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  1. Phil Kean Design Group–Your First-Class Partner for Modern, Luxury Home Design

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    As a client seeking out the perfect architecture firm to create a modern, luxury home, we’re sure that you are looking for a world class experience along with your beautiful home design.

    While a portfolio laced with stunning, luxury homes and breathtaking design is a crucial requirement for a luxury firm (and one we are proud to provide), we know our clients come to us with unique needs and desires and they deserve our signature touch in their residence design, a highly-experienced team, and a premium experience.

    At the Phil Kean Design Group, we believe that luxury should encompass the entirety of our clients’ experience, from ideation to the day when they walk through the doors of their new home. That’s why we continue to provide our white glove delivery all the way through the process. Our team at Phil Kean Design Group—a highly-awarded architecture company throughout the United States—integrates a multi-faceted approach to bringing you lavish residence and a remarkable experience.

    So, what exactly is it like to work with Phil Kean Design Group? Continue reading to learn more about our award-winning firm.

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    Leading Technology for Modern, Luxury Residences

    Our talented team of architects and builders are the driving force behind our success in the luxury, modern home space. Their talents and skills, however, are further enhanced by our focus on implementing leading visualization technology in all stages, giving us the ability to bring our multi-million-dollar projects to life.

    Through the use of leading software, we’re able to provide clients with our renowned 3D architectural rendering services intertwined throughout our entire design and build process. From the first concept meeting, the Phil Kean Design Group team will gather intricate details to carefully develop your custom design—from there, we begin our multi-step design culminating in a state-of-the-art 3D model walkthrough of your final design. This feature is one we proudly integrate into our clients’ full-service contracts and is a customized facet of our signature touch.

    Award-Winning, World-Renowned Experts

    Phil Kean Design Group takes pride in each and every project—from the creation of a single luxury home to the design and construction of premium villas, every project receives the same attention to detail, access to cutting-edge technology, and personal touch from an industry-leading team.

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    VIP Design Build

    Our architects, designers and builders are leaders in their industries, and what truly sets Phil Kean Design Group apart from other modern, luxury home designers is our team’s carefully curated skill to meet clients’ wants and needs while constructing unique works of art.  We have the capabilities and the in-house resources to be the single point of accountability from the design of the architecture, to the construction of your home.

    At Phil Kean Design Group, we specialize in crafting VIP client services to ensure each and every one of our clients is heard, their needs are met, and their input is thoughtfully implemented into our team’s award-winning design strategy.

    Award-Winning Residences

    Our architectural team focuses on creating stunning residences that flawlessly merge luxury design, modern aesthetic, leading trends, and clients’ voiced input. Together, these facets coalesce, enabling us to elevate your home to the upper echelons of design.

    We encourage you to browse our portfolio of projects showcasing our modern architecture, state-of-the-art living spaces, timeless designs, and other unique features. Further, we suggest exploring our archive of blog articles focusing on luxury design, modern luxury residences, and unique living spaces.

  2. 3D Renderings in Architecture: How We Craft Luxury Home Visualizations

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    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.

     

  3. 3D Architectural Renderings for Modern Homes—Sophistication Every Step Of The Way

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    Delivering 3D architectural renderings–architectural visualizations of the client’s dream home–are an oft overlooked aspect of the home design-build process.

    In this post, we are going to describe how these 3D renderings assist in personalizing the home building process for our customers.

    In fact, these renderings have been key to our history of success at bringing multi-million dollar homes to life.

    Let’s dig in!

    A Look At How Phil Kean Design Group’s 3D Architectural Models Offer A Superior Design Experience

    At Phil Kean Design Group, we take the utmost pride in designing and building distinctive, luxury residences that are visually stunning and tailor-made to fit each client’s unique needs and desires.

    Our attention to detail is evident beyond just our finished products–we strive to provide white glove 3D architectural rendering services intertwined throughout out entire design/build process.

    Starting with the very first concept meeting, we gather the information needed to intricately develop your custom home design. After the development of your design, we create a state-of-the-art 3D model walkthrough of the final design, a feature we proudly integrate into our clients’ full-service contracts.

    Our 3D rendering offers more than just a glimpse of what your home might look like.  It brings your project to life and creates the virtual experience of walking through your new home for the first time without ever taking a step inside.

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    Benefits of a 3D Architectural Renderings Process

    In the luxury residential architecture space, our 3D architectural rendering services provide a thrilling experience for our clients. Once clients see a model of their dream home—a one-of-a-kind 3D experience rather than your typical 2D rendering—they are delivered a breathtaking moment of wonder.  It’s the first moment a client is able to see the intricate details we’ve infused into their home.

    Their home design truly comes to life—before the construction process begins.

