7th graders took the role of architect in planning a home for a family with particular needs. Students selected from among three client profiles. They created a layout to meet their needs and also a facade design related to the client's tastes. Click on the attached files to open individual projects from Google SketchUp.
Jesse Thompkins family
Jesse Thompkins is a single father of two girls, Melanie, 14, and Katie, 11. He was living in an apartment in the city until his wife passed away last year. Now, he is planning to build a home that allows him a lot of quality time with his girls, but he needs an architect that will consider his family's special needs and wants. He would like to have bedrooms for each of the family members, and he needs a room for overnight guests that may come to stay. They need a family room, where the girls can do homework and spend time with their friends. Jesse would like a media room, where he can have weekly movie nights with his girls. They will also use this room for parties and get-togethers with their teenaged friends. Jesse works as a chef in a five-star restaurant in the city, and of course, he loves cooking at home with his girl. He prefers a large kitchen with an island around which they can sit, eat, and work. The family would like a laundry room/mudroom with a door to the backyard, so the family door can get outside easily. Jesse likes a modern style home without much decoration on the exterior. He loves lots of natural light, so windows are a must.
Selena and Robert Lopez are newlyweds and want to build a home on some land that belongs to their family. They are combining their two households into one. They prefer a large master bedroom with a master bathroom attached. Robert's mother is elderly and may come to live with them sometime, so they would like to include a place for her that includes a private bathroom. Robert is a guitarist and needs a special music room to practice. He doesn't want to disturb anyone who may be sleeping when he practices at night, so it should be located away from bedrooms. Selena has many craft hobbies, including scrapbooking and sewing, so she will need a space dedicated to this. She needs a long counter for laying out her patterns. They both love the outdoors and hope that the exterior of their house will express their love of nature. They would like a deck or balcony where they can sit and enjoy the outdoors. They do plan to have a large family some day, so they will need at least four bedrooms (not including the master and the mother-in-law suite).
Megan Whitfield is a thirty-something professional artist and teacher at the local university. She is not married, but she would like to have bedrooms with private baths in case she wants to rent to local college students. She also needs a large studio space for her art, and it requires a lot of natural light. She does not cook much for herself, but she knows that if she rents to others, she will need a separate kitchen space for her tenants. She will also need a large two-car garage with storage closets for herself and her future renters. Her backyard has a lot of large trees that she would like to be able to see from her studio. She also enjoys sitting outdoors when the weather is nice, so a porch or deck should be included. Her tastes are eclectic. She likes Victorian and modern architecture, and she loves bright colors. She would like to have a long gallery-style living room, where she can hang her art pieces.