RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY GUARDHOUSE TRANSFORMATION
Watch the sequence of steps from demolition to new guardhouse design. It is desirable for the architect to be part of the design-build team. The home owners association and general contractor worked hand and hand with the architect. The team approach results in a higher quality project. Residents were able to access the alternate entrance while the construction was in progress. The value of the homes in the community expect to increase in value. The design also has a positive public impact for the three decade old country club. This project architect Ken Hirsch provided the community amenity design in the early 1980’s. Hirsch knows that design styles change over the years. However there are some basic design concepts that never change; proportion, composition and detail. The architect’s skill is using the ingredients of form, function, materials and colors to fulfill the current architectural trends.
Lesson Learned: The money allocated for the guardhouse project will be an investment in the community and each home owners property value.
Each community has its own identity that the residents call home
How to design a classic look that is durable. The entrance to the residential community of Les Jardin in Boca Raton has very unique walls. There are several ways to create a “molding” appearance but the highest quality and most distinctive was to have the concrete block custom designed and manufactured with the profile as part of the mold.
Lesson Learned: The initial cost can be justified knowing it will last for more than 200 years.
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Design Creativity Occurs When Unusual Requirements Exist
It’s magic when a three story building looks like a two story building
Boca Grove Office Building was a challenging design problem. How to create a three story building that would fit in with the surrounding residential community. Solution was to slope the parking area half way up the first floor so that you go down 7 steps to the entrance of the first level. The third floor was incorporated into the roof profile with only the windows visible in the roof profile.
Lesson Learned: Creativity comes from an unusual set of requirements. Embrace the challenge.
Design Defines Your Quality of Life
A good designer can make it look spectacular on any budget
Architects and Interior Designers have a keen sense of esthetics. Design is really just good proportion, good composition and good details. The style is simply the personal preference of the person that will live in the space. New styles are created by mixing historical elements in a fresh way. This gazebo is an example of the architect responding to the home owners personality.
Lesson Learned: The designer must push the limits of existing design to create a new product that is appreciated but never seen before.
The Seasons Clubhouse Invites the Residents to a Better Lifestyle
Maintain the character, impress family and friends
Residential communities often have clubhouses with a range of activities for the residents. One of the most popular features is the fitness center and if there is none, eventually the residents vote to pay for the addition. The architects challenge is to design the new space so that it maintains the character of the original facility and enhances the overall impact of the community amenity.
Lesson Learned: The architect must listen closely to the vision of the residents.
International architectural design styles have spread around the world
Developers from other countries tour US facilities to search for desirable features and success stories. A Taiwan golf development company was introduced to a Hirsch New Jersey country club design and retained the firm to master plan its grand clubhouse. An important aspect of the task was to incorporate the US esthetic trends and building code standards. Golf is a sport the transcends cultural differences.
Playing 18 holes of golf can contribute to world peace.
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