As summer winds down, we begin the move into the last quarter of the year. School is back in session and many projects that had been tabled for the summer are back on line. Here at Lee Design we find ourselves busy with creating new designs for dated spaces. When a HOA or condo association is looking to refresh a space within their building they often turn to a design firm to help them with the design, and implementation of the project. We at Lee Design are finding that many buildings designed and built in the last 40 years are seeing a unique shift in demographics as original buyers begin to share space with new renters or owners. This wide shift of age ranges coupled with rapid technology changes and a population that is living longer and healthier forces us to quickly embrace new trends but at the same time be cognizant of the timeless elegance that many seek.
Knowing the demographics and background of the building goes a long way. We spend time with our clients to learn beyond what may be apparent at a glance. Our motto here at the office is to “be as if we lived here”. By changing our mindset from a designer to a resident we encourage our staff to create based upon what they would want if they were in the space.
Creating common spaces that work with any style, and that can be considered “good-looking” to a wide range is a key component to a successful multi-family project. We as designers have to take the time to listen, and not be so Diva, that our desires precede the desires of those living in the building. If you find yourself sitting on a design committee or board, feel free to give us a call, we’re happy to answer any questions you many have. Lee Design and Interiors proudly serving the DC Metro and South Florida markets for over 35 years!