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    In addition to this being a memorable experience, we believe there are even more benefits of seeing your custom designed home for the first time.

    The Full 3D Rendering Experience—Getting To Know Your Final Home Design

    Your 3D architecture visualization allows you to see everything from the exteriors to the interiors, flooring details to the ceiling, lighting options and features. Each of these are showcased in detail in your 3D architectural model to help preview the experience and details you will enjoy under the current home design specifications.

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    Because we bring a beautiful 3D rendering to life for our clients, they get to see their selections clearly laid out, rather than on a blueprint, 2D render or on a sketch. This is a part of what makes our clients feel confident and reassured about their modern home design–they know that their requirements, priorities and goals will be met by the final phase of construction because they have already seen it.

    In-House Customizations & Changes Are Just A Request Away

    Our 3D modeling process allows you to become comfortable with your unique design before ground is ever broken on your project.

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    To help ensure that we are are flexible and responsive to any feedback a client might have during the design/build process, we pride ourselves in having an in-house 3D rendering artist at Phil Kean Design Group that allows us to make tweaks in real-time. We then re-render these design changes for final approval in a timely manner.  Rather than outsourcing to a rendering company, we consider it a necessity to be able to make tweaks in-house without having to wait on long or onerous outsourcing turnaround times.

    Our 3D Architectural Models Belong To You—You Can Share Them As You Please

    Part of the excitement of creating a luxury home is being able to share your love for the design process with your friends and family.

    Because our 3D modeling is part of our client experience, the architectural rendering we create belong to you! You’re welcome to share it with your friends and family, planning boards, homeowner associations, and even on your favorite social media platforms (don’t forget to tag us using @philkeandesigngroup! 🙂 ).

    If you have enjoyed reading about the benefits of the 3D architectural rendering services we offer to our architectural clients, we anticipate that you’ll enjoy our upcoming article describing how exactly we go about our detailed process of creating these models that delight and thrill our clients. Stay tuned for our next installment digging deeper into 3D architectural models within the luxury home space.

    You may also browse through our portfolio of modern architecture, state-of-the-art living spaces, timeless kitchens, and other unique design details, as well as our archive of blog articles focusing on luxury design and modern luxury residences.

  4. How We Accentuate Modern Luxury Residences

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    Modern luxury residences rely on aesthetic and seamless functionality.

    Oftentimes, crafting the perfect luxury residence has less to do with the big picture and grandeur, and actually has more to do with the smaller, more intricate details that piece the modern home together.

    In other words, the smallest touches make the biggest differences.

    While notable additions like integrated outdoor/indoor spaces, fitness centers, and bright, functional kitchens surely have their place in modern luxury residences, the attention to detail distinguishes a well thought-out modern home that works.

    Here are the top four places we accentuate our modern luxury residences:

    1. Foyers & Entranceways

    2. Custom Doors

    3. Glass Walls & Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

    4. Multi-Textured Exteriors

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    Foyers & Entranceways

     

    Firstly, a well-designed foyer commands attention–it sets the tone for a home’s design.

    This vital detail of a home acts as the elegant transition from the outside of a home to the inside of it. Foyers that are intentionally designed with modern aesthetic and functionality in mind may feature elements such as high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, sculptural staircases that draw the eye upward, extraordinary finishes, and state-of-the-art lighting that provide an elegant finish that grants grace to the rest of your home.

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    Next, our modern luxury residences incorporate custom doors. This seemingly small detail can enhance a home’s aesthetic immediately by acting as luxury focal point before you step inside of your home.

    Modern double-front doors with specific uses of glass and unique doors made from uniquely sourced or handcrafted materials can create a clean and efficient statement that offers an impressive, luxury aesthetic. Front doors with custom designs act as more than just entranceways. They also act as a key integral element of the home’s complete design.

     

    Glass Walls & Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

     

    Additionally, floor-to-ceiling windows and glass walls offer a modern, clean aesthetic that integrates functionality by providing your luxury home with ample natural lighting. Floor-to-ceiling windows, especially when integrated throughout specific key areas of the home, can virtually eliminate the border between your indoor living space and nature outside. Wall-style windows create a spacious, open living area warmed with sunlight.

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    Multi-Textured Exteriors

     

    Lastly, the exterior textures of modern luxury residences aren’t always considered as the focal points of a luxury home.

    However, understanding small details like the thoughtful layering of modern textures transform a home from the appearance of something standard into a something luxury or modern. From white-washed brick and rich wood to multi-colored stone and neutral paint, a well-designed, intentional home exterior featuring richly-contrasting textures can dramatically improve the luxurious look and feel of a home.

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    If you’ve enjoyed this article, we anticipate you’ll enjoy reading through our archive of interior design and luxury home articles available here. Additionally, please enjoy exploring our ever-growing residential portfolio here, which is filled with our inspiring interiors and examples of our unique, modern luxury residential design.

