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Gabriel Orengo

Gabriel Orengo

Gabriel Orengo is a Certified Residential Building Designer and a Professional Member of the American Institute of Building Design. Has been practicing Residential Design since 1992. Orengo is an Italian surname from Genoa, Italy and brought to US Territories by immigrants in the late 1800's. Gabriel Speaks Fluent English and Spanish and Italian is his current endeavour.


Our Villa Lausanne was built in Hot Springs Village, Hot Springs, Arkansas. The owners purchased the Villa Lausanne plans and had us customize it by shifting the garages to the right forming a garage wing so that two car arched top bays faced the front of the house. The original garage location on the existing plans was converted into a guest suite with its own bath and the laundry. The existing laundry was converted into a walk-in pantry. Another neat thing we did with this plan was use the PastelCote system by Boral Bricks in lieu of stucco finish. This application uses real bricks as a rough base, and then they are coated with the PastelCote to give a finish that shows lightly the bricks shapes underneath giving it a texture look almost as if the house had blanket over the bricks. The home was built by Renaissance Homes. From comments received, many folks in the local community are excited to see something different and unique in the area. An article about this customized Villa Lausanne was written by Valerie Ginsburg in a Hot Springs advertising magazine (Values Direct, Holiday/Winter 2012 Edition). Click HERE to see the Villa Lausanne plan.

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RESIDENTIAL-COVER2 We are proud to have one of our custom homes (Villa Bello Lago) on the cover and section pages of the Residential Design, Drafting, and Detailing, Second Edition by Alan Jefferis and Janice A. Jefferis. It’s a book for students pursuing a career in residential architecture. We received our fresh copy this week and would like to give thanks to Alan Jefferis. This new book also has several of our homes published as examples of the residential architecture on Figure 7.6 (pg. 187) and Figure. 7.39 (pg. 199). The cover shows the rear of a custom Italianate home we designed in Fort Myers, Florida in a gated community for a great couple who owned a local tile and carpet company. This home was one of the last projects Gabriel Orengo, CPBD, AIBD had the privilege to work with the founder of Palladian Design Group and friend Eric S. Brown. Together they designed this custom luxury home which has been previously published in FLORIDA DESIGN, VOL. 20, Number  3 (Article titled: On the River’s Edge, Pg. 240) and had won a Grand Aurora Award in 2009 (Southern Eastern Building Conference). The home was built by Harwick Homes.  

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Divco Construction Corp. had asked us to assist them with a project in the City of Naples, Florida. The owner opted not to build in Port Royal and instead he built on an existing lot which he already owned. This lot was within walking distance of the Naples Downtown area and has direct gulf access by boat. We worked directly with Alan Foster, VP Sales & Marketing at Divco Construction Corp. and we helped him to further develop his floor plan sketch that he had started with the owner. We also designed the exterior elevations giving this house an Italianate influenced façade with emphasis on arches and columns and roof cupolas. MAJEWSKI-022713-1

This house has a great commanding street curb appeal. Ron Glace from Divco Construction Corp. is overseeing the construction administration and is doing an excellent job. We are very pleased with Ron’s attention to detail. This 2-story home has 3-car garage, 4-bedrooms plus study, formal dining room, 2-story parlor with a fireplace, and family room, pool and dock. Here are some recent photos of the home in dry-in and stucco stages. If you happen to be in the City of Naples, the address is 1585 3rd. St. South.

