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Start Your Custom Home Build With a Solid Foundation

The foundation of your house is essential to its structure. Foundation building is one of the utmost vital elements of construction when building a custom home. At Luxury Home Solutions (LHS), our custom home builders in Southwest Florida know all you can about foundations. There are two distinct kinds of foundations that we tend to concentrate on. To grasp the two methods behind constructing a solid foundation, there are a couple of things you ought to understand about this essential platform for your home.

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Monolithic Slabs

Monolithic slabs are created by employing one concrete pour. Normally, this is often a four-inch thick block of concrete. It’s thicker wherever there are supporting walls or on the outside edges. Monolithic slabs have a variety of advantages. For one factor, they’re quicker to make. Another reason is they’re sturdy. Correct construction includes reinforcement of steel and fiber mesh. This makes them even stronger. They will be strengthened even more with post-tensioning.

Post-tensioning is often employed in environments wherever there are poor soil conditions. Since soil is a main support of foundations, the behavior of underlying soils is often important to the foundation system. To strengthen the slab so soil conditions don’t cause moisture vacillations or settlement, a checker-like structure is built. This method is formed from stiffening ribs with reinforced steel and post tension cables created from high strength steel enclosed in plastic sheathing. The method referred to as post-tensioning greatly boosts the strength of the foundation.

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Stem-Wall Foundations

There are precisely three elements to the Stem-Wall Foundation method. The primary part is a spread footing that transfers the load onto the underlying soil. The second element is a masonry foundation wall. Finally, a poured block is added as the top part. These foundations are very sturdy and have several advantages for home foundations. For one, there’s less fill needed for slanting or uneven land. This is often a result of the foundation wall engineered at completely different heights, effortlessly accommodating slanting land and reducing the obligation to level the land.

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Now that you know the basics of a solid foundation start your home build by calling LHS at 239‑728-2143. We are a custom home builder in southwest Florida including; Fort Myers, Naples, Estero, Alva, Sanibel and Marco Island. View our homes we have built on our New Construction page, then you can get started on your home project by letting us know what you want here.

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How to Utilize “Forgotten” Spaces in the Home

When you build a custom home with Luxury Home Solutions, you work with a team of designers that will help you create a space that is uniquely yours.  In homes, there are so many ways and opportunities to take your home to the next level and give it a real “wow” factor. One way to do this is to focus on spaces in homes that are often forgotten or overlooked and transform them into something functional, beautiful, and clever.

Whether you’re building a new home or looking to remodel a space, we wanted to share some inventive and useful remodeling ideas that can breathe life into old spaces or make new spaces truly stand out.

  1. Create/install a bookcase under the staircase. This way, the space under the stairs is no longer wasted and is functional and aesthetically pleasing.
  2. Have a few of the stairs in the staircase open up to use for storage. Again, this allows for you to get the most out of your space in your home.
  3. Create cabinets with glass doors under the staircase to use for storage. You can store anything from kitchenware and wine bottles to shoes and coats under here.home renovation | Naples custom home builder
  4. If you like to host parties or have a big family, install a second dishwasher into the kitchen, and a mini fridge into the center island.
  5. Turn the baseboards underneath your kitchen cabinets into drawers to maximize space.
  6. Add a platform area in a room that acts as a hidden storage area. The platform can open up to store anything from toys and clothes to electronics and books.
  7. Build a bar onto alongside the railing of your deck or patio area to add additional eating room areas for you and your guests.
  8. Use any dead or empty wall space in your kitchen with a built-in wine rack.

Looking to remodeling your home? Or design a new home with unique built-ins like those listed above? Let our team at Luxury Home Solutions help you get the job done. We are a luxury, custom home builder located in Southwest Florida; we build and remodel homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, and other surrounding towns. Click here or contact 239-728-2143 to get started with us today.

 

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How To Pool Table Design

Pool tables are frequently a central point in special game room transformations; they’re a great way for both children and adults to hang out. Installing a pool table is often a difficult task and it’s predominantly because of one reason, spacing. Imagine finishing your home entertainment room remodel, and realizing you don’t have enough room to play. It’s a nightmare that’s far too common.

Well, Luxury Home Solutions (LHS) is here to save the day! Below we’ve placed a chart, created by PoolDawg, which informs homeowners precisely how much space they’ll need in order to correctly use their pool table. Understandably, these distances may change slightly from person to person depending on height, stance and comfort level.

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If you need more assistance to get your pool table set up and to create a game room of your dreams please call LHS at 239-728-2143.  Let us help you create a stunning game room for you and your family to enjoy every day. We remodel build custom homes in Naples, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and other Southwest Florida cities. To contact us about your project click here!