  5. Modern Residential Architects’ Top Design Trends 2020

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    Modern Residential Architects’ Top Design Trends of 2020

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    A luxury home in 2020 offers more than lavish finishes and large floor plans.

    Modern residential architects emphasize blending form and function by designing products that merge convenience, proper lighting, & unique touches to elevate the home.

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    In fact, a truly modern, luxury home in 2020 focuses on a timeless layout with features that offer modern technology as well as high-end finishes and amenities by implementing a few, key design details.

    Blending Indoor & Outdoor Space

    One of the top trends in luxury design is blurring the line between indoor and outdoor space. This can be achieved in several unique ways.

    Deploying floor-to-ceiling windows enhances the offering of natural light. Another option is to use walls of glass that pocket to literally open the interior space to the outdoors. In either case, mimicking the look of lavish indoor spaces in outdoor spaces by integrating similar furnishings and flooring help to blur the line between the inside and outside.

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    Featuring State-of-the-Art Technology

    Modern residential architects focus on creating a functional home that balances aesthetics and logistics.

    By designing and integrating current technology features, a luxury home can be smoothly transformed into a modern smart home. With elements such as smart thermostats, motion sensor lighting, cloud-based security systems, and network-connected appliances and equipment that integrate with your smart phones and watch, your modern home can be a lavish, aesthetically pleasing home that incorporates convenience and accommodation for your every impulse.

     

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    Lavish Kitchens

    Adding unique features to your kitchen design such as floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, beautifully-layered textures, seamlessly integrated appliances can transform your space into a luxury, modern kitchen focusing on convenience as well as warmth and allure will make your residence feel like home.

    Dressing Rooms and Walk-In Wardrobes

    A modern closet is about more than having more space. A modern residential architects in 2020 will feature design elements that transform your closet into a luxury dressing room. With floor-to-ceiling mirrors, balanced lighting, and built-in shelving units that showcase your collection of shoes, purses and clothing, a simple closet morphs into a decadent dressing room.

    If you enjoyed reading about the most relevant trends that modern residential architects are using in 2020, we anticipate that our archive of blog articles focusing on luxury design and modern residences will appeal to you. Please view our portfolio of modern architecture as well to get a glimpse of our custom homes featuring indoor/outdoor living, state-of-the-art kitchen design, and our many unique design details.

  6. 4 Luxury Home Design Trends You Will See In 2020

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    The new year is just around the corner and close behind it are 2020’s newest home design trends that will take luxury homes by storm. Here are four of our favorite up-and-coming home design trends that you will see in 2020:

    1. Prioritizing Personalization
    2. State-of-the-Art Home Fitness Centers
    3. Thoughtful Outdoor Spaces
    4. Unbelievable Kitchens

    Prioritizing Personalization

     

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    One of the hardest parts about designing a modern residence is standing out from the crowd of typical luxury home designs.

    However, with so many cues devolving from fresh to standard in the luxury space, once unique elements have become commonplace and some have lost their luster.

    In 2020, we’ll see them get back being designed as one-of-a-kind, truly bespoke residences.

    Personalization is key – your home design should satisfy your needs, desires and the functions you will need in your home. Your version of luxury, function and dĂ©cor should vary from others’ – we all have our own style, tastes, and lifestyle goals in and from our homes.

    However, one thing is certain–including the most current amenities and technology will increase your home’s comfort and enhance its livability.

    Working with a world class designer ensures your home’s amenities, layout, furniture, and flow will reflect your personal style and work in harmony with your daily routine, entertainment and lifestyle needs.

    State-of-the-Art Home Fitness Centers

     

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    Health and wellness are always in style–Americans are exercising more than ever. In 2020, that won’t change at all.

    However, in 2020, home gyms will increasingly and conveniently be moving inside your home! There are many reasons for this trend, and taking advantage of this opportunity to build your dream home gym is just a stone’s throw away. Incorporating fitness facilities into your luxury design can take many forms, further pushing the personalized aspect of custom residences. The options you choose will ultimately depends on your fitness preferences and what you enjoy.

    A home fitness center with the latest machines and innovations elevates your home design by integrating custom sound features and by giving you a tremendous view into nature or the ocean from a full wall of windows. If you enjoy breathing fresh air while you workout, giving our gym indoor/outdoor versatility can make it even more functional and unique.

    From mini yoga and pilates studios to swim spas and plunge pools–these are many of the fantastic additions to health-conscious residence. Including an onsite spa complete with showers, a sauna, a massage room, a hot tub, and any other type of recovery equipment can complete your luxury fitness experience and keep you achieving your daily health goals.

