Posted by Dan Thomson on August 28, 2012 in Architectural Design
The Architect in Me
One of the ways MAC adds values to a developer is by helping to fine-tune floorplans – one of the most enjoyable elements of my role. Quite often MAC is presented drawings for a building that are still in draft form. The building often looks very beautiful on the exterior but requires much more work to make the suites liveable and functional on the inside. I would argue that any collection of rooms can be turned into a condo, but it takes a lot of time, patience and know-how to turn it into a home.
The process of getting a floorplan to the best possible form can go many different ways depending on the developer, the architect and the overall vision for the project. However, the usual process takes many months of “back and forth” to refine over and over and over again. In the end, we strive to have a plan that is functional, flows well and was worth the team effort. Making these important modifications will have a huge impact on how the eventual residents of a suite will live.
Most people would not recognize all of the fine-tuning that may have gone into their new condo. It’s not always something significant like the number of rooms. Instead it’s often the smaller details of how one lives in the space such as changing a door swing so it does not impact a closet, how a column is integrated, how furniture will eventually be placed, or even toilet placement!
These items may seem obvious, but it never ceases to amaze me how often we look at plans that don’t appear to have “real life living” planned into them. As homes become smaller and smaller we’re forced to make some sacrifices while ensuring a home is still liveable. Here’s one I’ve had bookmarked for my own reference from Buzz Buzz Homes. This 480 sqft home is tiny but very efficient!
At MAC we are always striving to make our homes better for those who will ultimately live in the home. We’re always looking for the best and most effective plans for our developers to build and that will have the greatest positive impact on our buyers. I’m fortunate to work at a place that focuses so much on these details in addition to all the other ways MAC adds value to the marketing and sales process.