Westmark Construction Blog

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 10:42

The 5 Benefits of Building

Westmark Construction Company specializes in building luxury dream homes in the Vero Beach area of southeastern Florida. We’ve found our niche in the high-end recreational market, catering to the needs and wants of our valued customers. You can find our most satisfied customers reclining and relishing in the custom-made home of their dreams, made possible by our expert construction teams.

While we offer assistance in everything from land sales to condominiums, our true passion is building one-of-a-kind residential homes, and it’s where we find our customers are happiest. Here are what we consider to be the top five reasons to start from scratch with Westmark Construction.

  1. Start Fresh. With spring just around the corner, who doesn’t love a fresh start? Some existing properties or homes can be associated with things of the past or have even visible reminders of past residents. Building a home is simply the epitome of a new beginning. Your new home will house nothing but the happy memories to come.
  2. Focus on Efficiency. The older a home gets, the more its energy efficiency decreases. Building your own home will allow you to have the most up-to-date technology possible when it comes to your home’s energy efficiency.
  3. Set Your Own Time. Buying a home can be exhausting simply because the housing market – especially in Florida – is highly competitive. A home can go on and off the market in the same day. Avoid the stress and set your own time table for your Florida move. Our expert teams will take care of everything and keep you updated along the way so you don’t have to move until you’re ready.
  4. Look at Layout. Have total control over the layout of your home! We’ll be sure to bring to life a layout that makes sense for your specific lifestyle. You even have control over how your home is positioned on the lot when you choose to build. We’re able to make sure that the morning sun is let in (or kept out!) of the master suite, depending on your preferences. Love to entertain? We’ll be sure to incorporate an open floor plan to accommodate your guests, inside or out, for years to come.
  5. It’s 100% Yours. When purchasing a home, you never know exactly what you’re getting until you move in. Squeaky floor boards and drafts that seem to come out of nowhere can be annoying, unforeseen nuisances that you simply don’t have to worry about when you build from scratch. Our Westmark Construction team will ensure that your home is built to your exact specifications, from the top of the chimney down to the foundation.

There are so many reasons to build a home, and Westmark Construction is here to help ease any concerns you may have. We’re happy to answer any questions you have too! To get started, call 772-234-2978 or email info@westmarkconstructioncompany.com to get started.

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 09:31

New Look, Same Quality Service

For nearly 20 years, Westmark Construction Company has been offering premiere construction and development services to the greater Vero Beach area in Florida and beyond. Working on projects like those at Palm Island Plantation, our teams are dedicated to creating the best experience that results in only the highest quality outcomes.

That being said, we’ve had to grow and change a lot over the last 20 years to accommodate and reflect everything from changes in style and popular trends to updates in materials and processes. In this ever-changing industry, we acknowledge these updates and reflect those in our work.

We’re especially excited to announce a little update of our own. In line with the turn toward modernism in design, we’ve made a small update to our brand as a whole, including a new logo. But don’t worry, we’re still backed by a great family of companies, a brilliant team of expertise, and a network of satisfied customers.

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 10:27

Remodel vs. renovation. Yes, they’re different and we do both!

Prime real estate in the Vero Beach region of Florida and beyond is a hot commodity, regardless of its condition.  Very seldom do properties stay on the market long, but they also tend to need a little TLC with they change in ownership. That’s where Westmark Construction comes in. Recognized as one of the leading luxury builders in Florida, we have the knowledge and skills to help make your home a dream home. But before either of us heads for the sledgehammer, are you looking to remodel or renovate?

While these two terms – remodel and renovation – are often used interchangeable when talking about the vision for a space, there’s quite a bit of difference on the construction side of things, and it all comes down to use and functionality.

Remodel

The remodel of a space, to put it simply, is to change the function of the room, oftentimes to accommodate a new need. For example, if you’d like a bigger closet and plan to take space from a hallway or bedroom to create the walk-in closet of your dreams, this would be considered a remodel; you are transitioning the function of that space from being a bedroom or hallway to being a closet. You can also look at it as it relates to the layout of a space. If you’re changing the walking paths or breezeways of a room, that is signal that you’re remodeling, not renovating.

