Phase 3 of our modern home construction project for The New American Home 2021 is the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) phase!
This post will focus on our rough-ins, including gas line rough-ins, electrical, roof drains, and our plumbing rough-ins going in. We’ve also started our exterior work with our stucco, and exterior paint will follow that.
We pride ourselves in having great relationships with essential vendor teams who partner with us on this critical stage. Without their expert work, our inspiring architectural designs could not be brought to fruition. We will highlight some of those residential contractor relationships in our New American Home 2021 – Phase 3 video walkthrough below:
OmegaFlex’s TracPipe CounterStrike flexible gas piping was also a “must-have” with its AutoSnap fitting and resistance to lightning strikes. Eaton fixtures are a staple in The New American Home 2021 as they are featured throughout from the outlet receptacles to the circuit panels. Their new Wi-Fi smart devices will be the envy of the neighbors, allowing one to schedule lights to go ON and OFF or DIM at the touch of a button through Amazon’s Alexa App.
In addition to Eaton’s smart devices, Control 4 took the smart house to a whole new level by integrating the whole home with their control system. Not only can one control the lighting of the home through their app-based system, but it also controls the shades, security and HVAC system. Control 4’s system also works directly with Phantom Screens’ retractable motorized screens used on the terrace, as well as their solar shades on the windows. This is all with thanks to the Somfy home motor system that Phantom Screens uses that Control 4 has the ability to connect with.
Ready to start your next residential modern home project? Contact us here or give us a call at 407-599-3922.
The New American Home 2021 modern home design process offers a different perspective than Phil Kean Design Group’s previous New American Homes designed and built in 2012 and 2017. In the below video, Phil Kean shares his ideas for the modern architectural design of the home, and walks through the features and amenities of each floor.
While still modern, this home has a treehouse feel with the main living areas on the third floor looking down over the treetops. As part of an urban luxury development of seven high-end custom homes and townhomes ranging from 3,000 sq. ft. to over 8,000 sq. ft., this home offers luxury living with all the finest finishes, and a walk-to-location in the heart of Winter Park, Florida.
As we move into the future, we’ve found that walkability and location is ideal. However, in urban locations, walkable properties are hard to come by.
As with all Phil Kean homes, our mission is to provide award-winning design and construction with our architecturally distinctive spaces while integrating the finest quality of products and services.
With an art gallery entrance, the ground floor includes a three-car garage, guest bedroom with en suite bath and office. A dog room dedicated to man’s best friend is also featured on the ground level, along with added doggie doors located on every floor.
The second floor is dedicated to the owner’s suite with a large master bedroom and spa-like master bath that connects to a boutique walk-in closet. It also includes a TV lounge with walk-out balcony, laundry room, and an exercise room with sauna and en suite bath.
The third floor offers awe-inspiring 14’ ceilings throughout making it the perfect place to entertain, whether it be in the great room and music room or the state-of-the-art kitchen that connects to a large outside terrace and summer kitchen overlooking the treetops.
Check back here next week as Katie Kovac, our incredible Construction Coordinator, walks through this modern home’s design materials and partner vendors we chose for this stunning project in Winter Park, FL.
3D Renderings in Architecture: How We Craft Luxury Home Visualizations
Creating 3D renderings in architectural projects, like the one below, allow our clients to take a realistic step into the luxury home of their dreams.
It is an essential part of the Phil Kean Design Group’s architectural design process.
In our previous blog, we provided our readers with insight into how these renderings offer our clients a stunning, tailor-made 3D view of their luxury home design before breaking ground.
Now we are taking a closer look at this behind-the-scenes process, explaining how we take the home design we created for our client, and use cutting-edge technology and our in-house rendering expertise to create a detailed 3D rendering of both the outside and inside of the home.
The First 3D Rendering Steps
Once our architect and client are happy with the schematic design they’ve developed consisting of elevations and floor plans, the architect provides the project’s CAD file to our in-house rendering expert. With this information, our renderer creates an initial 3D model of the exterior of the home with our high-tech software.
