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  1. Why Luxury Homeowners Choose Design Build Firms

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    Design-build—the home project delivery method in which your architect is the designer and contractor for your project— is certainly not a new concept and has been reported as being in use for over four millennia. It has been the prime way architectural projects have historically come to life throughout history.

    What is ‘design-build’?

    What design-build means to you and your project is that the​ ​gap is removed​ ​between your luxury home design and construction in the real world.  This is achieved by allowing the architect to act as both the visionary and the ​implementer​ of your project.  As our ideas of luxury residential design continue to evolve, for many luxury homeowners, design-build is once again becoming the only logical choice.

    In contrast, the traditional building method — ​the design-bid-build method​ — oftentimes, homeowners and architects are unsatisfied with the end result because the design has been misinterpreted or incorrectly implemented by the contractor and subcontractors, which ultimately means the loss of the home’s original architectural design.

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    But that’s not the only reason. In fact, there are several benefits behind working with a design-build firm and several reasons that guide owners toward this decision—we’ve laid out a few of the most important below.

    How design-build projects orient home projects for success

    1. Design-build provides continuity

    Firstly, when working on a multi-company home project, there’s a higher risk of design features getting lost in translation between companies.

    What the designer and yourself as the homeowner have worked on and decided is best might not be what the builder prefers (or understands) from a design standpoint — and ultimately, the end result can be compromised. Cohesion and continuity can be problematic when working with a traditional delivery method.

    Watching a design-build firm in action is the definition of a streamlined process.  From the initial design sketches to the final walkthrough of the completed residence, the design integrity is meticulously monitored and managed.

    2. Designer Involvement Is Priority

    As mentioned, though it’s certainly not the case with ​every​ building or construction company, builders tend to stray from design plans without consulting the designer.

    This can happen on large features or material choices or on smaller details, however, with a design-build firm, the designers you chose to create your home plans are ​guiding​ the process and ​leading​ the in-house builders through that vision in a hands-on, involved way. This helps to maintain the design integrity all the way through to the finish line.

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    3. Design-Build Takes Total Responsibility

    Additionally, there are great advantages as a homeowner to having a singular company manage every piece of your luxury home project.

    With a traditional design-bid-build project, responsibility is split across design and construction companies and all aspects of the project are divided amongst the groups, leaving room for potential blame shifting or misallocation of responsibilities and resources.  Having a single point of accountability in your luxury home project means more clarity for you and peace of mind coming from knowing that every detail will be attended to.

    4. Design-Build Expedites Projects

    Lastly, in recent research released by the ​Construction Industry Institute (CII), it was reported that design-build​ projects continue to ​deliver on a faster scale, ​while providing ​greater​ ​reliabilityin​ ​cost​ when compared to traditional building methods.

    In fact, it was noted that design-build projects see about 3.9 percent less schedule growth and are delivered ​much faster​ on average than design-bid-build projects. When you separate the design and build process by opting out of choosing a design-build firm, you run the risk of your project taking nearly twice as long to complete, costing more, and dealing with reliability and design congruence.

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    At Phil Kean Design Group, it is our mission to provide our clients with the complete solution for award-winning design ​and​ construction in their luxury residential projects. If you would like to speak with a Phil Kean Design Group representative about how our firm can bring your luxury home design to fruition, please fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch.

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  2. 4 Home Designs Sweeping Florida Luxury Neighborhoods in 2020

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    From an architectural standpoint, luxury home design trends in Florida are especially unique and interesting compared to in the rest of the nation. You’ll see designs and architecture expressing unique and beautiful styles and tastes set in a backdrop of architectural influences, one-of-a-kind landscaping and décor inspired by the modern artists of our day.

    And when you consider the most posh and awe-inspiring homes in Florida today, you might be fascinated to see what we’ve revealed here as the four invisible trends that you might not notice, unless you’re looking out for them.

    1. Sustainable Home Design

     

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    As awareness of the delicate nature of our planet becomes more prevalent, so do the home design trends and building techniques that continue to preserve it.

    One of the core reasons you don’t see much green design outside luxury neighborhoods is the fact that locally-sourced building materials are often more expensive and harder to come by than their less-sustainably sourced counterparts.

    Other eco-conscious building resources, such as green energy and sustainable materials, are also gaining popularity in the world of luxury, but do come at a price. This is gaining serious traction in eco-sensitive suburbs, especially near the coasts of Florida.

