The apartment market represents a vigorous $1.1 trillion industry, housing 35+ million renters nationwide. Such a competitive environment demands that apartment building owners provide quality housing along with truly innovative products, services and amenities. According to Apartments.com, nearly 60% percent of respondents prefer to rent, since this provides them an opportunity to enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle combined with convenient access to amenities.
By 2015, there will be 67 million people aged 20 to 34 (the prime years for renting) and 12.4 million empty nesters who will also be seeking opportunities to rewind; not just wind down. The younger generations may not be able to afford to buy a home or may choose the flexibility of rental housing verses home ownership. Today’s Empty Nesters are healthier and more active than any time in the past and many will opt to rent, preferring simple luxury living that comes without the burdens of home ownership. At first appearance, these groups seem to have different needs.
In actuality, the amenities that both groups look for in a property are quite similar. Transcending age, today’s educated renter expects a multitude of amenities including fitness centers, business centers, dog walks, pet spas, socially-active lounges and lobbies, club-rooms, game rooms, bike storage and workshop, as well as great outdoor living spaces and swimming pools…all with an atmosphere that equals the quality of a fine hotel. So the idea is not to necessarily target a specific age group but to design for people of different generations with common interests.
Millenials, Generation Y, Eco-Boomers and Empty Nesters alike have demonstrated that they prefer hanging-out in groups and like to participate in social activities frequently. Yet people also want to feel comfortable spending time alone in public areas. Whether indoors or out, defined intimate spaces provide cozy areas for groups as well as for the resident who is solitary yet prefers a social setting. Regardless of age, amenities with options for both singles and groups create socially-active spaces that provide a sense of home and community.
Opening in November of 2013, the Avant at Reston Town Center, has demonstrated that a mixed-generational design approach is successful. Rich Ellis from Boston Properties says “The vision for the Avant, architecturally and operationally, was developed with a multi-demographic focus. Market studies and the Company’s experience in the Town Center told us that the project would attract a wide-range of prospects, from young professionals to empty nesters to divorcees to corporate users seeking a home 5 nights a week. The goal was to create a community and building that made each of these groups feel comfortable while also tapping into their shared interests.
Realizing that the mixed-generational trend in housing will continue into the future, at HDG, our design approach for residential buildings is creative, holistic and practical. Considering the needs of various age groups is important, yet finding the common thread allows for design that will bring generations together.
POSTED ON JUNE 30, 2014
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We are thrilled and humbled to be celebrating a wonderful milestone this year –
Over the many years, we have had the pleasure of working with wonderful people.
Our amazing clients are true visionaries in development and we are honored to collaborate with you on the evolution of Washington, DC and Metro area’s landscape. Thank you for your vision and commitment to creating buildings where residents truly feel at home.
Along with our clients, our resourceful vendors are on-point and a huge support in designing these interiors – thank you.
Finally, HDG’s success and strength is truly captured in our dynamic, talented and thoughtful employees – our Designers and Administrative Staff continue to push the design bar and we would like to thank you for your commitment to HDG.
To honor our 25th anniversary, we have made a donation to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. If you’d like to support this wonderful charity, we would be grateful.
POSTED ON MAY 24, 2013
WHAT IS REVIT?
Before we get into the benefits and challenges of this powerful application – let’s define it. Autodesk Revit is Building Information Modeling software for architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers, and contractors. It allows users to design a building and its components in 3D, annotate the model with 2D drafting elements and access building information from the model’s database. Revit is 4D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building’s life cycle, from concept to construction and later demolition. (credit)
HDG’S EXPERIENCE WITH REVIT:
Embracing the world of Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been an illuminating experience for those of us at HDG. Our early adoption in 2009 and our commitment to BIM is beginning to bring great benefits to our firm and most importantly, to our Clients.
One of the main reasons why we believe in Revit is that it challenges the traditional work flows in Interior Design by demonstrating enhanced design and coordination throughout all phases of the project. When using Revit software, building components such as plans, sections, and elevations are intelligently connected to each other. We appreciate this because it reduces repetition of tasks and facilitates a synchronized set of documents.
The process has had some challenges. Because Interior Design Revit components are not as abundant as architectural components, implementing custom libraries and templates has been more time intensive than initially imagined. Other challenges have included longer learning curves and higher upfront costs.
MORE INFORMED DESIGN: As interior designers, we are very excited about designing in an updated 3 dimensional approach. Using the architect’s model, our design team can virtually walk through a building at the start of a project (prior to beginning design). This feature allows viewing of the building structure, the volume, the window penetrations…and the challenges. The 3D visual of the interior spaces informs design in a way not possible with traditional 2D drafting software such as AutoCAD.
BETTER DOCUMENT COORDINATION: Revit provides our clients with the coordination benefits that are lacking in a 2D program. When all consultants are Revit based, the team is working essentially on the same model. The software alerts each consultant graphically to conflicts, providing consultants with information that prompts coordination. This does not mean perfection. After all, humans are inputting the information. However; we believe that it will improve the process and provide a better end result for the Owner.
JOB COSTING: Once the contractor adopts Revit, construction budgets become automated and thus faster and more accurate. BIM based software allows for automated takeoffs of material including flooring, ceilings, walls…even entire rooms. Instead of 2D line based drawings, the takeoffs, counts, and measurements can be generated directly from the integral model.
*The Owner will not fully benefit from the program unless all consultants are using Revit based software. *Software development needs to catch up with all disciplines including, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture. *The learning curve can be long *Substantial upfront investment – software, hardware, and training
POSTED ON APRIL 25, 2013