    Thoughtful Outdoor Spaces

     

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    High-end homes differentiate themselves in many. Those with thoughtfully-designed outdoor spaces stand out amongst the crowd.

    Thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces function as an extension of your home as an additional living area, which allows you and your guests to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

    The top home amenities to your outdoor space in 2020 will include spacious lanais, built-in retractable screens, misters, fully-loaded outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, TV’s specialty lighting, and custom furniture.

    Of course, customized pools with spas and tanning shelves make our luxury home design wish list too.

    Lavish pools with features such as waterfalls and infinity edges will speckle the most dazzling homes you’ll see heading into 2020. The leisurely life is moving outdoors and those residences that have this al fresco flair will rank high in luxury home design.

    Unbelievable Kitchens

     

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    Gourmet kitchens will never go out of style, but the design and functionality of them do change.

    Luxury kitchens in 2020 could contain warming drawers, wine cabinets, smart cooking appliances and hidden walk-in pantries. They can be designed to provide all the tools necessary to prepare and present gourmet meals as well as serve as part of the home’s living and entertainment areas.

    As guests tend to gravitate toward the kitchen, creating spaces for collaboration or conversation over meal preparation will be a trend continuing in the coming year.

    This means we’ll see more counter space than ever, open layouts that facilitate flow and unobstructed sightlines, and expertly-placed lighting.

    There’s no doubt that you want to have your finger on the pulse of the latest home design trends when designing your custom home. Phil Kean Design Group prioritizes setting the latest home trends and collaborating with you to create a dream home that will satisfy your distinctive requirements and unique lifestyle! If you’re building or renovating a luxury home and would like to speak with Phil Kean Design Group, please fill in the form below and we will be in touch.

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  7. Interior Design Projects Affect Your Life in These 5 Fascinating Ways

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    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 DĂ©cor

    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.

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  8. 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 www.philkeandesigns.com is a really great place to start envisioning your dream home.

  9. The Golden Ratio and Modern Residential Architecture with Proportion

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    Architecture is a blend of art and engineering; mastery of the golden ratio in modern architecture is a lifelong endeavor.

    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.

    The History of Perfect Proportions

    Our distant ancestors in Egypt, Greece, and Rome recognized and recorded their observations on how beauty could be quantified in terms of the proportions of a given body or object. In fact, they came up with a mathematical interpretation of the ideal proportional building block. Although it originated in the early works of civilization, it is still applied in mathematics, art, music, and a host of other artistic, engineering, and scientific pursuits.

    The Greeks referred to it as Phi. While the more widely known “pi” is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, “phi” is the ratio of line segments that occur when a line is divided in a specific way. Unlike “pi”, which is a transcendental number, “phi” is the solution to a quadratic equation. It creates an ideal rectangle.

    Phi = 1.618803…ad nauseam. Like pi, it’s a number that goes into infinity.

    Down through history, Phi has also been known as the Divine Proportion, the Golden Ratio, the Golden Section, the Golden Mean, the Golden Triangle, the Golden Rectangle, and other similar names that reflect its value to the practitioner of whatever specialty it is being applied to.

    Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, a Roman architect who lived and worked during the reign of Augustus Caesar, wrote a treatise on architecture that assembled and described what the ancients knew about the subject. Now known as the Ten Books of Architecture, De Architectura viewed architecture as an imitation of nature and explored man’s sense of proportion, especially as it relates to the human body.

    Renaissance architects and artists like Andrea Palladio, Leon Battista Alberti, and Leonardo da Vinci realized that ancient generations were on to something with the concept of the ideal proportion in aesthetics. They adapted and enhanced the theory that we are predisposed to find certain proportions more visually pleasing than those that jarringly deviate from that ideal. This focus on incorporating the “Divine Proportion” in art and architecture formed a key underpinning of classical architecture from that point on.

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    The Golden Ratio and Modern Architecture

    During the 20th century, a significant number of modern architects tended to break away from the ideal proportions of classical architecture. The results were often not well received.

    Today, many architects seem to be returning to the “Golden Ratio” as an important tool in crafting the appearance of structures ranging from massive institutional and commercial buildings to single-family homes. Phil Kean, whom is a modern residential architect, agrees with this approach.

    “At Phil Kean Design Group, we have a deep respect for these ancient theories and generally adhere to the ideal strictures of proportion when creating modern house plans. Proportions may vary somewhat, but we try to remain conscious of that Golden Ratio. If we deviate from it, we make sure that the deviation will enhance rather than detract from the overall aesthetics and functionality of the structure,” says Kean.

    “Since we always begin with the floor plan rather than the facade or front elevation, the finished layout invariably suggests how that facade should look and as a result, it too is based on the golden ratio.”

    • Jim O’Leary, Winter Park Home

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