When speaking of remodels, the conversation typically turns to one of two spaces: kitchens and basements. Kitchens are arguably the most valuable room in a home. Therefore, it’s important that the layout or your kitchen fits your lifestyle. Any sort of major reconfiguration of the space – moving appliances, changing doorways, etc. – all fall under the category of remodeling.

Renovation

If you think of remodeling as changing the functionality or structure of a space, conversely, renovation is making changes or enhancing what is already there. Renovation is typically what comes with “freshening up” or updating a home. This includes the cosmetic features like faucets and light fixtures, but can also include things like flooring and cabinetry.

While remodeling a space is typically the project that comes with a higher price tag due to codes, extent of labor, and permits.  Renovating a space can give you the look you want but not always the feel. Whatever you’re looking for in a space, Westmark Construction can help make that dream come true.

Have a project in mind? Schedule an appointment with a Westmark Construction representative by calling 772-234-2978.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 14:42

The Island Atmosphere: Your Lifestyle, Our Inspiration

Westmark Construction Company has the esteemed privilege of being the premier builder of the homes at Palm Island Plantation. This exclusive community on the barrier island of Vero Beach, Florida is one fit for a life of luxury. The combination of the leisurely lifestyle and the tropical atmosphere is the inspiration behind our designs of each of the homes at the Plantation.

When walking into one of the homes, whether it be one of the beachfront Estate Homes, Carriage Homes, or Courtyard Homes, you’ll feel the sea salt air come in with you. Each of the homes are inspired by the romantic architecture of the British West Indies and have a sense of what we’ve dubbed “island charm brushed with tradition.” In short, this means that residents can enjoy the luxuries of modern, minimalistic design coupled with the traditional architectural elements such as large, sweeping floorplans and elegant lanais, balconies, and verandas.

Much of our island inspiration stems from the lush tropical landscape. Due to the near perfect weather that Vero Beach enjoys year-round, we’re able to center our architectural designs around coveted outdoor living spaces. As these covered porches, patios, and outdoor kitchens are where our clients enjoy spending their times, we’ve incorporated the look and feel of the natural Florida landscape into the other areas of our homes. From a seaside color palate to our intentionally chosen textures and wood and stone elements, everything that goes into creating our island paradise homes is carefully crafted to be conducive to a life of leisure and luxury.

Interested in the island lifestyle? Schedule a tour of Palm Island Plantation by contacting their main office at 772.234.6500.

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 15:38

Crown Molding Fit for a King (or Florida Resident)

When tasked with creating the most luxurious homes at Palm Island Plantation, Westmark Construction envisioned creating homes that were both structurally stunning AND delectably detailed. The homes we’ve constructed on the Palm Island property are the most coveted homes in the Vero Beach region, and we take pride in knowing that these homes are the epitome of luxury.

Our teams have built these homes from the ground up, using nothing but materials of the highest quality and working with architects and designers who are the best in the business. The lifestyle and atmosphere of Palm Island Plantation serve as the main inspiration for the three home style categories: Estate, Carriage, and Courtyard. Each of these home styles offer breathtaking views, spectacular architecture and finishing touches you’d only find in high-end homes across the country.

One of the smaller, but incredibly important components of our homes is the incorporation and strategic use of crown molding. By including crown molding in the interior designs of our homes, this feature draws the eye up to our expertly crafted ceilings and gives the illusion of a wider, airy headspace which complements our already open floor plans. This feature is the finishing touch that take our homes from magnificent to magical.

In addition to this effect, the incorporation of crown molding is a timeless tribute to classic European architecture. The use of such an element dates back to the ancient Greeks. Though they relied mainly on natural stone for their construction, we’ve simply modernized the materials but kept the integrity of the classic design. This flows perfectly into the atmosphere of Palm Island’s properties. The architecture reflects that of the ambiance of the British West Indies, featuring large windows, open verandas and island charmed brushed with tradition. Crown molding perfectly complements both this architectural style and the island lifestyle.

View the flawless combination of elements in our portfolio to get the full effect or tour one of the homes still available at Palm Island Plantation. Call 772-234-6500 to get started.

