But… we all know that people continue to move to Florida in huge numbers. High school and college spring breakers who visited Florida in the ‘70’s want to move to Florida, but they don’t necessarily want a big property. Dunedin and north Pinellas are attracting bigger percentages of empty nesters. St. Petersburg and Safety Harbor are attracting a mix of young families and retirees taking advantage of the waterfront. Downtown St. Pete is seeing young families wanting upstairs bedrooms, harkening back to the day when the family spent evenings together. South Tampa is similar, attracting young professionals and families in Hyde Park and SoHo.
How do we at Shorelines Design Group succeed in this market? When looking at a potential site, our first question is “How many units can we get onto the property?” Our second question becomes “How big can the units be?” In many downtown districts, density allows 3 units on a residential lot, so many properties are undervalued, not being utilized to their maximum potential. Our job is to package projects into a marketable and desirable living environment. The challenge is to build in these areas, meet parking and green requirements and get square footage to a profitable level.
My strengths are in residential space and how space is used. While I’m concentrating on designing a special retreat with southern light, placement of a stairway and the way different living spaces relate to one another, our partner Rod Collman of SDG Architecture brings us a different overview. We believe exterior style should reflect the theme of the city. Previously, we saw a lot of architecture independently created with whatever style designers thought would suit the market. We like a Florida “coastal” West Indies, Key West or Mediterranean style for our projects.
We would like to work with you on your next multi-family development or any residential project you have in mind. Shorelines Design Group is committed to the quality and creativity you are looking for from your designers.