Yesterday my classmates and I presented our schematic phases at our midterm critique. Many professionals joined us to give us some feedback on our plans and designs. Fire safety, tax credits and investing are three key areas of our project that need to be fleshed out for accurate plans and thoughtful designs. Investing in old spaces is difficult on the front end, but if it creates enough revenue then the project was a success. We must consider this throughout our design development.
Here are my notes from the feedback I received from the professionals that visited:
David Zimmerman: David talked to me about adding a second bedroom to my larger apartment in order to increase the rent to make up for having three apartments instead of four. He liked my ideas and plans, however he thought that crepe prices would have to increase. The one issue he had was the hood escape to the courtyard, he said it won’t pass so I would need to find a new way to work with this. He then suggested moving my kitchen to the other side and unfortunately I don’t see that as an option because of the type of restaurant style and flow I am trying to achieve, as well as the accessible entrance wall.
Tim Simmons: Loved my idea of a crepe shop and enjoyed the smaller scaled apartments in a studio style. He was eager to see how my designer would progress.
Mitch Wilds: Thought I should move the washer/dryer of apartment 202 to the rear and encouraged me to think about bike storage and recycling (in the corridor). I already had bike storage in the plan, so we then discussed recycling and being creative on how to incorporate that while maintaining the overall aesthetic.
Julius Register: Really explained things well when discussing fire escapes, circulation and bathroom layouts. We discussed making the employee bathroom accessible. He really enlightened me on some things!
Robert Cudd: We discussed the challenges of a studio apartment with fire escapes as well as kitchen hood controls. Where the traps will release the steam/smoke.
Megan Sullivan: I didn’t have the chance to speak with Meg earlier in the week so this was valuable to finally get to speak with her. We discussed the flow of the restaurant and what can improve. She said that I was in a very good position with only minor details to change in order to make a more successful plan. Also, with the hood issue I had discussed with David Zimmerman, she said that if the overall design wins the investor over, then the hood issue can be resolved with a longer escape onto the rear.
Below are my plans and renderings, please look carefully at them. Any additional feedback would be helpful, however I do already know of a few changes I will need to make, but design is a process. Feel free to leave a comment or just view my work for the fun of it! Love this project more than ever!