The new engineer working on the floor plan for our villa/Muscat townhouse actually seems to have listened to what I need and have in mind. I like how he also came up with alternatives to my suggestions so that we have options. I meet with him in a couple of days to see if I approve the finalized floor plan since his design did need a few minor changes (doors to open differently---kitchen to be increased in size, and balconies to be added). Following that, and during the process of getting the plan approved by Muscat Municipalities, I'll meet with his consultancy's architect to come up with prospective sketches for the facade and landscape. I've already been toying with a few ideas of my own... and have a couple of prospective sketches so we'll see where that goes... based on the new revised floorplans of course, and the buyer/owner of the other half of our twin villa design. Since it is a twin villa design, everything has to flow together, from the paint colour to the lighting fixtures and planting, when it comes to the facades. There can be two distinct styles... but they have to match somehow. That'll be tricky.
The trick is curb appeal, since I am a very traditional girl but I don't necessarily use a home like your average Omani family...: My style is either full out traditional Arabic architecture (I like dark, earthy paint colours, natural, uneven surfaces, and more Arabian elements) or definately very English. For example, Omani and Qatari rooflines... smaller windows, beautiful dark wood doors, plain square walls but with intricate detailing... My other options are Georgian townhouse (I love Georgian architecture) or some sort of new take on Tudor since Omani cement engineering just doesn't suit the timber and plaster architecture I grew up on. My other requirement for myself is that the facade, and the interior match.
Not so for Omanis, who like to mix and match. Interior and exterior totally don't have to go together.
So the other owner/buyer and myself, we've been trying to come up with inspiration photos to see how we can go it in a way that doesn't skimp or sacrifice on either of our styles.
My architectural loves:
So, some ideas resultant (not sure yet however):
So...if we are to do my first preference for a house in Oman (Contemporary Arabian) these styles require compromise.
The other villa's inspirations:
So that's it for now.... it's coming along.