Things to know about Multi-Family Architecture
New age multi-family residential buildings have changed in terms of both character and design. People nowadays are demanding better quality and beautifully constructed Multi-family housing solutions.
A building should have a proper balance of all three fundamental principles to be considered as perfect architecture. These are Function, Structure, and Beauty.
Function: This refers to how well the building can be put to use. Whether it is utilized as a house, a museum, or a store, it should accommodate practical requirements to fulfill all types of use cases within its walls. A building that does not offer function may still be beautiful, but it could just be considered as a sculpture, perhaps, not architecture.
Structure: Structure usually refers to how strong a building is. Whether it consists of wood studs, brick walls, or steel columns, the framework itself must resist gravity and all load that might be placed on it. This is exactly what differentiates architecture from engineering. To have perfect architecture, a building must create beauty out of structural necessity.
Beauty: This refers to the sensory and visual appeal of a building. Architectural delight can be found anywhere, be it a neatly patterned brick wall, tiny window emitting a stream of sunlight or a vaulted stone ceiling. Beauty can be considered the ultimate test of good architecture. Without beauty, even a highly functional building is merely utilitarian.
But these are the basics that you need to cover in terms of good architecture. A modern multi-family architectural design and construction quality details will make or break your project.
Every piece of hardware should be well thought out, and all materials need to be planned before starting the construction.
From windows and doors to cabinets and tiles, every aspect of the project needs to work together in perfect harmony. Below are a few things that might help you make some architectural decisions while designing a multi-family building.
Use of Texture
Adding a little texture doesn’t hurt. Stone, wood, concrete, and other types of finishes can add texture and vibe to a place. Many buildings have been built lacking in architectural character, so make sure you include some texture. It not only looks beautiful but also adds character to the overall design.
Use of color
The use of colors usually depends on personal taste but don’t be scared to use some color in your building. Earlier, there was a trend to make all spaces white, but these feel impersonal and sterile. If you wish to, it’s ok to use bold colors like yellow, green, red, and blue in your design. You can even use accent walls to create a significant effect too.
This does not mean that lack of color or using only white, black, or grey is boring. If designed beautifully, using minimal colors could also give a modern effect. We think that you should consider color early on in the process of designing your building.
Use attractive material
Using attractive material doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Surprisingly Faux Materials have become a very popular trend these days. Besides being affordable, everything made from faux can offer beauty without much maintenance.
Similarly, you could also use porcelain. Porcelain is now being used everywhere, not just in bathrooms, but even on the main floor of the apartment and kitchens. It can be used in lobbies and hallways as well.
Having storage space has always been a massive issue for most multi-family building designs. Adding a few storage lockers in the basement or cellar can be an excellent way to make revenue and solve the storage problem for people living in the vicinity. Either way, it is a win-win situation for you.
If possible, you could also add bicycle storage. Though it’s a significant trend, some places have laws regarding bicycle storage. Make sure you look into those before investing.
One of the most evident and clear winners of popular multi-family residential trends is an open kitchen design. Earlier, people used to hide the kitchen and focus on making it a small room within the apartment, like something you should be ashamed of.
But nowadays modern architectures usually feature large beautiful kitchens. An open kitchen design can help you make this space feel larger by having fewer walls. The kitchen becomes a design feature itself with beautifully crafted countertops, cabinets, and appliances.
Facilities and amenities
Offering amenities could boost your project’s impression drastically. Athletic facilities like gymnasium, swimming pools, and basketball courts can help you make a much more high-end residential space. If you want to, you can also add bowling alleys within your building since higher quality amenities can further increase your project’s overall value.
Build to last
Don’t try to cut any corners when it comes to building a new multi-family project. You should not hire the cheapest or the most unqualified contractors. Use professionals who believe in what they do and know exactly how to do it. Focus on the quality of construction and make sure that your multi-family building is built to last.
If you wish to incorporate the best possible designs and other architectural elements in your project, DBA Architects are here to deliver. Be it advising or executing; our professionals can give you intricate details to boost your multi-family buildings looks, functionality, and form factors.
So what are you waiting for? Call us today at (866) 976-4049 or fill an online form, and we can help you take your multi-family building project to a whole new level.