Westmark Construction Blog

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.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 16:36

Westmark Construction: Quality materials, quality service, quality product

The best buildings come from constructing with the best materials, and Westmark Construction cuts no corners when it comes to building your dream home. Using only the highest quality materials, we’re able to not only give you a home that exactly fits your vision, we’re able to do so in such a way that’s efficient, practical, and of course, beautiful.

In order to not only achieve your vision but to exceed it, we choose only highly-rated and reliable materials. Many of our projects include expert brickwork and masonry because of its durability and longevity in addition to having a timeless style. Our lumber, drywall, installation, plumbing, and HVAC are all of the highest quality as well, meeting all codes and requirements. We closely inspect all framing that goes up, hide seams in drywall, and groom your home to fit your lifestyle.

Attention to detail is at the heart of our building process. From excavation to finishing touches, Westmark workers double and triple check tasks to ensure quality completion. Our sites can see up to ten people at once, all working to make your dream come true. Our contractors meticulously review the plan of action and ensure your home is built the right way, and you’re kept in the loop throughout the entire process.

Our specialties go beyond homes, though. If you have a vision in mind for your home, business, or otherwise, reach out to us today at 772-234-2978 to take your first steps.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 16:33

Carriage Home Spotlight

Quality craftsmanship is what you can find at the core of Westmark Construction Company. As one of the leading luxury builders in the Vero Beach area, Westmark Construction works closely with you to create the home of your dreams.

Some of the work we’re most proud of can be found at the Palm Island Plantation in sunny Vero Beach, Florida. In collaboration with this exclusive community, Westmark Construction was the primary builder and helped map out and create custom homes, townhomes, and condominiums for their residents.

The property features 64 exquisite “Carriage Homes” that range from 2,600 to 4,000 square feet in size and space, offering a variety of different floor plan options built to suit the needs of Palm Island residents. These carriage homes, specifically, were designed to be the perfect complement to a life of luxury.

Some of the most popular features include: leisure loft spaces, two-car garages, screened-in lanais, library and study spaces, private covered balconies, spa-like bathrooms, private entranced master suites, and outdoor pool and patio spaces with optional outdoor kitchens. These homes are built in the style of traditional British West Indies architecture to further the feel and atmosphere that accompanies the luxurious lifestyle at Palm Island Plantation.

One of the main reasons Palm Island is one of Westmark Construction’s leading accomplishments is that our work was all-encompassing and featured collaboration at its finest. From the drawing of the property lines to the finishing tiles of the kitchen backsplashes, each decision was made to coincide with the barrier island atmosphere and foster a sense of a lifestyle filled with leisure and indulgence.

You can contact Palm Island about their real estate opportunities at 772-234-6500 and be sure to keep Westmark Construction in mind for any renovation or building needs.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 17:17

Why location, location, location should be at the top of your list.

Given Florida’s near perfect climate and year-round beauty, it only makes sense that properties in the Vero Beach area and beyond are in high demand. Therefore, not too often are hunting homeowners able to find exactly what they are looking for: the property AND home of their dreams. Unfortunately, oftentimes it becomes an instance of settling for either one or the other.

As we delve further into the 21st century, trends are moving in and out of style more quickly and therefore spaces and homes date themselves in years instead of decades. While many homeowners choose to combat this with fresh paint and new furniture, some residences require a little more than what the local home improvement store can offer. This in turn relates to what potential homeowners are looking for: the perfect location, which contributes to the high demand and market value for properties in the Vero Beach region. This is crucial to know when getting into the world of real estate because the great part about snagging a great property is that Westmark Construction can make any and all of the necessary changes to your new home to make it that perfect total package you were looking for.

Westmark construction Company is your key to customable home renovation. We can work with you to create a space that not only improves the value of your property but more importantly turn a house into a home; a space that you can enjoy for many, many years to come.

Our specialty lies in the high-end real estate market, and we have a knack for transforming any space into a dream home. With special emphasis on structural work, masonry, and woodworking, we’re ready to tackle any sort of renovation plans you might be dreaming of. Anything from taking down a wall to open up a living space to completely starting from scratch, Westmark Construction breaks down the barrier between you and your next dream home.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 15:16

Your Industry Leaders in Space Maximization

As we dabble in both commercial and residential high-end construction projects, our expertise goes beyond basic construction. We study industry trends and stay up to date with what’s in style and how to creatively use the provided space. Roll this all in with client suggestions and requests and many of our job sites quickly become locations of the area’s finest custom homes.

