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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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Low profile office building

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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.

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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.

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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.

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St Paul Lutheran Church Celebrates a New Sanctuary

Church Architecture Inspires the Eyes and the Soul

It’s a rewarding experience for an architect to be a member of a church and be given the opportunity to design its new sanctuary. My family has participated in church life for many years and speak with pride about the impact it has had on their view of the world. There have been many opportunities to influence the life of other congregations through visioning and architectural design. Places of worship contribute to the growth and vitality of its community.

Lesson Learned:

For centuries, religious architecture has had a significant impact on the history and inspiration of all people.

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A Private School Transforms with a New Public Image

Changed from a back road access to a primary road

St Andrews School in Boca Raton grew in reputation from a quite prep school to a prominent world class boarding school. The new connection to Jog Road gave a new face and access for the community to see with pride. Changing the master plan from the primary East access to a West access helped the school’s image as a significant educational institution.


Every organization arrives at a point when they must advance to the next level. A professional planner can help to see the future.

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