Climate

At Apr 26, 2017

Function over style always leads home design!

Fashion, trends and architecture.
A relationship that has barely altered over the course of the last few thousand years!
In a world of constant change, it seems that the details of home design simply ebb and flow.
Very little has fundamentally changed through-ought the evolution of home design.

Whatever an architect puts down is inevitably ‘temporary’ unless there’s a root, underlying demand for functionality.
Without that core need, the designs are nothing more than ‘fads’.

Over the last century, the industrialized world has been pressurized into taking home design as an increasingly important science.
Land and the availability of space, limitations of energy, water scarcity and a sudden and dramatic shift of workplaces, have all lead to the emergence of a smarter home design.

The McNally design team is leading the way with innovative designs and elegant custom homes using the power of functionality.
Of course, beauty naturally follows, when our homes work perfectly for the owners and guests!

 

Modern technology releases the power of the kitchen’s importance!

Long gone are the days that the family gathered around the TV on an evening.
Free from the need to connect through cables, Smart TVs can be installed in any location with a power outlet and decent WIFI connection.
Pre-occupied more than ever by our smart phones, the living rooms of yesterday are less used than ever before.
Mealtimes however, have always been the anchor point of family life, and well designed kitchens that double up as family and casual dining locations are in hot demand.
As teens drift in and out of social media, parents catch up on their emails, the kitchen seems to be the cool spot that offers everyone a chance to achieve what they need.
It’s a well known fact that easily accessible food gets consumed more readily.
A well stocked refrigerator ensures that kids graze on healthier food, in the presence of others!

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Repurposed Materials are arriving in style!

Reclamation and recycling methods are finally making widening the options in recycled construction.
The appeal reaches far beyond the obvious environmental benefits though.
New, exciting materials are emerging, and people really want them in their homes.
Safe, recycled glass counter tops are not only kid to the planet, they offer a twist on nature’s own work, but with added color!

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Water Conservation Systems make progress, but humans are the answer!

So far, it’s safe to say that the water reclamation cost/benefit ratio just isn’t quite there yet for most homes.
As climate change takes effect and population densities rise, there’s more pressure than ever on water supply infrastructures.
We read it often, but unless it affects us directly, we never quite grasp the impact that water has on our lives.
Some states are feeling the strain on natural resources more than Florida does, but their innovations will benefit everyone at some point.
From ‘good practice’ at a personal level, we can make a huge impact upon water consumption.
We know that you have read so much about water conservation, but the Central Florida Water Initiative has some really interesting points that may impress even the most knowledgable of us!

 

Space, the final frontier!

Space is without doubt the greatest challenge when creating the perfect luxury custom home.
Nobody seems to want to ‘reduce’ space!
Gone are the days of vast, bland and uninviting rooms.
Families require comfort, privacy and flexibility, but always a touch of charm and interest to add a senses of character to any given room.
Having spaces that can meet a wide range of needs is essential, and cool features like this foldaway Murphy bed/Office desk are so practical.
Making that flexible room space work hard for you, relieves pressure on other rooms within the home!

Let us build you that incredible dream home, right here in Central Florida!
Whether it’s a luxury vacation rental investment home, or a primary or secondary family residence, our expert team can guide you past any concerns that you may have!


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Homes of Tomorrow Will Be Like This – (Part 2) – Growing Outdoor Spaces!

At Mar 28, 2017
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Follow this link to HGTV – Top Outdoor Living Rooms

Outdoor Living Spaces will expand and integrate

One of the basic roles of any dwelling is to protect us from the environment.
So why are people exploring their balconies, gardens and yards more than ever?
3 Factors could explain the epic rise in the desire for better outdoor living spaces.