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We were approached by Toscana Homes early 2012 to assist them with the design of this new contemporary home for their client. This new home will be located in one of the best homesites in Marsala (a WCI Community) at Tiburon Golf & Country Club off Livingston Road in Naples, Florida. The highlight of this home is the expansive use of glass at the rear of the home which rises 14 feet from floor to ceiling. The headers are concealed in the attic for a header-less look. There are a total of fourteen 58-inch wide sliding glass panels by Windoor just in the Great Room not including one fixed panel where the sliders pocket into an open pocket. That’s approximately 1,000 square feet of glass just in this room. The doors are being distributed by Window Classics.  With this amount of glass plus all the rest of the openings, trying to get the energy calculations to work was a challenge and so we brought in John R. Kiefer, Ph.D., a specialist in the Science of High Performance Homes and Vice President of E3 Building Sciences. John was able to offset the energy losses of these sliders by using a heat pump water heater, condensing units with a higher efficiency and individually analyzing each glass opening for glass transmittance, sun exposure, and specific overhang depths. We had already provided deep outdoor roof cover over the sliders in anticipation of the energy challenge here and it definitely help. This cul-de-sac property has the rear facing the golf course with its water ways and 10th. Green. To stay in line with the community requirements, the façade has a traditional home shape yet contemporary and clean. Among its many amenities, the home has 2 guest suites, a master suite wing, 2 fireplaces, a study, walk-in pantry, wine cellar, pool, and 3-car bays. The design team also included Christian Andrea (landscape architect) from Architectural Land Design, Philip Mitchell and Kristi Lee Corry from Philip Mitchell Design, Inc. (Interior Design Firm in Toronto, Ontario), and Reagan Henry, P.E. from Adecos Engineering (structural engineering). On December 2012, footings and stem-walls had been built. If you are in the area, pass by and see the progress of the construction.


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Tiburon Golf & Country Club which is accessible by Airport Pulling Road in Naples, Florida will soon be having another elegant home designed by Palladian Design Group to be built by London Bay Homes.


This new custom home will be built on Lot 5 in Escada, a subsection of the Tiburon Golf Club containing 31 home sites. Palladian Design Group had already designed a home in Escada on lot 9 for a prior client at the end of the cul-de-sac. This new home on lot 5 is uniquely designed as a collaborative effort between Palladian Design Group, the client, Lindy Thomas Interiors, Windham Studios (landscape architect), and Adecos Structural Engineering. Unique features in this new home include an elegant 2-story entry tower veneered with coquina stone, a grand stair circular tower and a circular cupola over the master bath, a porte-cochere and motor court, and a custom designed poolscape. The client was involved in every detail of the design of this home and Palladian Design Group is extremely proud to have helped the owners along the way. Palladian Design Group is also completing the construction drawings for another custom home for Lot 21 in Escada. Construction is continuing full speed ahead on Lot 5. If you happen to be in the area, please pass by and see the progress of the construction.

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2012-AIBD-ConventionOn August 8th, Gabriel Orengo, CPBD, AIBD from Palladian Design Group, Inc. attended the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) in Wilmington, North Carolina. The American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) program is a progression of the American Institute of Building Design's sixty year old annual design competition. Now in its fifth year, ARDA continues to honor the finest in residential custom luxury, remodeling, multi-family, stock and speculative home design. ARDA Awads are sponsored by Industry Vendors and the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD). Among the judges, was Hillary Gottenmoeller from Hanley Wood. Gabriel won two ARDA Awards (First Place for Conceptual Design, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Second Place for Custom Luxury, Port Royal, City of Naples, Florida).

