Architecture is a blend of art and engineering. We strive to create structures that are aesthetically pleasing, functional, and enduring. Aesthetics, or how we humans perceive an object, is, perhaps, the most ephemeral aspect of architecture. Perception is highly dependent on our frame of reference and what we regard as familiar. What we perceive as beautiful is to a great extent based on proportions—how various parts of a whole relate to one another.
We find that many of our clients, whether they have a background in design or not, have an inherent sense of proportion when it comes to the size and shape of a room or other components of a home. It’s as if that sense of proportion is built into our brains from birth.
From quaint towns to bustling cities, today’s architectural landscape features a stunning mix of both old and new. From homes designed and built over a century ago to those being created today, the many faces of residential architecture represented in almost any given neighborhood enhance and contribute to the unique and diverse characteristics that define the places these homes reside in.
Traditional homes from the early years of the last century, 1940s era bungalows, post WW-II mid-century moderns, large Tuscan style mansions, small early American cottages, and sleek contemporaries can all be found throughout the country, harmoniously coexisting across the nation’s eclectic neighborhoods.
In the realms of architecture, design, business acumen and all around great guy, what doesn’t set Phil Kean apart?
Recently named as Central Florida’s Contractor of the Year 2014 by the American Institute of Architects Orlando Chapter, Phil Kean, President of Phil Kean Design Group of Winter Park had this to say:
“Being chosen as 2014 Contractor of the Year by the AIA Orlando is truly an honor. I have a team that believes, as I do, that each home we design and build should add a unique beauty, warmth and value to the lives of the homeowners’ and to the community at large. This prestigious award belongs to everyone at Phil Kean Design Group.”
Phil and PKDG are no strangers to accolades. Recently Kean was selected to be Architect, Builder & Interior Designer of the “2017 New American Home” and the “2017 Great American Remodel” for the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando.
Leave it to internationally recognized Winter Park Architect, Phil Kean to offer an exquisite Spring Parade of Homes entry that inspires. Echoing the light-filled iconic prairie home style of Frank Lloyd Wright, Kean and his renowned design group have created a warm modern residence that is beautifully harmonious with the surrounding downtown Orlando neighborhood.
Featuring refreshing horizontal planes and walls of glass, the stucco and natural stone exterior of the home is remarkably inviting. Kean, President of the much-awarded Phil Kean Design Group, was delighted that the homeowner shared his vision. “A thoroughly contemporary expression of mid-century modern architecture was perfect for the luxurious indoor-outdoor lifestyle that’s a big part of our signature as a design group,” he said. “And it’s certainly how people love to live today.”
There is perhaps no better way to explore the beautiful possibilities of exceptional contemporary architecture than by referring to homes designed by Phil Kean. The internationally acclaimed architect and his much-awarded Phil Kean Design Group are renowned for stunning and very livable modern home designs that create a seamless harmony between indoor and outdoor living.
Stylish and timeless, New York City’s legendary brownstones play a major role in the city’s magical appeal. Their classic facades have made for a recognizable backdrop in countless feature films and legendary photographs, making them a true New York icon.
Inspired by the character and beauty of these homes, Phil Kean is bringing a touch of vibrant New York flavor to the streets of Central Florida with the design and construction of a sophisticated, luxury brownstone town home development in Winter Park, Florida.
Trends define a generation. In contemporary architecture, they create moods for the industry and determine how our personal space will influence our daily lifestyles. Before presenting our 7 current home design trends, it is important that we clarify the difference between a trend and a fad. Often substituted for one another, they actually mean quite opposite things.
A trend is something that sticks. It has the potential to stay around for decades in some cases. What confuses many people is that a trend and a fad look similar in the beginning but the difference is that a fad will die. A good way to think of it is that a trend will give direction and a fad is just a craze. At Phil Kean Design Group, we have solidified a custom design style that fuses classic trends with contemporary elements to become our own special brand of interior design and residential architecture.
Now that we know the difference, let’s look at what trends are influencing the world of architecture:
Located in Orlando, Florida, Lake Nona and Laureate Park have named Phil Kean Design Group and sister company, WAYCOOL Homes, LLC as approved luxury custom home builders within the community. Our team of modern architects is extremely honored to be among the select list of approved designers and builders for the new upscale communities. Home of the new Lake Nona Medical City, the community’s vibrant environment, elite-level golf course, 100-plus court tennis center, and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods offer are a perfect match for our luxury custom homes.
As a luxury custom home builder and modern architect, Phil Kean Design Group uses only the highest quality furnishings and materials within our client projects. With an attention to detail an indescribable ability to fashion a masterpiece from a tree trunk, Robin Wade’s extraordinary wood furniture exceeds our standards for excellence. His pieces have found their way into Phil Kean’s contemporary interior design projects over the years and are among our favorites as they instantly add an air of natural warmth to any space.
Modern Florida architects at Phil Kean Design Group focus on creating living spaces that command attention with striking, contemporary design features while also delivering warm and inviting living spaces. At our firm, we have a proven 3-step approach to fashioning one-of-a-kind luxurious spaces, through which we are able to seamlessly move through the stages of concept, design and execution.