The architect can use this model to further discuss the details of the home. They can open this model, rotate it and show the client their design from every angle, every perspective to ensure they’re not just satisfied with the concept, but feel exhilarated to see their residence come to fruition.
Crafting the 3D Rendering
Once the client signs off on the conceptual design, our design team gives our renderer everything they need to begin accurately developing the home 3D rendering—site photos, Google Earth data, exterior materials, etc. They add intricate details to the concept model, such as textures, colors, exterior lighting, hardscape, and even topographic landscape.
Finally, our interior design team develops the interiors of the 3D rendered model, creating luxury spaces with flooring materials, paint colors, ceiling details, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry, countertops and more. They lay out furniture placement and other décor throughout the home’s interiors and outdoor living areas. Every detail is modeled to represent the house exactly as it will be built.
When the design has been fully detailed, our render imports the model into our cutting-edge rendering program, Lumion, which is software that specializes in adding realism to the images and allows our architects to give our clients comprehensive views of their luxury home.
This unique program gives us the freedom to create an authentic experience for our clients—we can adjust sunlight to mimic the position of the sun at any given time of day, add realistic lighting that emits from sconces and pendants, and even create night views that provide our clients an in-depth look at the dramatic landscape lighting that’s possible.
Our Final Steps for Creating Luxury Home 3D Renderings
As our design team begins to finalize the details of our client’s home, our rendering expert spends time finely tuning each environment in the 3D rendering by adding realistic effects to make the experience look and feel even more lifelike.
For example, the renderer adds in reflective surfaces or translucent materials to create a sense of depth and texture. Water movement is added to water features and pools. Lighting and shadows are adjusted to reflect the time of day and weather used in the rendering (the rendering can include snow, fall foliage, sunsets, etc.).
When all the nuances have been incorporated, the render creates a 3D “fly around”.
Using this fly around technique, they create a video that will circle the house so our clients can see every angle of the design through a realistic experience that makes them feel like they’re truly standing in front of their home.
Then it gets even better!
The renderer can use Lumion to create a “fly thru” of the floor plan as well. The fly thru video gives our clients the experience of walking through their luxury home, as if they’re stepping into their home for the first time.
With this process, we’re able to grant our clients a realistic experience that allows them to get an authentic first look at what their luxury dream home will soon be.
If you enjoyed diving into our 3D rendering process, we encourage you to browse through our portfolio of modern architecture, state-of-the-art living spaces, timeless kitchens, and our other unique design details. Further, explore our archive of blog articles that focus on luxury design and modern luxury residences.
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.
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.
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 reliability in 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.
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.
Interior Design Projects Affect Your Life in These 5 Fascinating Ways
Your interior design project allows your personality to truly shine through your home at a significant level. It is, after all, where you spend the majority of your time. You might be hosting a social get-together or enjoying a relaxing evening with your loved ones, and you know well that the environment surrounding you plays a major role in your experience. It could be said that your interior design affects you just as much as you affect it.
As such, understanding how the aspects of your interior design project can influence you is vital to you, your guests, and the overall ambiance of your home.
1. The Power of Paint
The color of a room can directly affect your moods and feelings, making walls, ceilings and paint one of the most interesting–and important–interior design project choices. For example, studies have shown that blue tones are linked to feelings of calmness and serenity. Brighter, warmer colors, on the other hand, lend themselves to enthusiasm and energy.
The correct shades and color palette can make each room in your home come to life. Calming hues like blue can be great for bedrooms. Colors like orange work well for areas where you will be entertaining. Choosing the right colors could prove to be just as beneficial to your life as it is to your home’s design.
2. An Uptick in Value
While the overall styling and structure of your home are integral in establishing its value, interior design can build upon and increase that value dramatically. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint, high-quality fixtures, or even functional modifications–think about how much an upscale kitchen changes someone’s perception of a house–every adjustment you make is an investment in the future of your home!
