Palmilla Neighborhood 2 .:calvin lu::
Firm:
Dahlin Group

Client:
Pinn Brothers

Project completion:
2008

Site:
Brentwood, CA

Role:
Job Captain

Phases involved:
SD, DD, CD, CA
Pinn Brothers purchased a large parcel of land in Brentwood and decided to build a wide array of homes from low income to large houses. Neighborhood 2 was the project targeted for lower income housing with plans ranging from 1300 to 1800 square feet. The homes are arranged in a paseo style, with alley loaded garages and front entrances that open out into a communal walkway.

The project started off with three recycled plans previously designed by Dahlin, but given how many units they plan to sell, Pinn Brothers decided to add three more plans to the mix which my project manager graciously allowed me to design.

Noting that the nature of paseo projects tend to have unfavorable sides for the end units, I decided to design two plans that have side entries such that no side of the paseo will be left with minimal fenestration. Also, due to the small size of the homes, I decided to open up the public spaces as wide as possible. I made the living and dining rooms open to each other and the kitchens had no walls to separate it from the rest of the public spaces.

As a result of this, as the sales office staff mentioned to me, the three plans that I designed have been the most popular of the six with their potential customers.












First floor plan of Plan 4