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

At Mar 28, 2017
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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

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)

 

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Why Central Florida’s Luxury Homes are Thriving

At Mar 10, 2017

Luxury Custom Home at Reunion Resort

The McNally team has never experienced such a demand for high end luxury homes, despite a rising trend on construction costs!
‘New build’ luxury communities are progressing well and Central Florida’s custom home market has never been so healthy.
Our marketing team are confident that they know why!

Despite a slight reduction in overseas visitors dues to foreign currency rates falling against the dollar, the domestic economy is booming both nationally and locally.
This is driving the biggest demand for large custom homes, as the North American buyers become increasingly aware of the ‘hidden gem’ investment communities such as Reunion Resort.
With its unique ‘short term rental’ zoning, Reunion’s large luxury mansions are no longer a secret.  The word is out that the return on investment is strong.
With what we would describe as ‘serial owners’, we are seeing our previous clients come back for second homes and more.
Structured correctly, with the right product, owner investors are experiencing mid 20% ROI.
All with the benefit of a place they can use themselves for their own vacations!
Ryan McNally – Vice President of McNally Construction Group

The vacation rental market isn’t all that ‘drives the thrive’ within Central Florida’s construction industry.
The world’s theme park capital is also experiencing an unprecedented boom in investment.

  • A whole new water park is emerging in 2017 at Universal Studios (Volcano Bay)
  • Animal Kingdom is reinventing itself as a night time show venue
  • Pandora: The land of Avatar will debut this summer
  • Disney’s Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land are under development at Hollywood Studios
  • Margaritaville Resort is being developed by the 192 area of Formosa.
  • The USTA National Tennis Centre will be calling Lake Nona home shortly
    Kevin Maw – Marketing Manager at McNally Construction Group

The effect of those investments within the region is already creating the next wave of exclusive permanent residential homes.
More than ever, Investor/executives that are going to be calling Florida home.
After all, with year round warmth, unrivaled leisure and entertainment opportunities, we cant think of any place better to be!

Further reading that you will be interested in;

 

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Custom Home Design – Seeing Is Believing!

At Feb 13, 2017
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Artist Rendering of a Reunion Resort McNally custom home!

At McNally Custom Homes, we have enjoyed making full advantage of our team of digital rendering experts.
Now our prospective owners can readily visualize their dream homes, long before the dirt is even dug on their undeveloped lots.
More importantly, most prospective Central Florida home owners live out of state, or are non US Citizens, making the reliance upon digital media even more significant.
Modern digital renderings and artists impressions are completely invaluable to the luxury custom home builder.

Can you imagine parting with your life savings for something that you can’t even visualize?
Builders once sketched out designs as 2 dimensional floor plans and trusted that the client was happy with the architect’s judgement.
Even if the occasional client could ‘read’ drawings, the chances were that something ended up as a surprise in the final home.
Unexpected design oversights were every architect’s and builder’s nightmare.
Those unintended mistakes lead to compromised homes that lasted a lifetime!

Digital Renderings – A New Era of Customer Satisfaction!

Thankfully, with our digital interpretations, we can smooth the way for a successful custom build.
Once the preliminary designs are agreed, the McNally architects can create a detailed CAD file (CAD = Computer Aided Design)
From that, we begin the painstaking design of the home’s aesthetic detailing.
Elevations are styled and discussed with clients, and we home in on the eventual feel of the home and its landscaping.
At this point, the design team develops the all important renderings that translate those technical line drawings into ‘a real home’.

Once the renderings are completed, two important processes begin!
The McNally design and construction teams work together to identify areas that will improve the home’s function and appeal.
Floor plans are great, but renderings offer an added perspective of how the finished home will actually be.
Here’s an example of what we look for in renderings;

  • Any aesthetic improvements that can be made (large ’empty’ walls etc)
  • How materials and paintwork interact (we can change colors at the click of a button!)
  • Do any areas of the home lack curb appeal?
  • Will large windows need some consideration for privacy etc
  • Does the home need more or less detail to maximize the aesthetic appeal?
  • How does the home interact with nearby buildings of sight lines etc
  • What landscaping will accentuate the appeal of the home?
  • How sunlight affects the home during parts of the day

Once we adjust those initial points, we send the first pass to the client.
The responses are always positive, even if the client spots something that they’d like to change.
Replies always include words like ‘Wow’ or ‘Awesome’ once the client has quickly viewed the design.
This is the client’s opportunity to explore the design and add their feedback to the McNally design team.

From that point, we can adjust the detailing even further, or if the client requests; offer different angles of the home and produce ‘3D’ flyovers and 360 tours of the home’s exterior or interior.

Our general business goal at McNally is to exceed our customer’s expectations, by building the finest luxury custom homes within Central Florida.
Advanced design processes are a wonderfully productive and satisfying way of achieving that!

