Post 114 – Personal Stories of an Architect’s Journey

Residential Community Timeless Appeal

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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Post 112 – Personal Stories of an Architect’s Journey

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.

Create value with your additional

Post 105 – Personal Stories of an Architect’s Journey

Successful Addition

Build a new residence or plan an addition

Questions to ask: 1. Importance of existing location?. 2. Percentage of existing construction to remain?. 3. Area of new construction to be added?.

This residence in Boca Grove Country Club is an example where the existing location was preferred. The front elevation needed to look like a new residence and the additional area was added to the second floor which gives an appearance of a very large home.

Lesson Learned:

Have a professional help you evaluate the alternatives.

Front door. Create value with your additional
New foyer
Master shower. Create value with your additional
New master shower
Create value with your additional
Addition BEFORE

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Post 102 – Personal Stories of an Architect’s Journey

Architect as the Owners Representative

Sometimes known as the “master builder”

The architect’s basic responsibility is to listen for the owners vision, create the vision on paper and then prepare drawings so that the general contractor can construct the design. A very important task that is often overlooked is for the architect to help the owner manage the project as well. This St Andrews Country Club Residence is an example of the architect designing and managing the project on behalf of a Canadian owner.

Lesson Learned:

If you want a high quality design, have the architect be part of the

construction team.

Residence Rear Lower Terrace

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