The mark of quality Residential Architecture is the combination of creativity and technique to form a comfortable and habitual space for people to thrive in. The development and practice thereof can encompass aesthetic beauty, utilitarian ideals and social constructs. The critical task of the Architect when designing a home is understanding what a home is for, and more importantly, understanding the people who will inhabit it. The Architect has an obligation to the inhabitants for whom they are designing, as the home is a place of security, rest and enjoyment. Many of us will have made our favorite memories with friends or family within a home environment. It is therefore imperative that the conversations between Architect and the users of Architecture are not lost. The more conversations can occur, the greater the possibilities for Residential Architecture and design in the future. It is through this process that creativity and architecture can be at their very best.
Importance of an Architect and the Process
“A good architect actually pays for themselves – more than once. You will reap the reward and the building will be hugely better and deliver much better value for it.”
– Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs
Architects are highly skilled and professionally trained to turn your aspirations into reality. We will guide you through the design, planning and construction process whether you are constructing a new building or adapting an existing property.
The importance of an Architect to the process cannot be emphasised more. We apply impartial and creative thinking to projects large and small, add value, whether from maximising light and space, adding functionality, or achieving the best return on your investment through design economy. The process is rigorous but effective in achieving a high level of quality and efficiency through design and management. The client can choose how long an Architect can be involved in your home project, but it is recommended that an Architect is involved from conception to completion.
Residential design typologies
The study or systematic classification of types that have characteristics or traits in common.
A typology in Architecture is often used to generally classify a design look, feel, location and time period. A typology can both be conceptual and contextual depending on the type of project. For residential designs, using localized typologies can be helpful in the initial stages of a design project.
Looking at what is around you in the immediate sense and responding to a context is a key skill to any Architect. This response can include other physical architecture, different social situations, geographies and cultures, all of which are linked. Through this process, both the Architect and client can realize a design that represents the client’s disposition but also indistinguishably binds the building to the context. With this accomplished, a home can seek to become part of a wider community and express a greater level of cohesion and commonality with the place.
Residential architecture typologies in Cayman
The Architecture of the modern-day Cayman Islands is a mélange of styles – from traditional cottages with corrugated steel rooves to luxury residential seafront villas. Courtyard typologies typically do very well in Tropical areas as it is design planned for comfort. Courtyards allow wind breezes through the home which in high humidity allow people to feel cooler because of evaporation from their skin. The courtyard typology typically also has larger shaded areas which keep the sunlight from heating walls or indoor spaces.
In conclusion, because a home is such an important investment, the creative and subjective elements of the spatial layouts of a home design should be equally weighed against the utilitarian technicalities of it.