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Top 10 Tips For A Perfect Luxury Home – Part 3 of 3

At Feb 07, 2017

Contemporary luxury bedroom

Living
Perhaps one of the most important yet difficult rooms in a home to design, the living room has to deal with the biggest workload.
Tradeoffs are inevitable;
Lots of natural daylight puts a spring in our step, but can interfere heavily with TV screens.
Nice tall double height ceilings are impressive, but late night chatting can travel up into bedrooms.
Understanding how a family will function in a home will enable the best design.
Placement of the living room in relation to the rest of the home is key to keeping the family connected together, and a surge in open layout designs has been hugely popular.
Looking for ideas on living room design?  Try this blog post on HouseBeautiful.com

Dining
Sofas, breakfast bars and nooks have pushed the formal dining table out of common use these days, but a great dining room is a pleasure to use on special occasions.
With enough room for elbows and walking around, even the smallest formal dining room can add a little magic to a family occasion or celebration.
Accents tend work very well when based around a table centre piece, a great light fixture and some cool artwork.
If you have room to spare for some accent chairs and cabinet, the dining room will reward your efforts!
Some great dining room designs

Bedrooms
Perhaps the most ‘under planned’ room of the home, the bedrooms take care of for at least a third of the day, but often get treated as a ‘box’ with a door on it.
Often bedrooms are designed with ‘Now’ in mind, but people’s needs change rapidly and every effort to ‘future proof’ a bedroom design can pay rewards.
Bedrooms need to be warm, bright and welcoming by day, yet cozy, restful and quiet by night.
Positioning is key for a restful night, away from pool pumps, AC units and other noisier family members.
Consideration should be given to how a bedroom for pre-schooler will cope with that same kid as a college student.
Space for relaxation, study, hobbies and music are the key to success of a great bedroom design.
Enabling the bedroom owner to play a role in design and decor is always a great move (sometimes in moderation!).
Some great visual ideas for bedroom designs.
Design tips for rooms with limited space.

Bathrooms
Bathrooms really fall into two distinct categories, defined mainly by lifestyle.
If kids are happy just to have their own shower and privacy, a nicely tiled, relatively simple bathroom can do the trick and at a relatively low cost.
After all, most kids want to spend as little time in that room as possible!
Things get a little more costly when the bathroom begins to serve as an extension of our lifestyle.
If your epitome of luxury, is a glass of wine by candle light, chatting to your partner, then costs are starting to rise already.
The size of the bathroom, the tiling and room for seating and twin vanities soon bump the price up, but it’s your dream home!
Teenagers might not want to take a candlelit bath in your top specification dream bathroom, but they may want to get ready, put their makeup on with their best friend chatting beside them.  That adds a little extra space onto your oldest daughter’s bathroom for sure!
Some great visual ideas for bathroom designs.

Storage
Christmas, Halloween and hobbies place an unexpected burden on your storage needs.
So do seasonal clothing and equipment.
Be sure to plan ahead and build in as much storage space as possible, but equally don’t go crazy.  More space = more clutter!

Automation
Automation, (the internet of things), home security and lighting control are all hot topics at the home design shows.
Although technology is changing rapidly, the infrastructure is thankfully stable.  In other words, what you commit to now, probably won’t need a major rewire of your home in 10 years time.
Cat5 cabling, WiFi and Bluetooth are industry standards for the ‘bells and whistles’ of Hi-Tech gadgetry.
Technology is always changing though, and the best advice appears to be to tread lightly, keep costs and complexity to a minimum, but design your automation needs around the lifestyle of your family.
View this great youtube video Intro to Home Automation 2016

Top 10 Tips For A Perfect Luxury Home – Part 1 of 3 can be found by following this link!
Top 10 Tips For A Perfect Luxury Home – Part 2 of 3 can be found by following this link!
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Lake Nona Area Custom Home – Lake Hart

At Jan 30, 2017

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McNally Construction Group is very proud to announce our latest custom home in the Lake Nona area of Central Florida.
This stunning 5 bedroom mansion will soon go under construction in the leafy and idyllic location at Shady Oak St.
With grand old oaks, a canal side view and direct access on to Lake Hart, this location has it all.

Lake lots throw up a few challenges from time to time (read more about lake lot homes here), but nothing too difficult for the experienced engineers and architects on the McNally team.
We look forward to sharing our monthly updates of the design and construction of this beautiful gem just off Kirby Smith Rd, Orlando.

Although secluded and perfectly private, the home is ideally situated within the ‘Medical City’, ‘Eagle Creek’ and ‘Lake Nona’ areas of Narcoossee Rd.
With leading schools, shops and restaurants nearby, this highly sought after lake location really does offer that ‘best of both worlds’ habitat.

To find out more about living in the Lake Hart area of Central Florida, contact us for available homes and lot sites that are for sale.
Our specialist realty team will find the perfect home within your budget in the Disney parks area and beyond.

