This condominium apartment is not very big but has a certain spaciousness to it, with an open plan living-dining areas and a potential for an open kitchen. The clients are a really nice couple with a great vision and lots of design ideas. The biggest challenges are moving a bathroom and installing a central AC system. Once I had my task laid out in front of me, the work has begun. Here's what we are starting out with:
|EXISTING FLOOR PLAN|
There is a huge window in the dining area facing a courtyard, but at seven floors up all you see are the opposite walls...
|FLOOR PLAN OPTION A|
While all this is going on, we're exploring different options for the central AC system. The roof and the courtyard are off-limits and we can't sacrifice a window for a conventional system to be installed in a mechanical room inside the apartments. Mike from EMC (http://www.energymechanical.com/) recommends a high-velocity system. I've had very good experience with them in the past, especially with Unico (http://www.unicosystem.com/). They're quiet, economical to run and have very small outlets, round or rectangular. Now we have to wait for Mike's proposal to assess the cost.
In an off-chance that our initial plan does not get approved, I came up with an alternative solution. This plan doesn't allow for a breakfast area, but other than that, I almost like it better. I should probably explain what the general design idea is. We're creating a traditional, almost Baroque, envelope (walls, doors, trim) and then stuffing it with an eclectic mix of furniture, fixtures and finishes. With that said, Option B offers better opportunity for introducing traditional elements.
|FLOOR PLAN OPTION B|
To be continued...