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The fashionable Coco Chanel was nothing if not pragmatic. “Luxury must be comfortable,” she proclaimed. “Otherwise, it is not luxury.” That apparently straightforward notion could have served as the mantra for this fashionably new Olde Naples home on the waterfront. Nestled within a lush, tree-lined neighborhood in Olde Naples, there is a new Key West-style home that exudes the relaxed ambiance of the quintessential Florida lifestyle. In an area known for its quaint and historic character, this custom-built coastal home was designed with much thought to its graceful waterfront location and serenely relaxed views. When the sun begins its daily descent, the shadows of this stately and beautiful waterfront home — with its twinkling interior lights –— glisten off the lake like a Monet painting. Luxuriously expansive, casually elegant,...
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WEBER DESIGN GROUP of NAPLES, FLORIDA Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award   Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals   Naples, Florida  —  January 21, 2013 – Weber Design Group, Inc. of Naples, Florida has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The 20 year old Architectural Firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.   The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals.  Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as...
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Interestingly enough, this week we have an entire new list of house plans that have gained interest! In summary, these house plans range from small single story home plans to midsize two story houses!  For the most part they are Tuscan/Mediterranean house plans: First on the list is our Tierra De Palma House Plan – A perfect home plan for a large estate sized lot, it has two stories and a 3 car garage. Next is the Laverra House Plan – this home plan is frequently in our top 10 list and it sold today to be built in North Carolina!  A casual living single family house plan with split bedrooms and a large great room. Following the Laverra House plan is our Montserrat House Plan – a great home plan for a small narrow lot as it is only 40′ wide. Our next house plan to make the list is...
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This is the first blog of a series we will feature each week that shows which house plans gained the most popularity for the week before. We often times get builder clients that want to know, “what is selling now” so here they are… the most popular house plans of the week! The most attractive house plans for the past week have been home plans around 2,500 square feet.  Out of the following plans, all but one have ended up on our top 10 house plans before! The first house plan is our Murano Home Plan!  This Mediterranean house plan has always been a crowd favorite, it even has two alternate floor plans; both are larger and one has a second floor!  A little something for everyone! Next is the Verandah House Plan, again not a surprise – the Verandah house plan has been on our top 10 lists...
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More progress from our client in Yucatan, Mexico! Below are pictures showing the progress of building our Cordova House Plan one of our mexican style house plans.  The client is very excited that the roof is about to be poured, yes, roof is being POURED! (concrete home plans) Pouring concrete roofs is not common practice on house plans here in the United States.  The entire roof will be poured all at one time!!  You will see in the photos below how they have prepped the house for this, very interesting! “…mexican style house plans” So as you can see any of our home plans can be customized  to be built in any region, climate, ect!  Some other changes we have done: wood frame conversions, ICF & steel structures, and concrete floors!...
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Several years ago we had the pleasure of working with Marie Bietsch, a Realtor in Texas.  She purchased our Venetian House Plan and built it and sold it.  She did a wonderful job of creating a virtual tour and shared it with us.  It can be found here: Venetian House Plan I welcome you to click on that link and enjoy the walk through of our Venetian House Plan. #naplesarchitect #naplesflorida #venetianhouseplan  
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You built it where? Although we are located in Naples, Florida we sell our house plans all over the country and all over the world.  For example, a large portion of our home plans are sold to the great state of Texas!  Texas, like Florida is also bordered by the Gulf of Mexico so our coastal house plans are popular, but Texas is a big state, and the homeowners and developers of the inland lots have great interest in our Mediterranean house plans. These inland lots do not need house plans that are built with concrete blocks; therefore, we modify them to be built as wood frame construction. Another option some Texas home owners prefer is adding a ledge to incorporate brick to the exterior of the homes.   Below...
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Client update on house plan purchase The Yucatan Peninsula located in SE Mexico between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea enjoys a year round climate that is hot and humid.  This region has a deep cultural heritage that is still prevalent today, including some houses built with straw rooftops. Although our client had us make some changes to our Cordova house plan, changing the roof to straw was not one of them.  We did though, increase the covered lanai to help to shade the house from the strong Caribbean sun and add an outdoor fireplace & outdoor kitchen for more al fresco dining options.
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Naples Architects, Weber Design Group It seems fitting since our architecture design roots began in beautiful Naples, Florida that we do a blog post about “our town” and its hallmark architectural styles. Naples was originally founded in the late 1880’s at a time when the majority of the Floridian population was concentrated in North Florida.  The railroad didn’t reach Naples until 1927.  During that time, a wealthy adventurous publisher named Walter Haldeman was recruited by Senator John S. Williams of Kentucky to explore and develop the little town he had discovered.  By 1889 they had constructed beach houses, a pier and a 16-room hotel. One of the beach houses was “Watterson Cottage” which is where Henry Watterson stayed during his working vacations as a guest of Walter Haldeman. This cottage...
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First, let us explain what exactly is “ICF” – the acronym refers to Insulated Concrete Forms – which are essentially foam blocks that interlock, are dry stacked (without mortar) and then filled with concrete. Similar to a Lego toy, the modular foam blocks create the form for the structural walls of an ICF House Plan.  The hollow centers are filled with concrete which is reinforced using steel reinforcing bars to give the concrete flexural strength.
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