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:11

Choose Renovation, You’ll Be Glad You Did

The property in Florida is no doubt in high demand and has been for quite some time now. This has led to a constant state of land development over the last century or so, scooping up much prime real estate for commercial and residential projects alike. This makes for many as-is realty sales, often to the dissatisfaction of the customer. That’s where we come in.

The combination of near-perfect climate and luxury lifestyles leads many to the eastern coast of Florida, in our case, the Vero Beach region specifically. The real estate in this region is highly sought after due to its unique ocean views, lively culture, and covetable climate. Our role, then, is to take the ideal location and turn it into a tropical oasis that far exceeds our clients’ expectations.

Due to the rich history of the region, many of the properties found along the cost have been there for quite some time. Therefore, they can contain features, structures or layouts that don’t necessarily align with the new residents’ lifestyles. Our team of highly trained specialists is here to ensure that you get the most out of your investment.

Though sometimes hard to visualize, our team can create almost anything you would like to see in your new home. We have a partnership with one of the area’s leading custom cabinetry design companies – Signature Kitchens of Vero Beach. We also collaborate with expert architects, should your vision include any structural changes. We specialize in creating your dream home, one nail at a time.

Things like layout, flooring, outdoor living spaces, cabinetry, etc. are all cosmetic details in our eyes that can be amended to fit your vision. Choose the ideal location, and we’ll take care of the rest. Give us a call today for a quote on your next renovation project at 777-234-2978.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 16:45

3 Ways to Prepare for your Westmark Construction Renovation

Because Florida realty is in high demand, we’re finding that many of our projects involve creating dream homes from existing structures. Working closely with our clients, we transform these spaces into the tropical oasis you’ve always dreamed of.

This transformation doesn’t happen overnight, however. There are many moving parts when it comes to a home’s renovation. Here are three tips to ensure that your upcoming renovation is seamless and smooth:

1.       Talk with us. As simple as it sounds, this is a key component to ensuring a successful project: communication. While we actively communicate with our clients throughout the projects, it’s important that you provide any and all feedback so we can complete our project to your complete satisfaction.

2.       Clear the space. You might be renovating a new home that is completely empty. This makes things a little easier for us, as there are fewer things to worry about. But if you’re enlisting our expertise in renovating your current residence, we want to make sure that all of your things and belongings stay safe. So move, cover, or put in storage any furniture, décor, and nonessentials during your renovation period.

3.       Go with the flow. Know that delays can happen throughout your own renovation as problems and hiccups arise. Sometimes electrical lines aren’t where the blueprints say they are or the foundation isn’t as strong as we anticipated. Know that we will do our best to deal with these situations in a timely matter but also keep in mind that things like this might affect our overall timeline. Trust that we’ll do everything the right way, however, sometimes that take a little extra time.

Every renovation project is different, but with these tips and the help of the Westmark Construction team, your dream could be reality. 

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:31

Keeping Your Home Protected

Westmark Construction Company has the esteemed privilege of being the premier builder at Palm Island Plantation. This exclusive community on the barrier island of Vero Beach, Florida is one fit for a life of luxury. The combination of the leisurely lifestyle and the island-like atmosphere is the inspiration behind our design of each home at the Plantation. Another very important topic we take into consideration when designing a home and selecting materials is – YOU.

Living along Florida’s Atlantic Coast, while a very sought after lifestyle, also comes with hurricane season each year. It is vital to our builders that your safety during these times is in mind during each construction project. As we approach hurricane season (June 1 – November 30, 2019) we are sharing what we do on our end to keep your home safe.

The local building codes in Palm Island Plantation require high-impact windows and doors be installed, as well as roof fasteners. Additionally, hurricane shutters are selected from a local shutter company in the Vero Beach area and installed by our team. While we do the initial work to prepare your home to be as safe as possible in the event our area is affected by these traitorous storms, it is important that you and your family are prepared in other ways.

1.       Plan your evacuation route well ahead of time.  In the event of an anticipated storm, you may be required to leave your home. Know what you will take with you and where you will go for safety until you are cleared to return home.