A very interesting trend we’re seeing in the world of high-end residence is the switch from large, grandiose houses to more detail-oriented, smaller square-footage homes. We’ve deduced that many homebuilders are moving away from the traditional thought that bigger is better. Especially when considering location, like southeastern Florida where much of our work is done, the demand for land is so high that it’s simply unavailable for many buyers. Though this land demand isn’t the only factor, we’ve been able to adjust our designs to reflect the needs and wants of our clients.
Some attribute this flux in floorplans to the rising number of older adults who’ve already raised their families and are back on their own. Others say it has to do with the romanticization of city-living and therefore people are requesting smaller spaces that reflect that lifestyle but in their own, preferred location. This in turn challenges our staff to get creative with the more limited space they’re quite frankly not used to working with.

We’ve seen, though, that many clients are not willing to give up the larger entertaining spaces like kitchens and great rooms and at least a moderately larger closet space. Peg this to modern culture, and it all makes sense: people love to entertain and fashion is alive and thriving.
Whether you have several acres to work with or just a fraction of one, Westmark Construction can work with you to make your dream home a reality.

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:16

Camino del Rio: The Road to the Modern Barrier Island Life

We are excited to announce Westmark Construction Company’s newest property and project on the Barrier Island: a prime location on beautiful Camino del Rio on the Indian River side. Just a short ways away from an historic and lively downtown, this destination coveted by all, is a visionary in Vero Beach, FL, living. With our team of construction experts and contractors, the sky’s the limit for this prestige piece of land.

One of the many perks of this prestige lot location is its close proximity to downtown Vero Beach which offers only the finest in luxury leisure activities. Blossoming with culture, visit The Vero Beach Museum of Art to stimulate your creative side. Are shows more your style? The Vero Beach Opera Guild offers concerts all around the area. The AMC Indian River 24 Stadium Theatre as well as Vero’s Majestic 11 Cinema offer you the latest Hollywood flicks. Then when you need to stretch your legs, there are plenty of boutiques, shops and restaurants within walking distance to satisfy any of your needs. Craving something a little more active? The Camino del Rio location offers access to both the Indian River via Erwin Cove or you’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the salty Atlantic. Whether you’re in the mood to explore the Vero Beach culture and all its downtown region has to offer or kick back and enjoy the year-round perfect weather, this property has you covered. Whatever you want to do, you can do it from the prime location on Camino del Rio.

The best part about this property, though, has to be the pre-construction package Westmark Construction and Westmark Development are offering as an exclusive. Modeled similarly to the Courtyard Homes on the Palm Island Plantation, the plans for the Camino del Rio property include a private swimming pool and covered porch. Other highlights include three bedrooms, four bathrooms, an elegant study home office, and a spacious, open living area that allows for easy flow from family room to the kitchen and breakfast area to the dining room and then out to the courtyard patio.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy the McKee Botanical Garden, peruse the Village Shops, sail the waterways, spot some seabirds at Archie Carr’s Wildlife Refuge, play some golf, or do you own thing, the new property on Camino del Rio coupled with the expert building plans is the perfect place to experience all Vero Beach has to offer.

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 12:49

Building Permits for Residential Housing Up in the State of Florida

Sumner Marketing has reported permits for the construction of single-family residences in the State of Florida are increasing. Although there have been "high and low tides" in the number of permits issued, there has been a steady increase over the past few years. Indian River County alone has seen a steady increase. In August 2010, the County issued 28 single-family new construction permits. In August 2015, that number had increased to 42, and market indications are this activity is only increasing. On the national level, the National Association of Home Builders is predicting 1.1 million new homes in 2015. New home construction historically has impacted positively impacted local economies with increased revenues. We are certainly heading in the right direction!
http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/09/16/usa-economy-housing-nahb-idINN9...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 07:58

Westmark has completed another Palm Island Plantation home!

Westmark is excited to announce the completion of yet another beautiful home located in the stunning Palm Island Plantation gated-community. This gorgeous West Indies style home is over 3,100 sq. feet of air-conditioned living area with hardwood floors throughout and includes architectural features like an inverted hip ceiling in the Great Room, 11’ step tray ceilings in the Dining Room, Master Suite, Foyer, Study and marble floors in all bathrooms. The open floor plan features an expansive gourmet Kitchen with custom cabinetry, ample storage, and a large walk-in pantry feature. Built-in designer appliances consist of two KitchenAid single ovens, Thermador refrigerator, Dacor micro-wave drawer, Bosch dishwasher, and a gas KitchenAid cooktop. In the large Master Suite one will find his and her closets, a free standing soaker tub and a large rain head in the walk-in shower. The home is surrounded by beautiful landscaping, mature oaks, a private lanai and landscaped pool area your family is sure to enjoy!