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Large Vacation Homes – Reunion’s Success Story!

At Sep 06, 2017

 

Our latest new McNally Mansion is a major success for its owners and future rental guests!

Just weeks after we completed the build, the Magical Vacation Homes team have already secured dozens of bookings, some reaching as far forward as 2018.
The exciting new 12 bedroom mansion is built on a wide double lot, overlooking the 1st fairway of the Jack Nicklaus course.

A Luxury Home – Lifestyle is Everything at Reunion Resort!

President, EJ McNally knows the winning formula; “When we build on Reunion Resort’s golf lots, it’s all about that amazing view, and that drives almost every aspect of the home’s design.  For this particular home, that spacious pool deck has been created to offer a spectacular connection with the golf course and surrounding conservation.”

With a capacity of 30 or more guests, multiple gathering and entertainment spaces are a vital part of the home’s character.
Thanks to features like the futuristic ‘space’ themed home theater, a sports bar/game room and a further TV console ‘den’, the home’s guests have lots of indoor space to choose from.
When a large group of guests return home form the theme parks, we want them to be free to relax by the pool, have fun playing games, watch a great movie, or rest in privacy, however they choose.

Owners Enjoy Excellent Returns along with Great Family Vacations!

Reunion Resort’s unique zoning, means that homes can be placed into short term rental programs.
Although the theme park area has a number of vacation rental resorts, Reunion is the only community that offers the beautiful mansion style properties that are leading the way in the vacation rental market.
It’s not unusual to see the highest specification homes yielding 20%+ returns on investment.
The secret is to get the bedroom count at 8 or above, include fabulous outdoor living spaces and recreation areas and media rooms.
Guests appear to be fixed on booking bright, spacious contemporary themed homes, with themed bedrooms and imaginative play rooms leading the way for the best occupancy.

A Few Favorite Things!

Ryan McNally (McNally’s Vice President) – When guests take their first step inside, they are greeted with an amazing vantage point of what they are about to experience.
With open living and dining areas, and walkways with surprises at every step, there’s intrigue for all ages.
The home is a never ending spectacle and we are all extremely proud of the team and all those involved in bringing this one of a kind home to fruition.

Kevin Maw (McNally’s Marketing Manager) – The detailing throughout the entire home second to none, but my favorite single feature is that gorgeous bedroom turret.
The tasteful architecture, has just a hint of ‘Cinderella Castle’ to bring the magic to life.

Cesar Lopez (Top Villas Realty) – Every time I walk the home with a prospective client, the pool area quickly becomes the center of the discussion.
The pocket sliding doors to the family living area really do create a special atmosphere out on the lanai.  Perfect for making the most of the Florida weather!

The Owner – This is our second McNally home in our portfolio of properties and we appreciate the creativity, reliability and workmanship of the McNally team.  They care about us, and that makes a world of difference when you are building a luxury home, hundreds or thousands of miles away from your home town.

View and Book the Home Online!

Magical Vacation Homes manages this home on behalf of the owner, offering a full care and reservation service.
President and founder of MVH, Leigh Bateman has built his entire operation around the management of rental investment homes within Reunion Resort and surrounding communities.
“Our owners place their assets in our care and we take full responsibility for the upkeep and profitability of the home.
With the vast majority of owners living out of state or overseas, we ensure that our marketing efforts produce industry leading occupancy for each vacation rental home.
Providing a perfect vacation is our number one goal and we take the business of caring for a=our homes and owners very seriously indeed!”
View this 12 bedroom Reunion Resort mansion for the latest rates and availability!

For the greatest luxury homes in Central Florida, please feel free to contact us on 407 973 1456 or kev@mcnallybuilds.com 

Follow this link to learn about Reunion Resort’s unique reasons for investment success!

Exclusive Article (Courtesy of the Master Custom Builder Council)

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For a full PDF Version click here McNally MCBC Builder Fall Issue 2017

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

At Feb 07, 2017

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

At Jan 18, 2017

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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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Top 10 Tips For A Perfect Luxury Home – Part 1 of 3

At Dec 26, 2016

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How often have you walked a home, only to think to yourself; that it simply lacks character?
Homes can be finished to the highest possible level, with the finest natural materials, but that cliche that ‘money can’t buy taste’ is perhaps one of the most uttered phrases in the real estate world.

So, what exactly is character?  How can an owner and builder work together to create a home with ambiance, style and charisma?
We take a closer look, calling upon some great resources from within the custom home industry!

Function
Influenced by a desire to shake off the errors of victorian urban life, eminent Swiss architect Le Corbusier defined a home as a ‘Machine For Living In’.
For many year’s that concept seemed too ‘cold and heartless’.
Today however, the idea of a home being designed as a perfect machine, for living sleeping and most importantly enjoyment, is a fundamental of modern architecture.
Break out areas, entertainment nooks and optimized views are all possible, in any home, given adequate consideration by the prospective owners, the builder and the architect.
Understanding how a family will actually use a home, is the key to a successful design!

Design
‘Wish lists’, ‘must haves’ and function, are the essential starting points of a great custom home, and along with the home’s environment and the location a great architect can begin shaping your dreams.
Owners will be delighted if the fundamentals are considered to the full, and that’s the number one aim of any custom home builder.
With a family of 5, a lot of compromise will be inevitable.  Not everyone gets their way, but a great builder becomes a fabulous mediator throughout the preliminary design process.
The location of the home has the most profound effect on design.
Floor layouts, materials and structure, are all dependent on the precise location of the home.
Harsh winters would dictate that a flat top modern design would be a difficult process in such a snow laden territory.
Dream views over a valley side, will determine the placement of rooms more than any other factor.
Climates will determine if a home needs a mud room from the garage, or a pool bathroom from the lanai.
That may seem obvious, but errors from the start of a project become very expensive to correct if overlooked.
Some great luxury home designs if you are stuck for ideas.  (Our in house design team will custom design your dream home!)

Spaces
Spaces serve so much more purpose than just rooms.  Spaces connect the whole home together, making it so much more than a collection of ‘boxes with doors and windows’.
Beautiful natural light over a stairway can transform an entrance hall into the most impressive centerpiece of a luxury home.
The appeal of a breakfast table is elevated by access onto a landscaped lanai, with hints of shared materials and form.
A cozy, peaceful corner bathed in natural light can become the perfect place for study.
The recent popularism of Feng Shui has heightened the awareness of ‘space’ within a home’s design and the relationship between doorways, windows, light and furnishings is a cornerstone of this ancient Chinese art form.
For owners and builders, the concept of balancing the key features of a home is without doubt one of the most powerful ways to build in a wow factor!
A quick look at how Feng Shui can ease the design process!

Furniture
While tastes differ, one thing should always be constant; the interplay between harmony and contrast.
Furniture selections should form a strong tie to the tastes of its users and to the architectural style of the home.
Balancing the conflict between harmony and contrast is one of the greatest challenges to home decor and it requires an artful eye and creative imagination.
Thankfully, Central Florida is blessed with some of the finest interior designers in the USA, should you want to top off your own ideas with some great advice.
Check out Zillow’s 2017 home design trends

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