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Top 10 Tips For a Perfect Luxury Home – Part 2 of 3

At Jan 18, 2017

Designer Kitchen Reunion Resort Florida

Accents
Whenever you walk into a magnificent room, there’s usually one, maybe two signature accents that define that room as being special.
Often inexpensive, rarely small, those accents add to the ambiance, without overpowering the whole landscape of a living space.
From simple sheets of mirrored glass, to a magnificent occasional table or vase, a carefully placed accessory can have the same effect as a well chosen tie or piece of jewelry.
Accents offer the opportunity to add a statement into a living space and should never be used to ‘fill a void’.
Check out Trulia’s 2017 Design Trends

Colors
Light neutral and natural tones are often highly recommended by realtors as a ‘safe bet’.
They help sell homes, mainly because they offer the least distraction to a buyer, but for a family home, it can often pay to become a little bolder!
For some inspiration, don’t get too hung up on any one article on what’s trending!  After an hour of research you will soon discover that EVERY color is trending according to the experts.
Our advice is to just do a simple Google Image search for ‘Best Home Decor‘ and pick out the images that suit your needs best.
After all, your family will be living there!

Lights
We mentioned jewelry in our accents section.
From an exterior perspective, lighting is the jewelry hero of modern architecture.
With fabulous and diverse designs, sophisticated control systems all coupled with incredibly low energy lamps, there has never been a better opportunity to illuminate our homes with care and consideration to our neighbors and the environment.
Advances in energy efficient, directional lighting have increased the opportunity for owners to create welcoming, secure homes, without polluting the air and skies.
Internal lights share those same advancements, keeping heat gain to a minimum, with controllability that we could only have dreamed of 10 years ago.
Auto sensors, color temperature for mood lights and even remote access from a smart phone all add to the magic of a dream home.
Best of all, we’ve practically seen the end of blown fuses, broken filaments and high energy costs from our home’s lighting systems!
For inspiration, check out the Google Image search for luxury lighting ideas.

Windows
Did we mention jewelry before?
OK, our last mention goes to windows.  Often viewed as the eyes of a home, windows keep us warm, dry, insulated from the elements and of course bathed in natural light.
What we often forget, is that they also provide an architect with a huge opportunity to reveal the form of the home from the outside.
A great architect can use windows to reveal subtle details of a home, without forgoing privacy.
Night time is however, the time to use those impressive panes of sealed glass to their full, as they transmit or reflect the available light around them.
As with lighting, technology has advanced, keeping insulation to the highest levels, but preventing solar gain from overloading air conditioning systems.
Investing in great windows is always a great choice.
For inspiration, Google Images search for luxury windows ideas.

Kitchen
Kitchens sell houses.
OK, so you’re building, not selling a house, but this Trulia article makes a perfect point.
People LOVE kitchens, mainly due to the fact that food is such a fundamental and social part of our lives.
Kitchens enable us to take care of those that we love, but demonstrate our creativity to those around us when we cook.
A well designed kitchen, whatever the size, is always the most popular venue for party goers.
Great kitchens tend to have a few important traits; good cabinets that suit the rest of the home, impressive but not costly counter tops, uncluttered surfaces, a few very well chosen accents and great lighting and extraction.
Nice kitchens sell houses because people love nice kitchens.
It’s always worth that extra effort to get this room just perfect!

Part 1 of 3 of our Top Tips For a Perfect Custom Home is right here!
Part 3 of 3 will be coming in March 2017!
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International Builder Show Drops in at Reunion!

At Jan 16, 2017
2017 International Builders Show

2017 International Builders Show – Orange County Convention Centre

Orlando was the proud host of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) annual exhibition last week.

Importantly for Reunion Resort, 4 bus loads of investors, developers and prospective home owners descended on the community to view the magnificent luxury homes in our prestigious golf community.

The intrigued visitors had booked an ‘industry excursion’ of the region to embark upon a whistle stop tour of 5 luxury home builders from the Master Custom Builder Council within the Central Florida region.
Reunion Resort was represented in the itinerary by McNally Homes President, EJ McNally to offer a ‘before and after’ perspective of the build process.
One of McNally’s 2014 9 bedroom homes on Castle Pines (9394 sqft) was presented by 5 Star Villas Inc offering an insight into the appeal of Reunion Resort’s thriving vacation rental market.

The construction process itself was showcased showcased with McNally’s astonishing 22,000 sqft – 3 floor mansion that is currently in progress on Grand Traverse Parkway.

Reunion Resort Realtor, Cesar Lopez supported EJ McNally during the event, and we caught up with him to find out more about the questions being asked.

“We were definitely encouraged by the interest shown by the industry’s leading figures during the ‘Reunion’ portion of the NAHB showcase.
The delegates seemed to be caught off guard by the level of detail, innovation and high specifications in our luxury vacation rental homes.
The fact that McNally Homes showcased 2 homes speaks volumes about the appeal and quality of their team’s workmanship.
As we presented my client’s 9 bedroom McNally home on Castle Pines, it was clear that the hundred or more visitors had a lot of great questions and interest in Reunion Resort for a vacation rental home.
As we know, its zoning for short term rental, long term rental and residential, does make the resort the most unique opportunity in Central Florida.
We look forward to working with McNally on more successful projects in the future!”

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