  • Better materials
    Creative flooring offers the opportunity to create the same natural looking surfaces, both indoor and outdoors.
    For years, designers have tried to integrate indoors and outside spaces, but only recently have the materials been affordable to us all.
    The result is a harmony that makes the yard a desirable, low maintenance place to relax in style.  A sheltered haven perhaps, or a safe play zone for kids to play.
  • Reduced yard space for new homes
    Lot sizes are generally reducing in size, and builders are maximizing the living spaces to suit the family needs.
    Once builders would simply grass the exterior and leave the yard design to you.
    Now that yards are smaller, their limits actually become an ‘enabling constraint’!  In other words, a challenge that works out for the better!
    It’s hard to sell a home with a useless tiny grass yard.
    But a super cool landscaped outside living area can easily be created, adding a wow factor without a jaw dropping expense.
    Fire pits, low energy lighting and stunning landscaping make that problem yard, the most desirable place in the home!
  • Owners spending more time at home
    With almost half of all US workers estimated to be working from home in 2017, there’s more demand than ever for homes to offer high quality leisure space.
    Telecommuting (as it is known) is on the rise, and workers are advised to designate areas of the home as ‘off limits’ during their work day.
    Without that discipline, the whole home would feel like an office, making those outdoor living spaces a vital element of the sense of freedom.
    Nothing beats the sounds smells and visuals of the great outdoors after a day behind the computer.

Planning consent is required for the most adventurous outdoor room designs, but the patience, effort and occasional compromise, can pay off.
Nothing can beat the sensation of enjoying the fresh natural light and air, with the benefit from carefully designed protection from the elements.

Let us build your amazing dream home, complete with an amazing outdoor living space, right here in Central Florida!
Our expertize and creativity has always been the key to our success and we’d like nothing more than to share it with your family.

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Homes of Tomorrow Will Be Like This – (Part 1) – Renewable Energy

At Mar 23, 2017
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Renewable Energy Will Finally Make Progress (Some Decade Soon!)

The pressure on energy consumption has never been so great and the outlook clearly shows that consumption must be supplied from renewables.
Homeowners are receptive to the concept of ‘free’ energy, but the capital costs, and emerging technologies aren’t favorable just yet.
Two important factors will ‘push’ renewables; need & affordability.
Fuel is still very cheap right now, even though supplies of fossil fuels are tough to extract.
The issue however, is that regions like California simply can’t meet demand as population density outstrips the electricity grid’s capacity.
Couple that capacity shortfall with increasingly extreme climate change and energy demand trends are set to grow.
It’s those ‘energy stressed’ regions that will have no other choice than to drive the demand for realistic renewable energy systems.
Not surprisingly, California based pioneers Tesla, are leading the way to an affordable solar solution.
As soon as Elon Musk’s team (and competitors) perfect renewable energy products, with longevity, forward compatibility, efficiency and realistic capital costs, the market will rapidly embrace solar energy en mass.

Solar Energy and Florida – A Match Made in Heaven?

On the face of it, Florida, enjoys an abundance of that gorgeous golden resource.
With over 60% of the average yearly daytime delivering solar energy, the Sunshine State boldly wears its nickname with pride.
But according to NOAA statistics, Arizona and California really max out with around 90% available sunshine.
We can expect those states to rely more on solar as their AC units demand more energy during warmer and warmer yearly average trends.

But will solar ever be attractive?
The aesthetics of solar panels has left a lot to be desired over the years and many signature communities have strict controls that prevent many of the conventional systems from being used.
As the image below indicates, the solar winds of change are a coming!
Tesla are on the right path if they can produce solar roof tiles in the required volumes, with assured quality and the right price.
Many doubt they will, but their CEO has the drive to make the extraordinary happen!

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Luxury Custom Homes – What’s Hot & What’s Not in 2017!

At Mar 20, 2017
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Contemporary Designs are hot in 2017!

Just because you’ve got a huge budget to call upon, there’s no guarantee your home will be luxurious!
Tasteful and considerate detailing is the key to everything in upscale custom home building.
Central Florida is however a very special place for custom homes, where outdoor living spaces offer a novel perspective.
Add the fact that our finest homes are often just a stone’s throw away from those outrageous theme parks and you have a license to get away with much, much more down here in the Sunshine State!

First Consideration: Are you building a residential home or a vacation investment home?

Does it matter?
Simply put, yes.
Themed rooms are almost an essential tool to lure in precious weeks of occupancy in vacation rental homes.
In a residential home, those over the top themed bedrooms can drive you insane, year in year out.
The more time a person spends time in those rooms, the speed at which costly remodel is needed increases.
Stay charming but neutral in residential homes, but be bold and adaptive in vacation homes in Florida!

