Fairbrook Apartments, located in Aberdeen, Maryland is a four story apartment building for residents over the age of 50. It consists of 122, one and two bedroom apartments and was originally built in the 1990s. The entire building was renovated and upgraded with all new windows, insulation, finishes, appliances, fixtures, etc. All of this was to update the units to current trends and evolve the building into a more energy conscious structure. Exterior finishes were replaced and the first floor community spaces were redesigned to allow for more resident oriented spaces, that are inviting and open to community engagement. Spaces include a seating/waiting area in the lobby and a more open community room with warming kitchen for larger events. Existing amenities like a greenhouse, library and outdoor spaces were upgraded for accessibility and all units were properly upgraded to meet Fair Housing. A percentage of the units were also redesigned to meet UFAS accessibility standards.
Hollins Station consists of 48 newly constructed townhouses in Lansdowne in Baltimore County, Maryland. There will be 23 three-bedroom two-story units and 25 three-bedroom three-story units. A community building was also constructed on site to provide amenities to the residents. The massing of the projected bays relate to the massing of bays of other single family homes in the area. The Community Building and its covered porch will be reminiscent of traditional residential architecture. The building placement and layout on the site takes advantage of existing conditions while maintaining a sense of community by centrally locating community spaces and using different housing products to work with the topography. The townhouses at Hollins Station fit comfortably in the neighborhood, providing additional housing in a primarily residential area. Since two plan types were employed for efficiency and maximum space savings, the exterior needed to have more variety. Color selections are varied on window shutters and entry doors, to give each house a unique personality. Using the different color schemes, gives the feel of variety even when providing the same interior floor plans.
Historic Building in Baltimore
Alcott Place Apartments is located on Keyworth Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland. Sitting on a rectangular parcel, the building was finished in approximately 1910 and operated as a primary school until 1983. In 1990, the building was converted into senior living apartments, and remains as such. Recent renovations have occurred with designs from our team. The entire existing attic was converted into 7 unique apartment units ranging from studio to two bedroom. Also in that attic, two common areas were added for all building residents, allowing for gatherings, a prep kitchen and a game room. The other units within the building’s lower four floors were also renovated. The existing structure is seen exposed throughout keeping the original character of the building’s architecture. The new units and existing units were built and renovated with the same finishes and amenities allowing for a cohesive community of residents throughout.
10 Apartment Buildings in Cecil County, MD
Parklands is a residential development of 62 garden apartments, a community building, a community green, and associated site improvements (parking, stormwater, lighting, pedestrian circulation, and landscaping). The units are grouped in ten residential buildings and are paired in parking courts off the drive aisle to reduce the perceived impact of parking. With each building’s narrow face abutting the drive aisle, the perceived density is also reduced. The townhouse style buildings are actually stacked flats [14 one bedroom (one bath), 32 two bedroom (one bath), and 16 three bedroom (two baths)]. Each apartment has a covered entry porch and private rear/side patio with storage. All ground floor flats are adaptable. The floor plans have ample areas, and are open and light-filled.
New house for Boys Hope Girls Hope Baltimore
Built in 2010 and featured on the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. This large single family home was provided as a means to serve the students of a residential program for “at-risk” girls within Baltimore City. Built in Overlea, a suburb of Baltimore City, the concept was designed around the history of brick row homes representing the “past” combined with the more contemporary styles such as an arched roof and paneled siding indication the path of the future for its intended residents. The house, 7 bedrooms, large spa-like bathrooms that surrounded a two-story dining hall which was the hub of all of the adjacent spaces, was conducive for the large family lifestyle so many of the girls lacked. This modular home had a full brick central facade combined with siding panels together with historical cornices and a curved standing seam metal roof although very different fit in to its surrounding context. It is a symbol that celebrates the philosophy of a National organization and the residents who live there.
New Four Story Apartment Building
Built in Severna Park, Maryland, this brick and fiber cement clad building houses more than 100 apartments units plus amenity spaces. Providing homes for senior citizens with 1 & 2 bedroom units, each one is spacious with energy saving fixtures and appliances. Weaved throughout the building between the large lobby and into the upper floors you would find amenity spaces for each resident to use. Common area spaces include a cyber café, salon, exercise room, community gathering space with a large kitchenette, media room and management offices all on the first floor to promote interaction with residents as they come and go from the building. Additional smaller amenities spaces such as a lending library, games room, and crafts room and meditation area are located in more remote areas that are quieter and not in the hustle and bustle of the entry area. All spaces are unique with modern finishes and stylish furniture. The overall L shaped layout of the building provided for an interior courtyard off of a very busy roadway. A major focal point is the large entry porch with many rocking chairs for the residents to gather with one another and enjoy.
60 Unit Apartment Building
A compact yet spacious building in Elkton, Maryland, that features plenty of amenity space on each floor that is intermingled with 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for seniors. The three-story atrium lobby is light-filled and features a full-height green wall trellis. The leasing and managers office is near the main entrance adjacent to a conveniently-located resident mail area. Additional common areas include a large community room with adjacent warming kitchen. A community laundry and an exercise room, library, computer room, billiards room and gathering spaces all can be found on various floors. The project has a mixture of standard and accessible units, with Energy Star fixtures. The building has access to city amenities and features a roof garden located over the atrium that will assist in the realization of sustainability objectives for the project.
Renewed Senior Apartments
Located in Howard County, Maryland, this 104 unit apartment building was originally built in 1994, and then renovated recently using MD tax exempt bond funding. A new large porch was added to the entrance to allow for an outdoor gathering place for residents, while also enhancing the main entryway. Each unit received an updated kitchen and bathroom, with new finishes and fixtures. Located on each floor adjacent to the elevator, a different amenity space, such as a salon, crafts room, was added to allow for resident interaction while traveling to each floor. All first floor amenity spaces were also upgraded with new finishes and furnishings allowing the residents to feel like they moved into a new building.
This residence in Ellicott City, MD is an example of adding more space is not always necessary to improve the current design of a home. The existing interior was very chopping from a poor planned addition many years prior to this renovation with the new resident. There were 2 doors on the front which cause much confusion for guests as to which door to approach. The design approach used was to incorporate the existing car port and totally rearranging the interior. It entailed shifting the kitchen to the rear and providing access to the large backyard which previously was not easily accessible and realigning the master bedroom and family room. By enclosing the carport, the homeowner gained a mudroom as well as a generous master bathroom and closet. The overall flow was significantly improved just by using the existing space more wisely and centralizing circulation.
This residence was a custom design from the 1970s. In that era, it was all the rage. The new residents had an emotional attachment to the home but wanted a full transformation from the 1970s contemporary wood sided home to a French Country design. Along with the style transformation they required additional space for their family. Three rear and side areas received large additions, one for a third car garage, another for the large family room and lastly one for a master bedroom/bathroom suite. Also the large expanses of roof were improved with gables and dormers not only adding aesthetic improvements, adding space to these rooms. The exterior finishes were enhanced by using stone, cementious siding and wrought iron accents. All of these materials along with the massing changes transformed this home into a true work of art.