Final Design

Once I had finished creating the affordable housing unit on sketchup, I imported my model into a rendering software called Lumion. I’m very happy with my final design and truly believe it is an effective affordable housing unit for the median household income in Salt Lake City, Utah. The outside of the house is very vibrant and appealing with bright colors and landscaping. A detached garage was included in the design and has enough space for one car. Moving on, the first floor consists of the open living room, dining room, kitchen as well as the master bedroom and bathroom. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, (one can hold two people while the other room can fit one person), a shared bathroom and a laundry room. Overall this housing unit has 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms to comfortably fit a family of four. There are also many aspects of the house that I implemented in order to improve the overall mood. For example, in the kitchen I decided to add a colorful backsplash to make the space more vibrant and fun. I also kept windows throughout the house because I believe it’s very important, especially in a smaller sized house, to have more windows to make the space feel larger. Furthermore, I also think windows are essential for keeping a connection with nature outside and inside of the house. Additionally, the housing unit was created to have an open floor plan to encourage families to hold social gatherings and to promote community interaction. The open living/dining/kitchen area is perfect for gatherings as everybody can socialize from all over the room. The house also has a great size backyard where families with children and pets can spend time outdoors and even hold gatherings outside too. This house gives families easy access to affordability and has many advantages. For one, it’s very close to downtown (less than a ten minute drive) and opens opportunities for the household as well as decreases pollution. Secondly, the neighbourhood is very close to libraries, schools, parks and other recreational venues where the households can go to socialize and interact with their surrounding community. Lastly, the housing will also help the image and look of the neighbourhood. Instead of having a large empty lot across from the other houses, the lot can be filled with vibrant and happy families in beautiful homes for an affordable cost. Note: Many of the objects used in both the SketchUp and Lumion model are replicas of furniture from Ikea. Also, after rendering the project, I noticed the windows on the second floor, left side of the building were not leveled with each other. During the construction process, a change order could be made by the general contractor to fix this issue with the architect's approval.

Comments

jasperl2015 1 year ago
I love your design! It looks so good.
trevor.w 1 year ago
Hey MEEJANDESIGN! first off, I want to congratulate you, the visual presentation is absolutely phenomenal, and I think you've done a good job encompassing the beauty that housing can attain. There are a few concerns, but I think those can be easily overcame. One thing I really want to bring up is resale, it's absolutely critical that the home owners can receive near or over the amount they invested into the property. I feel it would be beneficial to add onto the exterior facade for this design. The facade sells the house, and ultimately affects the surrounding neighborhood's value. With some relatively cheap resources, I think the exterior could be absolutely attractive. The second thing I think is substantial the affordable housing is creating a design that includes open spaces to create a bigger feel. It would be advantageous to add onto the current space to create an even more appealing floor plan. psychologically, I think it would help improve the owner's lifestyle. Just some thoughts I had while reviewing the project. I think you've done a fantastic job, and I hope you keep up the good work! You're a talented architect and hopefully you will pursue your efforts ;D *Virtual high five
trevor.w 1 year ago
Hey MEEJANDESIGN! first off, I want to congratulate you, the visual presentation is absolutely phenomenal, and I think you've done a good job encompassing the beauty that housing can attain. There are a few concerns, but I think those can be easily overcame. One thing I really want to bring up is resale, it's absolutely critical that the home owners can receive near or over the amount they invested into the property. I feel it would be beneficial to add onto the exterior facade for this design. The facade sells the house, and ultimately affects the surrounding neighborhood's value. With some relatively cheap resources, I think the exterior could be absolutely attractive. The second thing I think is substantial the affordable housing is creating a design that includes open spaces to create a bigger feel. It would be advantageous to add onto the current space to create an even more appealing floor plan. psychologically, I think it would help improve the owner's lifestyle. Just some thoughts I had while reviewing the project. I think you've done a fantastic job, and I hope you keep up the good work! You're a talented architect and hopefully you will pursue your efforts ;D *Virtual high five
trevor.w 1 year ago
Hey MEEJANDESIGN! first off, I want to congratulate you, the visual presentation is absolutely phenomenal, and I think you've done a good job encompassing the beauty that housing can attain. There are a few concerns, but I think those can be easily overcame. One thing I really want to bring up is resale, it's absolutely critical that the home owners can receive near or over the amount they invested into the property. I feel it would be beneficial to add onto the exterior facade for this design. The facade sells the house, and ultimately affects the surrounding neighborhood's value. With some relatively cheap resources, I think the exterior could be absolutely attractive. The second thing I think is substantial the affordable housing is creating a design that includes open spaces to create a bigger feel. It would be advantageous to add onto the current space to create an even more appealing floor plan. psychologically, I think it would help improve the owner's lifestyle. Just some thoughts I had while reviewing the project. I think you've done a fantastic job, and I hope you keep up the good work! You're a talented architect and hopefully you will pursue your efforts ;D *Virtual high five
meejandesign trevor.w 1 year ago
Hahaha no problem! Thank you so much for your comments, I completely agree with what you've said! If we had more time for revision, the points you made, along with other aspects of the housing unit would definitely be improved in order to make the design more efficient. :-)
Competition Jury 1 year ago
Kerl Lajeune - I like your intention to detail and for choosing a material that you feel links the look to a feeling that people will get from being there. Not sure of the similar housing in the area to make the comparison but looks to be heading in the right direction.
Competition Jury 1 year ago
Maya Bird-Murphy - Great renderings and research. Great that you're thinking about modular units that can easily be repeated.
Competition Jury 1 year ago
Adam Rosa - Nice use of materials. Good process sketches. Is a cul-de-sac site where we should be locating affordable housing?
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