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Take it Easy Next To Your Own Custom Indoor Pool

In Florida, it’s a no-brainer that people spend a lot of time in and around the water. It is the Sunshine State. With warm temperatures year-round, residents and visitors spend a lot of time at the beach and at swimming pools. Many homes in Florida have their own backyard pools. Unfortunately, if it rains or gets a little chilly or if it’s just too muggy to even lay outside by the pool, these pools go unused. However, indoor pools give their owners the opportunity to go for a dip in an ideal temperature at all times. And you never have to worry about leaves or animals getting into the pool!indoor pool

Indoor pools truly are the cherry on top of a luxury home. At Luxury Home Solutions, we will work with you to design an indoor pool for you to enjoy year-round with friends and family. Here are a few design ideas for you to ponder as you create this room.

  • Install fountain spouts that surround the pool and pour water into the pool.
  • Install large windows and glass doors in the room that give views to the outside, so it gives you the feeling of being outside in the water without actually being outside.
  • Make one of the walls behind the pool mimic a waterfall with water cascading down for a dramatic effect.
  • For a European look, install columns all around the pool.
  • Install a fiber-optic ceiling above the pool for a magnificent starry night look in the room; this is another way to bring the outdoors inside.
  • Plant trees, flowers and other plants around the pool to create a tropical lagoon feel.
  • If you’re a fan of fish, you can install a salt-water aquarium inside the pool, so you can swim (safely) right by the marine life.
  • For a real getaway, design the room to look like the inside of a cave.
  • Install a bar right in your pool so you can swim up to get a drink!
  • For a classy look, install chandeliers over the pool.

The ideas and options for an indoor swimming pool are endless. Let us help you create a stunning pool room for you to enjoy every day. Call our team at LHS today. We build homes and remodel homes in Naples, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and other Southwest Florida cities. To contact us, click here or call 239-728-2143.

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Top 6 Kitchen Plan Blunders You Don’t Want to Make

A lot happens in your kitchen — cooking, cleaning, eating, drinking, and socializing— making this the core of your home. That’s why the kitchen requires both beauty and functionality. Regardless of your kitchen design preference, function and layout are indispensable. Here are Luxury Home Solutions (LHS) top six blunders to avoid in order to attain both a useful and well-designed kitchen.

  1. Impeding the Kitchen Triangle – The kitchen triangle links the three main work areas in the kitchen; the sink, the range, and the refrigerator, this area has the greatest activity that requires careful planning and unhindered access. Of the three, the sink typically sees the most action; it should have easy access to the stove and refrigerator, as well as your countertop workstations. Regardless of your kitchen’s size or layout (L-shaped, galley, U-shaped or island), the sum of all the three sides of the triangle should be between 13 feet and 26 feet with the distance between these areas no less than 4 feet and no larger than 9 feet. If the work triangle is too tiny, people will be stumbling over each other; if it’s too big, food preparation could be a strenuous chore.
  2. Wasting Storage Space Kitchens normally hold lots of food and appliances. Not only that but items, such as food processors or pasta makers, are often oddly shaped and need a lot of space. One big design mistake is not including enough storage. Just about every kitchen has wasted space, but this can be reduced with adequate preparation and planning. If your kitchen is small, consider installing extra-long upper cabinets for further storage space. Always put cabinets in above the refrigerator; not utilizing this space is a waste of storage for big or seasonal items. Lastly, put in shelves on the back of the lower kitchen cabinets; this adds up to 4 square feet of storage.

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  1. Inadequate Counter Space – One of the biggest grievances about kitchen designs is the counter space deficiency. There are so many things that happen in your kitchen that need countertop space, as well as appliances that are permanently situated there, you want to fit as much counter space in as possible. This can be accomplished by adding an island or breakfast bar to your kitchen. You could even wall mount the microwave or put it below your countertop in a cabinet nook.
  2. Poor Lighting – The kitchen is one room where you can’t have poor lighting. It’s not only a matter of atmosphere, but also safety when it comes to working with sharp knives and additional kitchen tools. Use pendant lights or a series of mini-pendants to improve the beauty of your kitchen. Pendants look great above sinks, while a series of mini-pendants work well over breakfast bars or kitchen islands. Install under-cabinet lights to guarantee that the counters have the appropriate lighting for common kitchen tasks. If you have the space for a window put one in – natural light is the best source of light!