What’s Hot in the Disney Parks Area’s Luxury Vacation Homes?

  • Outdoor living spaces allow out of state visitors to make use of the year round Floridian lifestyle.
  • Summer kitchens, gas BBQ grills and creative pools with sun shelves and water features are in.
  • Easy to use Bluetooth sound systems allow guests to connect their smart devices to specific speakers around the home.
  • Simple home automation stops guest confusion, but lowers running costs!  AC turns off when external doors are left open and pool heating is optimized to suit occupancy.
  • Well specified games rooms are big winners, especially if they have a creative theme and lots of choice on offer.  Pool tables are much lower on the food chain with younger gamers!  They want more!
    Garage conversions need to be cool, in every possible sense!  No AC? Forget it.
  • King sized adult beds are expected, all with en suite bathrooms too.
  • Kids bunk rooms with imaginative themes are the norm, so push the ideas hard to stand out from the competition!
  • Home theaters have really moved on to a very high standard.
    Projection screens are still popular in the very large theaters, but think about a smaller seating count and +75″ SMart TV’s for lower maintenance costs and better features.
    Consider using the space saved to create a hybrid games/bar/small theater ambiance.

What’s Not so Hot in the Luxury Vacation Homes Near Disney!

  • Slides are an insurance cost risk in rental homes, but they do attract occupancy, so do your homework!
  • Faux paint effects are a thing of the past as owners experiment with flat finish dry wall and well chosen trim and paint finishes.
  • Elaborate classical trim work and rustic finishes are no longer being selected by owners (or renters!)
  • Wooden floors are beautiful, but the new porcelain and ceramic tiled planking has all of the beauty without those suitcase scratches!
  • Avoid wireless TV Surveillance systems around the home.  They can be illegal and will certainly make your guests anxious!
  • Ensure that bathrooms are tiled to a high specification.  Carpets are a big ‘NO’
  • By all means keep an area locked off for you owner items, but not at the expense of guest storage or convenience!
  • Don’t leave guests without adequate parking spaces!  Divide the number of bedrooms by 2 for a rough guide to driveway spots.

What’s Hot in Luxury Residential Homes

  • Fully integrated Smart Home Automation is adding comfort, security and savings to the top of the ‘New Home’ wish list!
  • Real effect ‘fire’ displays using vapor effects are popular in the luxury custom home sector, great ambient effects without the heat.
  • Super Large TV’s are dropping in price and enable a more spacious layout for living rooms and family areas. (70″ for around $1500 at the time of writing)
  • Advances in durable flooring systems allow indoor and outdoor living areas to integrate beautifully.  (See examples in HOUZZ.com)
  • LED lighting provides a significant cost saving along with adjustable light temperatures for color effects in rooms or on pool decks.
  • Instant boiling water systems such as Insinkerator offer a safe alternative to watching that kettle boil!
  • Hidden & slimline air vents take the ‘ugly’ out of air conditioning.  (See examples on HOUZZ.com)
  • Although the luxury home market is generally moving in a more contemporary direction, there’s still lots of love around for carefully designed traditional features and accents.
    Owners look for the ‘gingerbread’ effect to lift the kerb appeal and create a comfortable ambience after a tough day at the office.  Traditional features can blend well within the right sort of residential home! (some ideas here)

What’s Not in Fashion (probably never was in fashion!) in the Luxury Home Market

  • Animal Stonework in the external grounds (unless it is a worthy monster of a home!)
  • Carpets in bath rooms.  (Anyone that has ever cleaned a bathroom will know exactly why!)
  • Mud swirl ceilings, of any sort.
  • Bidet sets in bathrooms.  Not cool, never was.
  • Latest appliance trends that haven’t stood the test of time (steam ovens, built in coffee makers quickly outdate –  thanks Keurig!)
  • Indoor water features (unless it is a worthy monster of a home!)
  • Faux wall treatments.  We’ve seen some that work beautifully, but it is very rarely done well.
  • Large imposing exterior columns (unless it is a worthy monster of a home!)
  • Outdoor trampolines and other recreational structures
  • Indoor pools (unless it is a worthy monster of a home!)
  • Statement pieces that say the wrong thing!
  • Inadequate storage in bedrooms
  • Rooms that are way to large or way too small for their intended use.
  • Complicated to understand audio and home theater systems

Let the experts take care of your future dream home!

