When it Comes to Community Design, Pools and Club Houses are Passé

Filed in Design, Education, International Builders' Show by on January 24, 2018 0 Comments

melroseWhen it comes to building new communities, the traditional pool and clubhouse will no longer suffice if you want to stand out from your competitors.

This was one of the key messages delivered at a Jan. 11 educational seminar on new amenities for lifestyle buyers during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

“Great community amenities equip people with what they need and empower them to act,” said Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki, the founder and principal of tst inc llc. “You need to find a way to give buyers memories and create a point of view.”

Echoing that theme, Thomas Kopf of DTJ Design, Inc. based in Boulder Colo., said that builders should design communities that “create the opportunity for experiences.” He emphasized several key themes:

  • Nature. Consumers are interested in communities that offer trails, ponds and walking paths.
  • Social. Small cafés within a community center, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and community gardens provide people a sense of pride in where they live and a place to gather year-round.
  • Simple. Knopf cited unique entry features to the community such as a wall designed to look like the remnant of a building that used to exist on the site to provide people places to stop and look at the view. Other suggestions: making a culvert look like a bridge and leaving bicycle pumps and tools in specially designated areas along trails to encourage people to stop and congregate.

Anthony Faranda Dietrich of Charter Homes & Neighborhoods based in Lancaster, Pa., said his firm builds communities that “connect people to each other.”

“We’re all about the experience, bringing people into open space and providing a neighborhood experience.”

Charter Homes & Neighborhoods has developed communities where stormwater facilities are designed as a pond. “We landscape the area heavily and turn the homes so that they face water, adding value to the community,” he said.

Other unique design features include a pocket park consisting of a half-acre of longitudinal green space and a “terra park” that contains climbing walls and a sledding hill. In one community, every year there is a Christmas tree lighting ceremony that brings the residents together.

“We believe what people value is connectivity, and we’ve created the great American neighborhood,” said Dietrich.

Attendees with a paid full registration to IBS also get a complimentary one-year subscription to IBS Education on Demand and can download the recording and handouts to Put Your Money Where Your Community Is: New Amenities for Lifestyle Buyers and other sessions. Visit BuildersShow.com/ondemand to learn more.


Tags: , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *