Last year we were tasked with a new type of project for our team: an apartment community’s clubhouse design. We came in to this project mid-stream, as the floorplan was already created but we were able to help with the selection of the interior color scheme, finishes, and other cosmetic details. We also selected furntiure, art, accessories, and office furniture for the space.
The demographics of the residents was basically blue collar, but we were wanting the design to aid in lifting the rental rates and overall occupancy. The floorplan was difficult to work with, but we were able to create a comfortable space for the residents to apply for an apartment or just hang out.
We are grateful that this project has led us into multiple other multi-family projects, including a large luxury property. The biggest difference between these and residential projects is not just a different demographic of individuals who lease vs. own their living space. Nor is it the need for furniture that is designed for heavy use or is commercial grade. And it’s not even the need for a bolder color scheme in the design.
The biggest difference is the duration. These projects start of with “hurry hurry hurry” and then slow down for the multiple levels of management who approve the details. And then sometimes, if the management team changes, there are change requests and we re-do a detail or two. Or the whole design. It’s definitely a different type of project from our residential clients, but I love them! And I hope to share more projects photos with you in the future. I remind myself it’s good “marathon training”. Right?
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