Multifamily Development

Over these last few months, many of us have been spending more time at home and, in many cases, more time in the kitchen. This has resulted in increased storage needs — for food ordered online or purchased in bulk at the store, as well as pots, pans, utensils and appliances that must remain accessible for everyday use. Here at Bristol Design Group, we believe the dine-at-home trend is here to stay, at least on some level even as restaurants begin to reopen, prompting us to reevaluate the functionality of the kitchen whether it’s located in an apartment tower or single-family home. This Multi-Housing News article takes a look at changes designers are incorporating throughout multifamily buildings, including kitchens within each unit. I’m working on a blog post dedicated fully to this topic (honing in on kitchen cabinetry, of course), so be sure to sign up here to receive notifications when new content is uploaded....

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It’s one thing to design a demonstration kitchen – one that’s intended to be shared periodically by residents of a multifamily building, whether for culinary programming or private events. It’s another to design a true communal kitchen – the type commonly found in co-living communities, where residents have their own private bedrooms but also spend time in shared spaces, such as kitchens, where they choose to cook and dine together on a regular basis. Co-living communities have numerous benefits, but they can also pose challenges for a designer. In a single residence, there are often multiple occupants with varying style preferences, different schedules and, in some cases, mobility challenges.   So, our goal as designers is to create dynamic spaces that serve residents of all ages, and in various stages of life. When it comes to creating cabinetry for a co-living community, we achieve this by implementing a few key design principles: Kitchens for a Crowd Co-living communities have larger kitchens than you would traditionally find in a multifamily building. There are several reasons for this. First, they have more cabinetry to allow residents to store food, cookware and dishware in their own spaces. They also feature multiple workspaces so occupants can cook simultaneously, and...

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One of the things we love about the multifamily industry is the wide variety of people you meet and work with and the important relationships that result. Randy Fifield, chairwoman of Fifield Cos., is a prolific developer we’ve had the pleasure of working with on numerous occasions. Randy was recently interviewed for an episode of the “Epic/Fail” podcast, on which she shared lessons learned early in her career have contributed to her success in real estate. Tune in to Randy’s episode on Apple Podcasts or Spotify....

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