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  1. Selecting the Wrong Kitchen Island – When it comes to kitchen islands, we commonly think of extra storage, preparation and serving space in the kitchen. However, kitchen islands can waste a lot of space. Selecting the wrong island or putting it in the wrong spot can be a calamity, especially in a work area that can get very messy. Islands that impede the flow of the kitchen triangle and primary workplaces will create restricted access in the kitchen. An island ought to be at least 4 feet long and 2 feet deep, furthermore, it must have room for people to move and work around. Top home builders and remodelers say that unless your kitchen is at least 8 feet deep and 12 feet long, you shouldn’t even contemplate an island.
  2. Ignoring Your Recycling – As recycling has become more widespread, dealing with the trash in kitchen planning has gone further than placing a trash basket under the sink. Plan your kitchen to manage your trash and recycling efficiently — integrate sorting boxes for recyclables into your kitchen plan to make sure you are effectively using space and making it easy to recycle.

Use a professional home builder or remodeler to take on your kitchen design project; it could actually cost more money, time, and energy to do it yourself. The professionals at LHS have the latest designs and can help you identify your needs/wants and translate them into a well-organized design that fits your style and budget.

Contact us for your project by calling 239-728-2143 or fill out our project form to get a quote. LHS builds custom homes and remodels homes throughout the Southwest Florida area.

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Top Luxurious Flooring Options to Use in Your New Home or Remodel

When designing your own home, this is your chance to put your individual mark on everything. From top to bottom, you get the opportunity to make your home truly yours. One of the decisions you will have to make for your home is the flooring. The floor can certainly help set the tone and create a feel for a room. When choosing flooring, you want to go with a floor type that will reflect not only your style but the purpose of the room. High-traffic rooms and areas need more durable floors that can handle wear and tear, while less-frequented rooms can have more delicate flooring.

No matter if you’re remodeling a room or working on a new build, you can customize the flooring to whatever your heart desires. Why stick to the predictable tiles, laminate, or hardwood floors that every other home has these days? Go bigger! When you go custom, you can choose a high-quality unique, luxury flooring that will beflooring a great asset to the room.

At Luxury Home Solutions, we wanted to share some trendy, creative, and luxurious flooring options that you’ll want to try out in different rooms of your home.

  • Instead of a wall-to-wall carpet for a room, opt for carpet tiles. With carpet tiles, you can create a unique and contemporary look. This flooring can be made as unique as you want; you can choose from many colors, patterns, stripes, and more.
  • Love the look of wood? Go with reclaimed wood flooring. This will give the room some character since the wood is aged. Also, you’re recycling materials by using reclaimed wood.flooring
  • You can also put hand-scraped hardwood on the floor. The wood planks have been individually fashioned by artisans that create a unique look to each board. This style of wood gives the room a vintage look.
  • If you like tiles and art, go with a mosaic tile floor. You have so many options, including; handmade tiles, reclaimed tiles, imported tiles, glass tiles, pebble mosaic, or you can custom design and entire mosaic onto your floor. You can work with a mosaic artist to create a masterpiece right on your floor.
  • Natural stone is a great flooring option if you’re looking for elegance and luxury. Marble is a great choice!

Choosing flooring is just as much of a personal choice as picking out furniture, light fixtures, or wall colors in your home.  Our designers will help you with the flooring choices and will offer advice on how and where to best use the materials you’ve chosen throughout the home. We build custom homes and remodel homes in the Southwest Florida area. Call 239-728-2143 or click here to get started on your dream home today!

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What Is a Home Construction Loan (Qualifications & Process)?

Building your own house will be a beautiful and fun experience – however, it can even be an extended and high-priced operation. Most cannot afford to pay money for the price of home construction up front, and obtaining a mortgage will be tough. After all, you’re asking a bank or a mortgage loaner to grant you cash for something that doesn’t even exist yet. A standard mortgage loan is not going to cut it – though you could be eligible for a special kind of loan referred to as a home construction loan. Luxury Home Solutions has an overview of what a home construction loan is, how to qualify, and the process.

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What is a Home Construction Loan?

A home construction loan is usually a short-run loan accustomed pay for the cost of building a home. It’s going to be offered for a set term (usually around a year) to permit you the time to build your home. At the end of the construction process, once the home is done, you’ll need to get a brand new loan to pay off the construction loan – this is often generally referred to as the “end loan.”

Essentially, this means you want to refinance at the end of the term and enter into a spanking new loan of your selecting (such as a fixed-rate 30-year mortgage) that’s a more standard finance choice for your freshly completed house.

Qualifying for a Home Construction Loan

The bank or lender is loaning cash for one thing that’s to be made, with the belief that it’ll have a definite worth once it’s finished. If things fail – for example, if the builder does a poor job or if property values fall – then it might end up that the bank has created a bad investment and that the property value isn’t the maximum amount of the loan.

To try to safeguard themselves from this problematic outcome, banks typically impose strict qualifying necessities for a construction loan. These typically include the subsequent provisions:

  1. A Qualified Professional Builder Should be Involved. A professional builder is a licensed general contractor with a longtime reputation for building quality homes. This means that you just might have a particularly arduous time finding an establishment to finance your project if you’re aspiring to act as your own general contractor, or if you’re engaged in an owner/builder scenario.
  2. The Loaner Requires Detailed Specifications. This includes floor plans, additionally details regarding the materials that are about to be employed in the home build. Builders usually put together a comprehensive product list. Details typically include everything from ceiling heights to the kind of home insulation to be used.
  3. The House Worth Should be Estimated by an Appraiser. Though it will appear tough to appraise something that doesn’t exist, the lender must have an appraiser contemplate the Product list and specs of the house, as well as the price of the land that the house is being built on. These calculations are then compared to other similar homes with similar locations, similar options, and similar size. These different homes are referred to as “comps,” and an appraised price is decided based on the comps.
  4. You’ll have to Place Down an Oversized Payment. Typically, 20% is the minimum you need to put down for a construction loan – some lenders need the maximum amount of 25% down. This ensures that you are invested in the project and won’t just walk off if things get difficult. This conjointly protects the bank or loaner just in case the house doesn’t turn out to be worth as much as they expected.

Providing that you meet all these standards and have decent credit, you would qualify for a construction loan. Normally, lenders require information regarding your income and your current home, just as they would with any regular mortgage loan.

How Home Construction Loans Work

Once you have qualified for and been approved for a construction loan, the loaner begins paying out the cash they agreed to loan to you. However, they’re not just about to provide the builder the money right away. Instead, a schedule of draws is set up.

Draws are selected intervals at which the builder will receive the funds to continue with the project. There could also be many draws throughout the period of the build. As an example, the builder could get the primary 10% once the loan closes, and the next 10% when the lot is cleared and also the foundation is poured. The consecutive influx of cash could come when the home is framed, and so on till the house is complete. The number of draws and the amount of everyone is negotiated between the builder, the buyer, and the bank. This helps make sure that everything is heading in the right direction and that the cash is being spent as it ought to.

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If you want a custom home a construction loan may be the right choice so you get your dream home. Ready to create the luxurious and beautiful home of your dreams? Our team at Luxury Home Solutions will work with you to create your perfect house. We are a luxury, custom home builder in Southwest Florida. To start creating your dream home today, call us at 239-728-2143 or click here for more information.

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Tips for Designing Your Own Custom Dream Closet

Clothes are a part of many people’s identity; it’s another way for them to express themselves. So, why hide away all your clothing in a dark, tiny closet? If you’re thinking about building your own custom home or doing a renovation, don’t overlook the opportunity to design and create a luxurious closet and dressing room area. This room or closet space can be its own conversation piece.

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At Luxury Home Solutions, we guide our clients through the luxury and custom home remodeling or build of their home from beginning to end. Clients are involved every step of the way. We want to help make your dream space a reality. Below, we’ve shared some great and creative ideas for designing a closet or dressing room area.

  1. Design your closet to look like a boutique. Build clear shelving units into the walls to display all your shoes and purses.
  2. Build islands in the center of the closet, which are great areas for packing and folding. You can also create an island with a glass top so you can view accessories stored underneath.
  3. Install motion sensors so backlighting will turn on when you enter the room.
  4. Why have a dark closet? If we wear our clothes outside, we might as well see what they look like in natural light, right? Build a window or overhead skylight into your closet to brighten up the space.
  5. Use vibrant colors in the closet to brighten your day right from the start.
  6. Add mirrors to the walls or doors, it makes the room feel larger.
  7. Make your closet/dressing room multi-functional. Add a built-in makeup vanity in there. Now, everything you need to get ready is in one place.
  8. Combine your closet/dressing room with the laundry room. This way, your dirty clothes can easily find their way into the washer; or, if you needed to iron a shirt quickly, you have the iron and space handy to do so.

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Ready to create the luxurious and beautiful walk-in closet of your dreams? Our team at Luxury Home Solutions will work with you to create the perfect space that will reflect your needs. We are a luxury, custom home builder in Southwest Florida. To start creating your dream closet or dressing room today, call us at 239-728-2143 or click here for more information.

