UDA Plan Partnerships
UDA Plan Partnerships offer selected clients the opportunity to custom design a home for their specific needs at about half the costs of Custom Architectural Services.
The Goal of UDA Plan Partnerships is to design new and innovative homes for families that can later be marketed nationally. What separates the Partnering Program from a typical design process is the recognition that a broad scope of priorities, needs and interests are required to truly understand how the modern homeowner wants to live, and critical for UDA to continue to design new homes that meet the changing needs of today's family.
As the world enters the Information Age, the modern household has to embrace a new set of criteria in design. With the coming of the home computer, the specialized demands our careers make on our lifestyles, and the changes in the way we live and entertain, the methods we are using in home design must respond to the evolution of our society's needs. These are just a few of the issues UDA is addressing with Plan Partnerships.
Expanding our range of experience and priorities is critical to the success of developing plans which address current issues in home design. This is where the partnership enters the equation. By "partnering" design teams with clients, a new range of knowledge and experience can be tapped into to provide insights into the design of a modern home. Once completed, these plans will then be marketed and published nationally by UDA.
UDA offers a limited number of Plan
Partnerships each year. The design process typically lasts approximately
6 to 12 weeks. To apply for a Plan Partnership call and talk with a UDA Design Associate, or download
the UDA Home Planning Guide, complete the worksheets and profiles,
and return a copy to our offices. To nominate a candidate or for additional
information for your family please contact UDA Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call toll-free 1-800-700-8321 M-F, 9-7 est.
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Plan Partnership Case Study for The Crestwood Residence
In this pilot project used for the Plan Partnership Program , there are several strong examples of how the partner's experiences and functional requirements influenced the design of a successful home including the incorporation of a home office, separating the master bedroom from the rest of the house, and opening up the main living spaces.
The partner needed a home office that, equipped with a sofa bed, could also serve as a guest room. She also required that her potential business clients would only have limited access to the private areas of her home. The result was an office/guest room positioned just off of the foyer. This provided an easy way to receive clients and bring them directly into the office without having to traverse any other part of the house. The bathroom was also connected directly to the office serving two purposes. First, if a business client needed to use the restroom it was readily accessible and again did not compromise any privacy. Second, if the room was to be used for a guest room the guest would have a private bath.
Also required was a separation of the
master bedroom from the rest of the house to insure privacy. The husband
worked varying hours that sometimes included night and early morning shifts,
so it also became important that he be able to function at odd hours without
disturbing his children. The solution puts the master bedroom in close
proximity to the garage and the kitchen, allowing him to come home late
at night fix a meal and go to sleep without disturbing the rest of the
By involving the family in the design of their new home, UDA ended up with a plan (The Crestwood Residence) that truly reflects the needs and priorities of a family in the new millenium.
Nicholas Holt, Associate AIA
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