i be architecture-ing

Since it seems finding time to update my portfolio on top of my day job, my night job, blogging, and all of my side jobs is just NOT going to happen, I thought I would take a second and post some images of some recent projects that I’ve worked on. Some were quick studies, some are still in development, and some….well, lets just say aren’t moving forward. :-\ Either way, I’m excited about all of my projects and even more excited about the projects to come. šŸ™‚

Kitchen Remodel – Israel

This project would have been a fun one if the client’s purchase agreement hadn’t fallen through on the home. The home is approximately 15 years old and located in Israel (awesome!). The clients are a traditional Jewish family and they planned on renovating the kitchen to better suite their needs after the purchase.

Like most projects, the client’s needs were large while the space is small – relatively speaking. As this was a very quick consultation, and the project fell through rather quickly, I only got about halfway into the design process.

Client's scan of the original builder's drawing set

That being said, the program consisted of taking the existing kitchen, very basic as seen above, and is about 4.5 meters by 3.1 meters. The space needed to accommodate enough storage for three sets of dishes, 2 sinks and 2 work areas in order to separate meat and dairy (kosher), a small work space, as well as seating for 8 (it’s a 7 person family). No small task.

conceptual options 1 and 2

In the above designs, I essentially stretched the counters further out into the dining space, while still leaving enough roof for a decent sized table and circulation. The work area I pushed to the end of the kitchen counter with a small stool and added a large island with small prep sink and dual work spaces (recessed cutting boards). The two sinks I centered at the windows and added enough upper cabinet storage for all of their needs. If the design had moved forward, I would have liked to incorporate pantry storage into the layout and play with some additional built-ins and lighting.

Single Family Home – Grand Cayman

I talked about this project in a previous blog post. The conceptual design, while not completely finished is, in my eyes, finished. Due to differences of opinion, I terminated the contract and supplied the client with documents to date for his use. Unfortunate, but there it is. Learning to discern which clients you are and are not compatible with is just part of the process.

Either way, I think you’ll enjoy the images. There is a definite “island” feel to the home. And, coming in at just under 5,000 sf, it’s truly monstrous in scale – at least in my experience.

exterior conceptual rendering - front overall

exterior conceptual rendering - rear

One of the client’s requirements is to raise the ground floor a minimum of 4′. This will require significant grading of the site, which is first on a major waterway and second not quite as grand as the home itself. There is also a infinity pool at the rear of the home which requires filling the site from setback to setback on all sides. Ultimately I believe the design is a success, though making some compromises on size in favor of greater efficiency would have been nice.

More projects surely to come. Maybe one of these days I’ll even get to update that portfolio. For now, this will have to do.


4 thoughts on “i be architecture-ing

  1. I like the sharing of each other’s work. I may have to work that into my blog somehow.

    Next time, remember to get all of your homework done first before you go on architect-ing again.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Jeremiah; I think these situations are more common than people generally think, and I’ve noticed more and more unbuilt work featured on architectural websites lately, likely for similar reasons. It’s especially difficult working with clients and/or builders in other states (or overseas!), and we’ve had similar experiences… actually, now that I think about it, to both of the scenarios you mentioned!

    So, just wanted to comment and let you know that I always appreciate how your posts offer a glimpse into what architects actually do beyond design- such as coordination, communication, managing expectations, educating clients, handling unanticipated changes and hurdles, among countless other items. Yours is the type of honest, insightful and articulate voice that the architectural community needs to maintain relevancy and communicate the value of good design to the general public…

    And I hear you about updating one’s portfolio- it’s been on the to-do list for as long as I can remember.
    Maybe next year. šŸ˜‰

    • Wow, Lauren! That is an amazing compliment! I’m blushing… šŸ™‚ I was actually asked just yesterday what my goal is with my blog. I answered simply that I don’t have any goals. My intent is just as you said, to offer my own experience and insight into the profession of architecture and hope that some can take value from it. And to pimp my own work. I mean, come on, that’s a given right? šŸ˜›

      But seriously, I am so grateful that you enjoy the blog and think so highly of what I have to say. I will always endeavor to live up to such praise.
      Cheers. šŸ™‚

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