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

At Mar 20, 2017
Reunion Resort Trending Home Designs 2017

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!

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Lake Nona Area Custom Home – Lake Hart

At Jan 30, 2017

Lake Nona Custom Homes

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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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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