As with any interior design investment, tasteful, high-end choices are bound to lead to positive returns. When selecting anything from flooring to appliances and beyond, remember that your home value will be positively affected by these changes.
3. Inspiring Entertainment
Whether you’re someone who enjoys large parties or someone who favors smaller, more intimate gatherings, the space you use for hosting needs to fit your preferred style of entertaining.
Making sure you choose the right seating arrangements, the correct lighting, the perfect shade of paint, and a myriad of other factors can not only facilitate your social gatherings, but also inspire friends and family. In the end, it all comes down to great interior design!
4. Naturally Healthy
While colors certainly have mood-altering properties, the presence of plants can actually purify air, increase focus, and even help you relax and unwind. In other words, no matter what color scheme you choose for your home’s interior design, make sure you throw a little green–and maybe some florals into the mix!
5. Positive Décor
Furniture, floor coverings, and even wall art often depict a challenging dilemma–do you lean toward functionality or obsess over style? The answer typically resides somewhere in the middle. By striking this balance, you can best embrace your aesthetic preferences while still creating a welcoming, livable space.
In fact, everything from the texture of upholstery to the seating arrangement can influence how you feel in a space. Be sure to focus on flow and day-to-day functionality, even if that means finding a balance between a luxurious design and comfort-oriented selections.
If you would like to speak with Phil Kean Designs Group about your upcoming interior design project, please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch shortly.
Building your luxury home design is exhilarating – the possibilities are simply endless! If you are looking for specialty rooms that elevate your home to the upper echelons of design, you’ve come to the right place. Here are six amazing rooms you should consider adding to your luxury home design:
1. Game Room
A well-appointed game room can be the perfect place to unwind, embrace your competitive side, and even host guests. Consider the possibilities–a billiards match, energizing light emanating from your state-of-the-art video game setup, and a cozy, modern sofa to watch your favorite movies.
No longer are game rooms limited to the old image of concrete basements and mini-fridges. Things have changed. In many luxury estates, you can find a much different room – well-appointed with luxurious materials, custom furniture and creative modern takes on what play and relaxation can look like.
Rich wood floorings, the classic look of antique books, the comfortable embrace of leather–the home library can be your quiet nook for the next rainy day. Your impressive collection of books and art allow you to escape into your own world within the pages of your next read.
3. Home Office
Having a comfortable home office space to work, research or handle business activities is important, especially if you want to take that early morning conference call without heading into work. A dedicated space allows you to focus and be more productive in your very own environment.
Switch on your favorite music and don’t forget, if you need a coffee or snack, your kitchen is only steps away. A home office grants you the versatility to conduct business, host and enjoy a produce space without leaving the house.
The biggest game of the season is inching closer; you and your loved one just enjoyed an indulgent home-cooked meal for date night. You have had friends and family over to stream the latest blockbuster…what do all of these scenarios have in common? They’re enhanced by a home theater, of course!
Plush chairs and ambient lighting with awe-inspiring audiovisual systems. Your home theater can give you and your guests the perfect place to reconnect and recharge.
5. Wine Room
Like most things, wine should be properly stored. If you have an extensive collection, rather than relying on a few underperforming wine racks, many luxury homes are incorporating their very own wine rooms.
For the connoisseur, you can take precise control over the temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors in which your wine will be stored, ensuring optimal conditions for long-term aging. We can even incorporate a tasting area and impressive display to enjoy with company.
6. Home Bar
Each amenity mentioned thus far would arguably be more enjoyable with a drink in hand, so why not include a home bar in your new luxury home design? Whether you prefer the minimalist décor of modernism or the richness of traditional design, your home bar can add that special touch that can bring an extra sparkle into your evening.
If you are interested in discussing your new luxury home design with Phil Kean Design Group, please fill in the form below and we’ll reach out to you!