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4 of the Best Small Bathroom Design Ideas to Create Functionality

In the home remodeling industry Luxury Home Solutions (LHS) has seen its fair share of small bathrooms. As a general contractor, you need to be creative to get small bathrooms to meet the client’s needs. Through the years 4 of the best small bathroom design ideas that create functionality have become staples for remodeling and home design professionals. LHS has the four best design ideas for small bathrooms for you.

Add Clever Storage:

Instead of stuffing them in massive cupboards, showcase your colorful, textured towels in open shelving. This can add warmth and lively colors to your bathroom and eliminate unwanted giant furnishings. Alternative ideas include; stack floating shelves to feature storage in a very modern manner, colorful storage ladders showcase personality and are an excellent place to store containers, and wood crates that can be stacked and drilled into the wall or placed on the ground for easily accessible storage.

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Change the Toilet:

Most people fancy having maximum space around the toilet, albeit this is often not perpetually a practical choice in today’s little lavatories. If you’re able to swap out the toilet, they’re available in smaller sizes that take up less floor area and permit for additional space around them. If you can’t change the toilet, attempt to minimize floor items like scales, trashcans, and laundry hampers within the bathroom. The additional floor space you can see and use, the better you’ll feel.

Bathtub/Shower Fixes:

In most tiny bathrooms you either have a combination bathing tub with the shower within otherwise, you solely have a shower. If your budget permits, lose the shower curtain and add a glass door enclosure. Glass will produce the illusion of a much bigger lavatory, and once you’re using the shower, it will feel larger too. Think about employing clear or lighter colored shower curtains if putting in a glass door isn’t a possibility. If you’ve got tall ceilings, install the curtain at a higher head height to elongate the feeling of the space.

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Adjust LIGHT:

Dark colors can make the area feel smaller and lighter colors will make the room feel larger. If you have the luxury of having natural light pour into your bathroom, it will feel abundantly larger. Mimic the sensation of natural light with neutral and sunny tones that feel warm and welcoming. Modify your light bulbs to ones that emit a warmer glow. Light bulbs play an enormous role in how you see yourself in the mirror. You will hate using the lavatory if you hate how you look in the mirror!

Even though your bathroom is little, you’ll be able to still love its potential. Using 4 of the best small bathroom design ideas and love your restroom once more. Looking to start a bathroom remodel? Let LHS help you. Luxury Home Solutions remodels homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and other areas of Southwest Florida. To contact us, click here or call 239-728-2143.

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Make the Upgrade With These Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Most people spend a lot of time in their kitchens. Kitchens are often the focal point or heart of a home. People gather in kitchens for conversation and food. Since we spend so much time in this room, it makes sense that we want it to look its best and function well. Whether big or small, an update to your kitchen can breathe new life into your home. Whether you’re just looking for new cabinets or a whole new layout for your kitchen, our team at Luxury Home Solutions can help you create a design that reflects your needs and style while also adding value to your home.

Our project managers provide clients with renderings of the kitchen’s layout, door styles, countertops, color selections, and more; we want to make sure your vision comes to life.

There are many reasons why a person decides to do a kitchen renovation, including being tired and bored of the current kitchen or finally wanting to make the kitchen more “your own.” Common things to upgrade in a kitchen include; countertops, backsplashes, sinks, faucets, appliances, cabinets, windows, doors, plumbing, lightings, and flooring.

When doing a renovation, this is your chance to have fun with design and dream up amazing ideas that you will love to use and see in your kitchen. Below, we wanted to share some creative kitchen renovation ideas for you to keep in mind when you decided to give your kitchen a makeover.

  • Build in open shelves to display certain dishware and decorations; this will also make your kitchen look larger.
  • Add texture and color to the ceiling.
  • Go for high coffered ceilings.
  • Get your refrigerator paneled to look like the cabinets.
  • Get a built-in coffee maker.
  • Open a wall in the kitchen with a window to another room like the dining room or living room.
  • Install antique-looking cabinets.
  • Use stained glass on the cabinets.
  • For an exotic, luxurious look, go for Sapele Mahogany or Brazilian Cherry cabinets.
  • Install a wood hood for your oven.
  • Get a sink made from stainless steel, copper, marble or granite.
  • Frame appliances with posts or columns.
  • Design room for a built-in garbage container and cutting board.
  • Build a large walk in pantry with a barn door.

Kitchen renovation  is an exciting experience. And once it’s done, you’ll want to spend even more time in it! Looking to start renovations? Let us help you. Luxury Home Solutions builds custom luxury homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and other areas of Southwest Florida. To contact us, click here or call 239-728-2143.