2.       Keep non-perishable emergency supplies on hand. Avoid the long lines of people making their way through the store aisles when disaster strikes. By keeping items like canned goods, cases of water bottles and batteries at home, you will be a step ahead of those out shopping at the last minute.

3.       Know how to securely close and fasten hurricane shutters. The hurricane shutters will protect your windows from opening in the event of a storm. Ask our professionals how to operate the shutters to close them properly should they need to be used.

4.       Review your insurance policies. It pays to understand your coverage and what it will replace or allow you to rebuild in the event your home is damaged or you lose personal belongings. Contact your insurance provider to ask what your current policy will cover and to see if changes need to be made.

5.       Take steps to protect your home – Check! Our team at Westmark Construction Company put the thought and time into the outdoor preparedness in case of these situations. If you have any questions about our materials, please feel free to reach out and ask.

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:23

From Land to Luxury: How we construct your dream home.

Our top-of-the-line homes aren’t built overnight. There’s a lot of work both in and behind the scenes to creating our luxurious, signature homes, such as those at Palm Island Plantation.

Before breaking ground we work with a skilled team of architects and designers that create detailed blueprints and plans, ensuring all loose ends are tied and the details nailed down before we break ground. We value the planning stage the most because it is where we see visions become a reality; it’s where we’re able to work with potential homeowners and create their dream home literally from the ground up. Once the vision is in sight and materials collected, we prepare the construction site.

Once everything is assembled, our first step is dig and pour the foundation, giving the home a sturdy base to weather storms and ensure the longevity of the home. Next we construct a rough frame and mark out plumbing, electric, heating, air, and ventilation, adding in each component when and where appropriate. As the structure begins to take shape, we flesh it out with the insulation; we need to make sure that Florida heat stays out and the refreshing A/C in. We then begin to drywall the interior of the home while putting the finishing touches on the exterior of the building.

Next comes trim, flooring, and countertops before appliances, fixtures, painting, doors, and landscaping. In many cases, we look to the expertise of companies like Signature Kitchens of Vero Beach to ensure our homes are top-of-the-line, stylish, and of course, practical.

The last piece of the puzzle is a final walk-through and finishing touches. From here, we step aside and let this new house become a home. Interested in our process or expertise? Visit www.westmarkdevelopment.com or give us a call at 772-234-2978 for more information.

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 16:17

The Westmark Key to Performance

As Westmark Construction is one of the leading luxury builders in the state of Florida, we take pride in knowing that our projects perform and please long after our teams leave the job sites. Our coveted expertise, attention to detail, and renowned craftsmanship speak to our rising reputation.
When Westmark Construction takes on a project, we know that performance takes center stage. At each phase of the project, we take into consideration performance from two points of view: the performance of our crew and the performance of our work.

Proper permits and permissions are the first steps when we approach a project. Our designs and architectural plans utilize materials, products, and appliances that will yield only the highest performance for our clients. Energy-saving and highly efficient, our homes are designed not only to meet the needs of our clients but also meet the needs of our environment and cater to the larger community as well.

As homes are no longer simple dwelling places, they demand a level of comfort and practicality that allow our clients to live out the lifestyle they desire. Our homes perform to cater directly to the needs of our clients in a way that is second-nature and sustainable. We are truly creating homes that serve a purpose. Therefore the needs and wants of our clients are our primary priority. We acknowledge that our work plays an important role in their lives and in turn, they expect a product that performs to fit their needs. Therefore, our clients’ goals remain pinnacle throughout the duration of the project.

Once thoughtful plans are put in place after lengthy discussions with our clients, the performance of our builders and craftsmen bring ideas to life. Highly skilled and educated our crews are efficient, disciplined, and experienced. We take great pride in keeping our job sites safe and secure. Knowing that a property is in trusted and capable hands is a comforting and welcomed feeling to our clients, and we treat their trust as a privilege.

When a project is completed, the performance of our projects continues long after our crews pack up. Both the longevity and sustainability of our homes are key characteristics that are woven into our project plans. Need a high-performance team to construct a high-performing home? Give us a call at
772-234-2978.

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