Thankfully, the McNally team can help you turn your hard earned money into a truly beautiful and successful dream home.
Our designers and experts can guide you through each and every step of the way to create a perfect custom home for your needs right here in Central Florida!
Let the experts do the work for you!

You may be interested in remodeling your Windermere area home.
Check out our Keenes Pointe rebuild article following a shocking lightning strike!

 

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Windermere Custom Homes – Lakes & Luxury Living!

At Mar 17, 2017
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A spectacular McNally home in Windermere, FL

Central Florida’s exclusive Windermere shares a lot of quality with its English namesake.
Desirable real estate and stunning lakeland views, define two sought after rural destinations, despite a separation of almost 4200 miles.
The Floridian version comes with a few added advantages for fans that love great weather and world class entertainment of course!

Windermere Fl, offers much more than the obvious, as we try to dig a little deeper into the heart and soul of the region’s top ‘des res’ locations.

The Lakes 
Lake Butler and Lake Downs offer the largest bodies of water around Windermere Fl, but Lake Bessie (land locked) and Wauseon Bay (access to Lake Butler) offer delightful waterfronts to some prime real estate in the area.
With many homes offering easy access to the water, boating enthusiasts are treated to the 11 connected waterways of the Butler Chain of Lakes.
Inland waterfront real estate does not come better than this!

Surrounding neighborhoods

The beauty of Windermere owes a lot to its stunning natural landscape.
Mature oaks bring a touch of romance to this upscale community, often reminding us that money can’t buy what nature so gracefully provides.
Most importantly, Windermere is blessed with the presence of neighboring communities such as Isleworth, Keenes Pointe and the Windermere Country Club.

Serene, but appropriately active lifestyle!

A leisurely drive around the stunning streets of Windermere reveals the heart of the community.
An overwhelming sense of wealth and well being.
The peaceful ambience is breathtaking, but don’t be disarmed, this is no retirement village!
With water-sports, outstanding opportunities to golf and some of the region’s finest schools, Windermere is probably the perfect choice for potential buyers in search of an idyllic luxury home in the heart of Central Florida.

Windermere – It’s natural beauty prevents over development

Not many communities have an environment that offers a natural barrier to over development.
As Central Florida benefits greatly from the lure and economy of the continually growing tourism sector, some communities suffer.
Windermere and its immediate neighbors seem to be protected within nature’s own ‘bubble’.
The channels, roadways and lakes offer more than beauty however.
Over the century, they broke up the area sufficiently enough to prevent any large scale commercial developments, making them just perfect for residential communities.

Windermere Area Schools 

Private Schools

Crenshaw School (Pre-K through 12th Grade)
Premier Academy (18 mos. through 1st Grade)
Windermere Preparatory School (Pre-K through 12th Grade)

Elementary Schools

Bay Meadows Elementary School
Metrowest Elementary School
Palm Lake Elementary School
Thornebrooke Elementary School
Windermere Elementary School
Windy Ridge Elementary School (Pre-K through 8th Grade)

Middle Schools

Gotha Middle School
Chain of Lakes Middle School
Southwest Middle School

High Schools

Olympia High School
West Orange High School
Dr. Phillips High School

Windermere Restaurants

Dixie Cream Cafe
Dexter’s of Windermere
BurgerFi
Spoleto My Italian Kitchen
The Vineyard Wine Bar & Healthy Bistro
Allen’s Creamery & Coffee House

Leisure in and around Windermere

RD Keene Park – Soccer and recreation fields with boat ramp entering the Butler Chain at Lake Palmer. More information here
Windermere Tennis Courts – Park Amongst the Lakes – Annual Membership ($25 per year) More information here
Orlando Area Rowing Club – More information here

Shopping

Great shops at the intersection of S. Apopka Vineland Rd and Conroy Windermere Rd. (2 Miles Drive from Windermere centre)
Further shopping at Winter Garden Village (5 Miles from Windermere Centre)

Windermere Luxury Mansion

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