    2. Smart Home Design

    In the most exclusive areas of Florida, the infusion of technology in the designing and building of luxury homes is not as peculiar as one might think. From biometric door knobs, reading your thumbprint to unlock your door – to intelligent climate control and lighting, a significant number of the mundane day-to-day tasks are being controlled and enhanced through the use of integrated home technologies that make daily life easier, your home more modern, and your lifestyle more streamlined and automated than ever.

    Smartphones seem to be in our hands for most of the day. Smart televisions make unwinding after a long day easier than ever. Surround sound and music apps can fill your entire house with your favorite song at the touch of a button. Home devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa, take all of the above and control them with just the sound of your voice.

    3. Open Views

    Whether you’re building on the coast or want to watch the sunset over ancient oak trees, letting a little more of the outside in is trending in 2020. This means more (and larger) windows, natural spaces for enjoying nature in comfort, and even scenic views from the bathroom.

    Natural light is not only beautiful, but it’s also good for you. Designing a luxury home in an intuitive manner that takes build location, the direction of sunlight, and layout all into consideration is key to maximizing this desirable openness. From waking ith the morning rays to relaxing in the warm glow of evening, Florida is the perfect place to enjoy the outside, insight – year-round.

    4. Homes Designed with Privacy

    While this may seem like a counterintuitive point to coexist alongside open views and scenic bathrooms, you’ll notice that more home designs in luxury neighborhoods are being built with privacy in mind. Whether or not strategic landscaping plays a part in choosing a more isolated location, privacy is key to a home feeling comfortable, peaceful and truly luxurious.

    In Florida, this sometimes means that creativity is necessary. Utilizing the natural features of the land, constructing subtle and subdued fencing from locally-sourced materials, and embracing the privacy that fantastic landscaping can give you all  of the options that we see trending in Florida’s most luxurious neighborhoods in 2020.

    If you’d like to speak with the Phil Kean Design Group regarding your luxury home design, please fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch!

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  3. The Love Shack: A Custom Modern Home in the Mountains

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    Nestled in the treetops, the “Love Shack” — which is anything but shack-like in appearance—brings modern residential architecture lines to the wild beauty of nature in North Carolina. A unique example of sustainable architecture and contemporary design, this custom modern home blends Phil Kean Design Group’s award-winning aesthetic with the homeowner’s vision for a peaceful, natural retreat.

    Minimizing Environmental Impact by Going Vertical

    Located on a high-ridge site surrounded by sycamore, basswood, oak and yellow poplar trees, one of the biggest challenges presented during the modern home’s construction was minimizing environmental impact while making the most of the sloping site. Consulting renowned arborists in order to protect and preserve the surrounding woodland, the home was built on a limited footprint of just 600 square feet, adding livable space in the form of three stories plus a loft. This vertical approach reduces the structure’s impact on the surrounding forest, while still providing the homeowners with the luxury house and open living space they had envisioned for their mountaintop retreat.

    Connecting with Nature both Indoors and Out

    Breathtaking landscape views encapsulate the home from every angle, with 30 miles of the Blue Ridge, Smokey Mountains, Lake Fontana and lush, green forestry visible through floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors. Stepping into the home is a complete sensory experience, with striking surroundings at every turn, a large balcony porch to enjoy the fresh mountain air on, and recycled wood used throughout the cabin to further blend the outdoors and the indoors into one naturally beautiful creation.

    Energy Efficiency Meets Style with Zola Windows and Doors

    In keeping with the home’s ultra energy efficient vision, Zola Thermo Clad windows and doors were used throughout the Love Shack. These energy-conserving additions helped the home meet strict green design codes while remaining a striking and functional part of its overall modern design. Sliding glass doors and tilt-turn windows, also by Zola European Windows, were incorporated into the home, making up integral parts of the Love Shack’s unmatched eco-chic aesthetic.

    Learn more about the Love Shack and read an interview with the homeowner, Ken LaRoe, and architect, Phil Kean, on the Zola European Windows website.

  4. PKDG Makes Progress on the 2017 New American Home

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    Chosen to take on the challenge of designing and building the 2017 New American Home, Phil Kean Design Group continues to break the molds of modern architecture and produce never-before-seen home design. Located at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, the contemporary home features a truly one-of-a-kind custom floor plan, complete with two courtyards—one featuring a putting green and the other a resort-like pool—and a swanky roof terrace overlooking the lake. As of April 2016, construction on this lofty project has advanced tremendously. Watch the video below to get a closer look at the design and build process and learn more about the unique features the home will include.