Phil Kean Design Group Awarded “Top Custom Home Builder in Florida”
Many impressive homes rise from the lush green landscape of Central Florida. Gracing lakesides, enhancing the scenic vistas of oceanfront, standing in distinct accord against the impossibly blue skies of the Sunshine State, modern architecture is a common sight in the surrounding area of Orlando. While you can find example after example of such beautiful structures, those from one particular custom homebuilder stand out from the rest.
Phil Kean Design Group could be considered the epitome of modern architecture design but in reality, it is so much more. Its creations are more than blueprints for buildings. Instead, it embraces the challenge of finding unity between landscapes, the needs and desires of clients, and the individual artistry with which each home is imbued. Time after time, Phil Kean Design Group achieves the coveted balance needed to elevate an incomparable modern structure to the status of a one-of-a-kind, completely custom, luxurious dwelling. It is no wonder, then, that once again the prestigious accolade of Top Custom Home Builder has been received in 2019.
Clean, alluring lines speak to the irresistible artistic quality that is poured into each design, while the surrounding landscape is accounted for, allowing designs to dance with and complement the scenery rather than stand starkly against it.
The generous incorporation of glass emphasizes the harmonious bond between home and nature–a harmony that can be found in every aspect of each home, from the building materials to the calming inclusion of water features.
Each home, while strikingly modern and tech-forward, manages to find the impossible balance and integration between architecture and nature, giving them an organic feeling that many others attempt to replicate. This openness and organic fluidity flows into each masterpiece by Phil Kean Design Group. This is another way in which the Group sets itself apart. Rather than exercise in the sharp angles and cold minimalism that has become synonymous with contemporary architecture, the designs and dwellings one sees and enters are welcoming and created to be lived din, to entertain, and to savor.
Each client’s specific needs and desires are taken into consideration and woven seamlessly into the tapestry of the final product, giving a unique personal fingerprint to each home the group completes. From warm outdoor spaces for hosting summer dinner parties to bespoke interiors that make each room a piece of a cohesive whole, Phil Kean Design Group’s homes are as functional as they are inspiring.
Each design is ambitious without being superfluous, intimate yet artistic, and uncompromisingly stands on it own. With such work that simultaneously pushes boundaries and retains effortless beauty, Phil Kean Design Group is not just the epitome of modern architecture–it is the relentless evolution thereof.
We invite you to peruse the full portfolio and see with your own eyes the work, the designs – the wonder of modern architecture – that the judges at OBJ have named “The Top Custom Home Builder Of 2019”.
If you are interested in having Phil Kean Design Group design your own slice of heaven, please fill out the form below and you will be contacted within 48 hours.
Unofficially nicknamed the “Palm Court” for its undeniable Palm Springs party vibe, the 2017 New American Home by Phil Kean Design Group is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The 8,200-square foot home features an additional 4,200 square feet of outdoor living space, as well as five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a four-car garage. Located in the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, the $5.9 million residence showcases the latest in luxury modern home design trends, building techniques and green-building practices.
Unique Pod-Style Residential Architecture
With a one-of-a-kind figure-8 configuration, the house was built to feature a series of separate areas connected by breezeways. At the push of a button, the home’s glass walls open or close and can even be adjusted to accommodate everything from large crowds to intimate gatherings.
The custom modern home is broken down into four zones – the guest bedrooms, the exercise and billiards rooms, the public/common spaces and the master bedroom. At the center of the home, a glass-enclosed great room is surrounded by a covered lanai, providing access to the swimming pool, as well as a bar, temperature-controlled wine room, kitchen and family room. Beyond the family room, an outdoor kitchen and bar lead into a game room and a spa, which includes a home gym and steam room. On the opposite side of the great room, a four-sided glass fireplace separates the master bedroom wing from the rest of the house. On the home’s roof, an outdoor kitchen is flanked by two terraces, each with its own fire pit.
Blending Indoor and Outdoor Space
Every space in the house is encapsulated in glass pocket doors that effectively blur the lines between indoor rooms and outdoor areas. In fact, it can be easy to forget if you are indoors or outside as you make your way through the home.
