Our flients (clients who become friends) asked us if we would build the design a local architect had done. The answer is yes if the design is fully resolved.
After they saw our concepts they decided to walk away from a considerable investment and start over with us and here’s why.
Its a fallacy that not renovating the existing house and merely adding onto it saves money. The problem as you can see from this example is that it devalues the whole project i.e.
– Wasted real estate for huge hallway
– Back to back living and family room
– Bathroom & laundry room is in the prime real estate- cutting off the main living areas from natural light and the connection to the outdoors. (2 full bathrooms is too much)
– The rooms are segregated because of the original bathroom location, so it feels tight instead of spacious and these days we like to live in one room.
|As Built Plan||Architect’s Proposed Plan|
In our design the whole back of the house is open to let in the light and embrace the outdoors as part of the home. (In the other design because they were not renovating the existing house, it dictated that the bathroom and laundry room be in the prime real estate, blocking the view and light of the back yard.)
This is what we proposed. Our flients fell in love with it and decided to walk away from their investment with the other firm. Notice that the living dining and office areas are all flexible and can be interchanged. They do actually change it with the seasons. Also we have a main floor bedroom and bathroom which is ideal if viable.
|During Construction||Exterior Detail|
|Architect’s Proposed Elevation||MKDB’s Proposed Elevation|