More thought is go­ing into de­sign of small apart­ments, shared spa­ces

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

AS APART­MENTS grow smaller and the con­cept of shared spa­ces evolves into more than just a com­mon braai area, Sig­natura’s David Cohen pre­dicts the thought that goes into these spa­ces in terms of de­sign and func­tion­al­ity will in­crease quite a bit.

“These spa­ces also pro­vide a public way to give the de­vel­op­ments an in­di­vid­ual flair. I know we thought quite a bit and had many in-depth de­sign meet­ings with our ar­chi­tects to get the ameni­ties floor at The Onyx look­ing good.

“We made a real ef­fort not to skimp on ma­te­ri­als and are us­ing items such as large form nat­u­ral mar­ble slabs for floor­ing and gran­ite tile cladding pieces that you might only find in a lux­ury house.

“We not only have the pre­req­ui­site pool and gym, we have made the pool an in­door-out­door pool with a jack-knife glass door which will al­low for swim­ming dur­ing the win­ter months and on windy days.

“We also have a lounge area which flows out to a sun deck which will be ser­viced by an on­site cof­fee and cock­tail bar as well as a full spa with ma­ni­pedi, treat­ment rooms and other sur­prises.”

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, he says con­ver­sion of ho­tels into res­i­dences is chal­leng­ing and costly as it is dif­fi­cult to adapt the ho­tel room lay­out to an apart­ment.

How­ever, what does have po­ten­tial is the con­ver­sion into mi­cro-units, which is a de­vel­op­ing trend in the mar­ket­place with own­ers and ten­ants will­ing to sac­ri­fice pri­vate space for good lo­ca­tion and more shared spa­ces and ameni­ties.

Do­gon’s Rob Ste­fanutto agrees there is a trend to­wards smaller units that of­fer own­ers high qual­ity at an af­ford­able price that ful­fils the need for ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“With many home­own­ers choos­ing to live fur­ther from the city, they are choos­ing to have a small place in the city and vice versa. Peo­ple are buy­ing small units close to the city so they don’t have to com­mute from sub­urbs that are far away.”

He says there is also a sig­nif­i­cant trend to­ward peo­ple buy­ing into de­vel­op­ments, as it of­fers new prop­er­ties that are up-to-date and have the mod­ern con­ve­nience of tech­nol­ogy built in.

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