Thursday, November 29, 2012

Final Residential Project: Philly Loft

For a while this semester, I've felt like I've been just trying to stay afloat. I've been getting my final grades back and it seems like things are starting to fall into place. It's a weird feeling to realize that I might actually be swimming now! 

It's kind of been a cool process because I can look and see how much better my work is getting and it makes me so proud of myself and how hard I've worked this semester. 

I've always thought I wanted to do Residential Design and so it's been fun for me to take this as a class and I've really enjoyed it. This last project is almost exactly what I'd like to do. We took an apartment shell, space planned the whole thing then picked out furniture, finishes, and decorative items for three of the rooms. It was fun but extremely time consuming.

Here are the project requirements:

The Client

The Park family have recently moved from Korea to the US for husband Chan's work with a large auto manufacturing company. They will be designing a home in this new apartment complex in Philadelphia and were impressed by your work. The family includes wife Mikyoung, and her father Yong Hwa and mother Shin Hye. Chan and Mikyoung plan to have children, but not right away. The husband also has elderly parents who could benefit from sharing the new home. They are all independent people who require privacy, so separate entries are necessary for the main unit and parents' unit.

The couple has a good income but little in the way of savings. The parents have the necessary capital to buy the units and finance the down payment. Though they are currently in perfectly good health, it is important for the parents' apartment to be accessible. A layout consisting of side-by-side units with separate but related entrances are necessary. The family's aesthetic is traditional eclectic. You may mix multiple historical styles and may make use of historically-inspired contemporary furnishings. Use care in mixing multiple styles that you pay attention to scale, proportion, form, etc. so that everything, while diverse, goes together. You can use the Connected Lines Furniture Style Guide to help you.

Parents' Unit: approx. 750 sq ft

  • A combined kitchen/dining/living space with a media wall and shelving for books or additional storage
  • Bedroom with sitting area, closet space for two, desk, shelves
  • Laundry space
  • One bathroom

Main Unit: approx. 1500 sq ft

  • Combined kitchen/dining/living space with a media wall and shelving for books or additional storage
  • Master bedroom with sitting space and closet for two
  • Two bedrooms for guests, adaptable for future children
  • Study/office
  • Laundry
  • Two bathrooms


You will present a digital presentation in a format of your choosing. Give careful consideration to how the presentation is organized, what information should be provided, and how a reader will navigate what is provided. Presentation to include:

  • Furniture plans for both units with a graphic scale executed in a method of your choosing
  • High quality digital samples of finishes with identifying labels for Master Bedroom, Living OR Dining, and Kitchen OR Bath in Main Unit ONLY:
    • Floors, walls and ceilings
    • Window treatments
    • Furniture fabrics/finishes
    • Decorative lighting
  • Estimated budget for three rooms chosen above, using the prices published in the Interior Designer's Portable Handbook

Since this was a digital presentation I'm putting the whole PDF on here if anyone is interested in looking at it. You can't do it on your phone...only a computer but it's kind of fun to flip though!

                     Open publication - Free publishing - More floorplan

If you are on your phone or don't want to look at the whole thing, here are a few highlights!

Also, we had to do a budget and if you were wondering, my budget came out to $84,094.57 (including construction). Here is my budget breakdown if you're interested (or if you want to see where any of the furniture came from)

                      Open publication - Free publishing - More budget


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