Located in Central Florida, the home was designed to maximize outdoor living while protecting the interior spaces from overheating. Considering every detail during construction, the air flow across the pool and into the other courtyard actually keeps the temperature 15 degrees cooler inside than outside.
Signature Custom Home Touches
With professional golfers as neighbors and world-class greens practically in the backyard, the home would not be complete with a few unique features tying back to the sport. A planned home theater was transformed into a bar complete with a golf simulator perfect for evening practice. In the central courtyard, you’ll also find a putting green, surrounded by the glass walls of three of the home’s bedrooms.
A “dream home” looks different for everyone. For some, it includes an ultra-modern façade and minimalist interior design. For others, the ideal home would seamlessly blend the indoors and outdoors with open living spaces designed for entertaining. No matter what your idea of a perfect abode is, working with a custom home builder can help your vision come to life.
Ensuring the results you’ve dreamt of doesn’t have to be daunting. Our team of architects and designers has worked on countless custom home projects, learning the ins and outs of working with clients to achieve their ultimate home goals. The following are the top tips we have to share to forge a strong partnership with a luxury modern home builder and create your one-of-a-kind living space.
1. Quality qualifications and references matter.
You deserve to work with a firm that truly understands your wants and needs. Throughout your design/build process, you should feel confident that what is designed is what will be built. To ensure a smooth, communicative process, you’ll want to work with a custom home builder that has impeccable qualifications, a portfolio of existing luxury custom homes that makes your heart beat faster, and a substantial list of recent references. Look for architects and firms, like Phil Kean and Phil Kean Design Group (PKDG), that have a worldwide reputation for excellence and caring personal service that keeps each client at the center of the process start to finish.
2. Set the tone for your project with a thorough consultation.
As with most large-scale projects, communication is key to results you’ll love. When working with a custom home builder, you want to feel like yours is the only project their attention is focused on. A personal, face-to-face meeting can give you that peace of mind and a glimpse into what your relationship with the architect and designers will be like.
At PKDG, we offer clients warm, welcoming complimentary personal consultations, allowing you to explore your vision with an experienced professional. “We sit with a client and listen, really listen,” says Phil about the start of any partnership. “We discuss your architectural vision, your home site’s views and features and discuss how to match the design to your budget. Ultimately, we want learn all we can about your unique lifestyle.”
3. Schedule frequent checkpoints throughout the design process.
When building your dream home, it’s vital that you are allowed to be intimately involved in every aspect of the design process. Your design contract review should include a design requirement checklist for you to complete so your priorities are front and center, which is exactly what you will get working with PKDG. After conceptual designs are approved, you and PKDG will meet and revise 3D renderings until your custom luxury home plans and budget get your seal of “perfection.”
4. Look for a flexible and accountable team you can trust.
Working with a design/build firm like PKDG means you continue working with a team you know and trust for the best in modern home construction. There’s no handing your design off to another firm to build. You’ll be introduced to your own PKDG construction manager and selections coordinator and enjoy the confidence of weekly meetings. To ensure your total satisfaction, PKDG encourages design changes throughout the design and build process.
5. Integrate interior design into the design and construction phases.
Your dream home should be cohesive, freely flowing from the outside in and from room to room. Interior design plays a key role in accomplishing this, which is why it should be strongly considered during the design and construction phases. At PKDG, our internationally renowned PKDG Interiors firm is interwoven throughout the design and building processes, resulting in spaces that are quite spectacularly “you.” Our signature PKDG interiors include sustainability, integrating natural materials, utilizing the latest technologies and seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor living spaces. “We work all kinds of interior design details into the process, it’s all about how clients see themselves living in the home,’ says Rob Turner, President of PKDG Interior Design.
If you’re looking for the perfect partner in building your custom contemporary home, we invite you to explore the designs in our portfolio and contact our team. As Phil puts it, “It all comes down to excellence and service. That’s what we strive for with every single custom home we build.”