Westmark Construction Blog

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 12:14

Fresh Air for Your Home

The salty fresh coastal air is one of the best parts about southeastern Florida. It is the reason snowbirds, vacationers, and natives alike frequent the beaches and coast. Now think about waking up to the smell of that fresh breeze. When you build with Westmark Construction, we take into account things like fresh air and ensure that it makes its way into your home. Here is how: Proper Ventilation.


When most people think of ventilation, they think of exhaust or smoke. However, ventilation isn’t just about air movement; it is just as much about bringing in the fresh as it is pushing out the stale. Mapping out a build or scoping out a remodel or renovation project means looking at the airflow of the space, ensuring there are gateways for that fresh air to make its way in. Some builders may only see windows and doors as points of entry or ways to let light in. These are both correct but they also factor into ventilation and invite that fresh air into your home.


Proper ventilation, though, is more than just the smell and fresh fa-ctor. When circulation stalls, pollution – yes, that kind of pollution – can settle in your home. Without the proper tracts and outlets, dust, mold, bacteria, carbon monoxide, and other harmful airborne particles can build up in your home causing almost hazardous living conditions that we certainly want to avoid.


The other factor to consider down here in Florida is the humidity. When the moist air condenses and is cooled by your air conditioning system, that water has to go somewhere. If it cakes up in the system itself or in or around air vents, this also means harmful particles in the air. Particles that you breathe in when sleeping or just spending time in your home. The answer? Proper ventilation.


As one of Florida’s leading luxury builders, we not only have the knowledge and skills to help make your home a dream home, but a safe home. Schedule an appointment with a Westmark Construction representative by calling 772-234-2978.

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 12:13

What Makes a Great Builder

You have finally decided to take the leap and build your custom dream home. We understand a custom home is one of the major decisions a family makes and one that is filled with excitement as well as anxiety. It is important to find a trustworthy, quality builder to take on this daunting task with you.


Here are three qualities that make a great builder:

  1. Answering the important questions. In order to better serve you and determine your needs and concerns, we suggest that you come to your meeting prepared with questions. Discovering the answers to these questions will help you decide if the builder is the right fit for you. Start with these: 
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • What sort of new home warranty do you offer?
  • What features are standard in the homes you build? Does your style match what we’re looking for?
  • How many current projects do you have? Can I see one?
  • How long will it take to build my home?
  • What is your process for inspections throughout construction?
  • How and when will the final cost of my home be determined?
  • Can you provide me with references or testimonials from previous home buyers?


            We love it when clients come prepared with questions!


  1. Providing quality work. Be on the lookout for new homes. Open houses run by builders are helpful when picturing how you can use your space to work in ways you hadn’t thought of before. Additionally, when inspecting a home, pay attention to the quality of craftsmanship down to the details.


Westmark Construction's signature is quality craftsmanship. From hand-crafted mahogany entry doors, exquisite kitchens, and baths, to custom molding and millwork, we craft each piece exclusively for a look that is beyond the ordinary.


  1. Communicating effectively. When selecting your builder, it is crucial that you determine if your communication styles match up. You want a builder who is looking out for you and your best interests rather than one who is merely in it for the money. When working to make your dream home, good communication is needed throughout the whole process to ensure all problems are fixed as they come up. A great builder will openly give feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your ideas and illustrate how they can bring that dream to life.


Although it may seem like a lot of effort to find a perfect builder, it is worth the extra time to make sure everything runs smoothly in the process of building your dream home. 

Trust in Westmark Construction Company to be your great builder. We view each project with an architect's eye for proportion, a builder's eye for craftsmanship, and the eye of experience for the look and feel of the home - building each home as if we were moving in ourselves.


Westmark Construction is recognized as one of the leading luxury builders in Florida, including such notable communities in the Vero Beach, FL area as Palm Island Plantation, the Estuary, Indian River Club, John's Island, and The Moorings.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 10:23

6 Unique Features to Consider When Building a New Home

At Westmark Construction, we pride ourselves on our ability to create amazing custom homes made to fit your needs. Whether you are building from scratch or are looking to remodel part of your home, Westmark can do it and do it with the highest quality craftsmanship. 


Here are some unique features we believe would be great additions to any home: 


  1. His and her closets. Everyone can agree it’s nice to have your own space. Creating a closet system that is designed with functional space and cubbies that are fit to serve a specific purpose is a great way to utilize space. Say goodbye to a disorganized mess of clothes!
  2. Upstairs laundry room. No more carrying laundry up and down the stairs. Conveniently placing a laundry room upstairs, or located near all the bedrooms is becoming increasing popular in custom floorplans.
  3. Heated floors. Avoid stepping onto freezing tiles when getting out of the shower. Consider installing heated floors that are operating by a switch. Although they are pricey and not a necessity, they are a luxurious addition to any bathroom. 
  4. Custom shelving. This can be helpful anywhere, whether it be in the pantry, closets, or built-ins for the family room. Not only does custom shelving serve for great functionality, but it can also be used as a great space for decoration and display purposes.
  5. Raised ceilings. There’s nothing more beautiful and elegant than high ceilings. Investing in raised ceilings opens up rooms immensely, bringing in a sense of space and light. 
  6. Mudroom. This is often a forgotten feature, but it is so nice to have a place to store your outdoor gear and dirty shoes when you get home from a long day. A mudroom can be made with customized cubbies which are convenient spots to store purses and backpacks that are used every day.


Building a custom home allows you to take full control over what features you can incorporate. Do plenty of research to make sure you include all you could want in your new home. Our team will be here to guide you along the way with all of your decisions! Although many of these features can be pricey, they will pay off in the long run both for convenience and resale value. Contact Westmark Construction to discuss the possibilities! 

Friday, December 18, 2020 - 14:11

Pandemic Perks: New trends to come out of 2020

The act of staying home has evolved from a previously dull and unexciting habit to one that is both safe and smart in the midst of a global pandemic. Your space at home, however, might not have been designed for the lifestyle you are now living in 2020. With more people staying closer to home, we have seen these five trends arise from our months in quarantine and think that they might be here to stay.

At-Home Office Spaces

While many industries and positions have always offered a work from home option, there are more people working from home than ever before. If you are someone who thought they could just “make do” at a kitchen table or living room, you will be the first to say that office space is a must in all homes moving forward. Whether you are working a full 40 hours from your home or only need to take a call every now and then, it is important to have a designated space where you can put on your work hat.

Smaller Spaces

School-aged children might be the root cause of the death of the open floor plan. Without everyone leaving the house for the day, there are only so many places you can go in a home and most family members gravitate toward the living room. If you have an open and airy floorplan that means one thing: noise. Especially with younger kids around and parents who are trying to work from home, designated rooms (i.e.: the traditional living room, dining room, den, etc.) for communal living spaces cut down on both distraction and noise. Remember that open floorplans are a modern trend and that a traditional one is not the enemy.

Color Theory

The pandemic has affected everyone in some way, shape, or form, and it is probably safe to say the impact has been stressful one for many. Interiors designers have gone back to the drawing board (or should we say color wheel?) and are now gravitating toward more soothing and calming colors to combat the growing stress levels many households are finding. We might be putting bold, bright colors on the back burner for the foreseeable future as neutrals, blues, and whites take center stage in an effort to keep things positive.

The Great Outdoors

This is where we thrive. We have always worked in outdoor spaces – pools, lanais, courtyards, etc. – when on a job site. The pandemic, though, has many people feeling most comfortable entertaining and generally just spending more time outdoors. Therefore, it is not a reach to see a rise in demand for the design of outdoor spaces. If you find yourself in this boat, give us a call at 772-234-2978.

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.


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.


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.