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.

Post 111 – Personal Stories of an Architect’s Journey

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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 Architecture with Vision

A surprising turn of events

Boca Grove, Clubhouse, architecture, rendering, Ken Hirsch Architect
Boca Grove Clubhouse Elevations as built

The color rendering of the Boca Grove Clubhouse illustrates the domed roof design concept. It was presented to the Canadian development partner and was rejected.  The alternative design with traditional hip roofs is the solution that was accepted.

Lesson learned:

Always have the decision maker involved in the initial design process.

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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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