Author: Jane Kelly

Color is making a comeback in the kitchen. With the first wave of Gen Z starting to move out of their parents’ homes and into apartments, the multifamily industry is seeing an increased demand for color. These renters are looking for the exact opposite of the neutral kitchens they grew up in and expecting to find apartments that reflect their personalities. While this article in Architectural Digest is focused on single-family home kitchens, multifamily developers should be considering these examples of two-toned cabinetry and contrasting colors and finishes for their new communities as they market them to a growing base of Gen Z renters....

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When designing a single-family home, condo or apartment, using space wisely is key and built-in cabinets are just one way of maximizing storage space while minimizing clutter. Here at Bristol Design Group, we love working with our developer clients to identify innovative ways built-ins can be integrated into multifamily design to add form and function to various areas of the home, whether it’s in the form of a desk, bookcase, cabinetry or combination of uses. This article showcases just a few of the rooms in which built-ins can be especially useful. For more insight on how Bristol approaches the new multifamily workspace, check out our latest blog post. ...

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been adapting to the new normal of working and learning from home. While we’ve all adapted out of necessity, the reality is some floor plans are better suited for this than others. As designers and cabinetry purveyors, we are working with our multifamily developer clients to creatively modify layouts to better accommodate the need to have dedicated workspaces. While this article addresses why working from home will continue post-COVID, I want to address how new and existing floor plans can evolve to meet the needs of today’s renters. Below are modified floor plans that highlight how we are working with our clients to adapt unit designs to create the optimal work- and study-from-home environments. Studio Apartments Typical Studio Apartment Layout In this typical 494-square foot studio apartment, residents are forced to utilize the eating area as a makeshift home office. In the subsequent floor plans, you’ll see how simple it is for us to make some minor adjustments to add a built-in workstation or even a small office for residents. Studio Apartment Layout with Built-In Designated Work Area By making a few small adjustments to the layout, including moving the closet, we are able to offer a dedicated workspace. In this specific...

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