Designing A Residential Development – Harrison Homes Sheds Light on the Process
A crucial component to the success of a residential development is the architectural design. This is a layered process, through which the architect must thoroughly consider a multitude of competing factors to determine the best design to meet the developer’s specifications and needs of the end user.
We sat down with Harrison’s Director of Architecture, Jason McBryde, to shed some light on the methodology of the architectural process and how Harrison approaches the design-build of a single-family or townhome residential development.
Phase 1 – Preconstruction
The initial phase of designing a residential development starts with getting to know the client and understanding the project goals. Harrison Homes consults with the client and gathers information assembled for the build, including surveys, site plans, civil information, and design concepts. Harrison can provide feedback to existing architectural plans or create them from scratch, depending on the client’s needs.
Throughout the preconstruction and consultative phase, Harrison provides value by helping to identify and resolve any challenges that may exist with the city or civil requirements for the new community.
Phase 2 – Initial Design Concepts
After collecting and studying the development assumptions and details, Harrison begins the design. Floorplans and their variations are drafted in CAD software. Next, concepts for the home elevations are created.
Harrison Homes considers five main elements throughout the design process:
Pattern and Repetition. Patterns are commonly found in brick, stone, window shapes, flooring, and trim. A home will lack unity and harmony if it does not embrace some sort of repetition and pattern.
2. Symmetrical vs Asymmetrical. Architectural styles have distinct personalities and dictate if a home has symmetrical or asymmetrical characteristics. Contemporary and modern architecture often features asymmetrical windows and doors of varying sizes and shapes sporadically placed throughout the design. In contrast, a traditional style of architecture is more symmetrical. Windows are the same size and uniformly placed directly above and below one another. Roof design can also complement each style. For instance, changing from a flat to gable to a hip shape roof can drastically change a home’s appearance.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact Harrison Homes.
Harrison Homes is a design-build firm comprised of a group of professional residential construction experts and developers. We are a single-source solution for townhome and detached single-family home communities for Build-for-Sale and Build-for-Rent residential projects.