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On August 5th thru the 8th, Gabriel Orengo, CPBD, AIBD from Palladian Design Group, Inc. attended the 2012 National Convention of the American Institute of Building Design held this year at Wilmington, North Carolina. The first guest speaker was Hillary Gottenmoeller from Hanley Wood ( She talked about how Hanley Wood wants to bond a strong relationship with AIBD to promote the pre-drawn house plans by AIBD Professional Designers on their website by creating a new collection of plans called “Plans by AIBD Professional Designers” or similar. This idea was welcomed by the members since Hanley Wood’s website has strong marketing efforts in place already. The second guest speaker was Sam Rashkin, architect and author of the Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: how it got here, why it’s broken, and how to fix it. Basically, Sam explained that if we are going to fix the housing industry, we need to go back to all the basics and principles that we all learned in architecture school which were overlooked during the boom of the real estate market. Sam mentioned six items that need our attention and that need to be executed as a whole-house approach and not as a rating system: 1) Sustainable Land Development for a strong community, 2) High home performance (energy efficiency), 3) Good residential design, 4) Quality construction with longevity in mind and the possibility of having a workmanship guaranteed for the life of the mortgage loan (at least 15 years), 5) Pollutant control equipment and environmentally friendly materials (i.e. low VOC paints) for healthier air, and 6) Effective home sales. The group continued with an Open Space Technology Workshop covering topics that Sam Rashkin had discussed and how to implement them into their residential projects. Other topics included business development and marketing, and the pre-drawn house plan industry. All members toured historical landmarks and museums such as the U.S.S. North Carolina WWII Battleship, the Bellamy Mansion (1861, Antebellum) where a sponsor reception was held and the Latimer Residence (1852, Italianate). Next year, all AIBD members look forward to the 2013 National Convention to be held in Pasadena, California.

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MARVIN-FACTORYGabriel Orengo visited and toured the Marvin Window and Door Factory in Warroad, Minnesota along with nine other architects from Florida. Rick Hopkins -Regional Manager for Window Classics Corporation from the Tampa Showroom guided the group to Minnesota. In Minneapolis the group joined Rachael Spire a local architect for a city residential tour to visit residential highlights focusing on fenestration. Some of these highlights included works done by Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. Marvin Windows provided hospitality arrangements and representatives (Dan Demolee, Connie from HR, and Dianne Sourdiff) to guide the group at the factory and for dinner hospitality Monday night. “It’s amazing to see how these windows are made in person and the dedication of the workers” says Gabriel. “Marvin Windows recycles all their material even saw dust is used to heat their facility in the winter. Nothing is wasted. Every piece of wood is inspected to get the most out of each piece of wood.” Marvin Windows started as a lumber company and grew into the company we know as Marvin Windows. The yellow rose in their logo stands for northern elegance and southern charm. The group got the privilege to meet Frank Marvin and Bob Marvin. “It was a great chance to network and have fun together while learning. I would recommend this trip to anyone involved in architecture and construction” says Gabriel. “You can touch a window at a show room but it does not compare to seeing in person and how it is made. You develop greater understanding and insight that most folks don’t have.” The group was awe by the signature series department. This section focuses on custom windows and historical reproductions. Many of these custom applications have made it to the standard line of windows. What is amazing about Marvin Windows is that even though the factory uses technologies, automated machines and special conveying systems designed in-house, all windows are still assembled by skilled hands instead of robotics. 

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We are proud to launch our new website designed by Raffaele Palazzolo from Blue Group Graphics & Communications. Our prior website didn't capture the extent of our services or the many residential styles we have used in our client's homes as this new one does. We are continuing to add more projects to our gallery and new plans to our Design Collection. Please sign in to our Newsletter and we will keep you posted on new designs, new projects, and our blogs. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to have you back soon.

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Early this year, a person, now our client walked in to our office with old torn prints in his hands and said that he was told to see us about his project. At the time, we were in the middle of a project and would have to schedule an appointment, but as I spoke to him I couldn’t help but to invite him to our conference room to briefly discuss his project. He wanted to add a bath to an existing bedroom in his house located in Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs, Florida. As he described it, I sketched it on top of the old prints. Surprised, he said “That’s it”. We scheduled a site visit later that week and concluded that to keep the cost down and in lieu of building on top of the existing roof; we would extend downward as a shed roof, the existing 10-foot high bearing roof of the guest suite to a lower ceiling height that would create a vaulted ceiling in the bath. Since we were not fully convinced with the idea of a simple, vaulted ceiling sloping down to a low wall, we added two dormers to raise the ceiling back up and to provide more natural light. Besides removing the existing fascia and some roof tiles to expose the plywood, the existing roof was not affected. (Construction by Monarch Builders of SW Florida, Inc.)

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