Master planning and site layout. Amenity buildings. Clubhouses and condominiums, General Design has designed 20 resorts and over 8000 resort and residential condominium units. Our experience can help you navigate your vision.
Each jursidiction has its own additions to the International Building Code. This means your project is a balance between your vision, creative insight and code regulations. 8 stories? Salt-air of Florida? Concrete construction is ideal to meet code requirements and to combat salt-deterioration.
Begin with a spectacular site and carefully preserve the environment. Amenities such as clubhouses, pools and sport-courts should complement natural amenities. Resort guests and residents want both. Maintaining groves of trees and wetlands are important contributors to your bottom line, and are vital to local ecosystems. Our LEED accredited architects can help you maintain the environmental balance you require.
Coordination - often and early - with consultants we have found yields the most successful projects. Buildings are a team effort between builders, engineers, landscape architects, you, and your architect. General Design has enjoyed working relationships with consultants that have lasted through the years - professional and personal friendships are perhaps the most enduring legacy of our work for you.
General Design can help you through the bidding process and work closely with you and your builder during construction. Every project presents unique challenges: large factors like building to mitigate severe weather events, to small but important factors such as beachfront sea turtle habitat preservation.
Attracting and caring for resort guests. Providing a high quality environment for residents. These are important demands that you may place on your project goals. How can building and site design help you achieve them?
Branding and image are important. You know your customers' wants and needs better than we do. We work closely with you to satisfy your customer's expectations for quality and help you interpret them in a design aesthetic and establish a project-wide brand.
Architecture is experienced up close. Quality is a negotiation between durable, aesthetic finishes and cost. We take your requirements for standards of quality and match them to materials that last.
Big projects require big efforts in funding, selling and advertising. A picture can speak volumes in this regard. General Design produces renderings (such as this one) to help you understand how your project will look and promote your project to collaborators, customers and funding agencies.
We believe that landscaping is just as important to the quality of your project as is the building. Not only has it been shown to improve the well being of guests and residents, but also it helps increase the value of your property. We produce landscape plans and work closely with landscape builders (here, Proscape in Branson, Missouri) to design landscape that improves your project over time.
Our architects are educated and experienced in master planning. Site plans require a balance between buildings, parking, landscape and site amenities. Here, we designed master plans to join adjacent developments, and accomodate future expansion.
Big ideas can come in small packages. "Cabins in the woods" was the theme developed for this resort, just off the Strip in Branson. Cedar siding-clad cabins punctuate a meandering loop drive around trees and through the woods, looking over natural rock-face waterfalls gushing from springs discovered on site.
General Design's expertise is more than creating a building that captures the look and feel you want. It's not only about form (recalling Louis Sullivan's famous dictum) but also about function. Condominiums and multi-family housing have unique requirements. Egress; safety; live load; energy efficiency; structural integrity. We have designed hundreds of condominium and multi-family housing units, and we will give your project the same level of attention to detail, backed by vast exerpience in this domain.
Sometimes bigger isn't better. While unifying more residences in a single building is often economically advantageous, the resulting size of the building may present drawbacks. Other factors to weigh include preservation of natural site features and the height - context - of the surrounding neighborhood. Being a good neighbor can build a level of trust that is important to your project.
General Design has designed dozens and dozens of floor plan configurations for multi-family housing, condominiums and resorts. This means our architects have an intuitive sense of how to balance often-seemingly opposite needs: efficiency and spaciousness; quality and economy; style and timelessness.
Sometimes, the best way to design a site is to leave it alone. Studies have shown that aspects of nature can improve a sense of well being in people, and that mature trees themselves increase the value of a property. Our master plan for this resort, and the cabins themselves, sought to work with the land, not against it. The result is a sense of connection to nature in the heart of Branson.