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Oct ‘16

From Vision to Reality: Custom Modern Homes

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Building a custom modern home is a highly personal and large investment of your time and resources. To ensure your new abode perfectly reflects your needs, wants and lifestyle, you need a custom home designed with you in mind. Specifically, you need an architect and custom home builder that will get to know you so well, the floor plan of your home will bring all of your dreams to life, and then some.

A firm priding itself on achieving just that is the much-awarded Phil Kean Design Group of Winter Park, Florida. Internationally acclaimed architect, Phil Kean, president of PKDG, enjoys a particularly excellent reputation for creating custom modern homes that not only win every design award going, clients love how their custom floor plans reflect their personal aesthetic visions and unique lifestyles.

“The first step is always listening to our clients,” says Phil Kean. “We listen, ask questions and look at some of our existing homes to spark our clients to envision the flow, look and livability of their own modern floor plan. Then we listen some more.”

From there, the process of designing luxury custom homes involves the following considerations.

Maximizing the Potential of Home Sites with Luxury Home Design

Custom, modern home designs should address the advantages of a home site as well as adhere to the homeowner’s budget. Experienced in transforming empty lots into award-winning modern new construction, PKDG’s personalized process, from individualized home design to completion, focuses on utilizing every square foot of a home site in the grandest way possible.

“Our designs always starts with the site,” Kean continues. “We walk the land with clients, see what views are available, and create a floor plan that will blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. That is so important to how people want to live today.”

Further, the firm is known for “Lots of checkpoints,” states Kean, “where we stop and review where we are with our clients and make adjustments, sometimes finding surprising new elements or ideas the homeowners hadn’t considered to make a luxury custom home warmly their own.”

Working Interior Design Styles into House Plans

Working with a firm like PKDG, with its own internationally award-winning interior design division, is ideal when you’re building a custom, modern home. “We work with the client to get specialty engineering done if that’s necessary for the interior design. There are all kinds of individual details to work out. It’s like a puzzle, or a dance,” says Kean. “Ideally we have a concept of how furnishings would go. It’s all about what the client wants. Do they have a piano or an art collection? Do they entertain? Every home is one of a kind.”

Inspiration for your Modern House Design

Inspiration for your modern home design can be found anywhere from the great outdoors to the pages of renowned architecture publications. The digital realm also offers endless examples of the best and newest visions to set your home apart. As one of the world’s most highly acclaimed firms for modern custom home architecture, green building, innovative interior design and personal service, our portfolio section of is a really great place to start envisioning your dream home.