When choosing where to live, the factors a renter will mostly consider are cost, location and space. However, in Virginia Beach, Va., an in-house bowling alley might be the bonus feature that wins a renter over. Developed and maintained by The Franklin Johnston Group, the two-lane bowling alley in the Spring Water Apartments’ clubhouse is only one example of the company’s focus on exceptional features. “We cater with amenities you can’t normally get when you buy a house,” Director of Design and Development Murray Kirk says. 

Completed in August 2013, Spring Water Apartments took only 13 months to build. It has 252 residential units and is located in the hub of several military bases. With that in mind, it was designed to give military families and others a place to relax.  Each apartment is upgraded with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and full-size washers and dryers, but the fun part is what’s outside the apartment.

The Censorio Group of Companies is comfortable being a smaller player in the large Vancouver metro area condo market. “We’re not trying to compete with the bigger companies here, we just want to carve out our own niche and be successful as a specialty developer,” says President and CEO Peter Censorio, who started the company in 2003 as an interior design firm. “Because we’re smaller, we can go the extra mile to differentiate ourselves in our markets.”

Since 2006, the company has added development, design, construction and marketing to its list of specialties. “Controlling all of those things in-house gives us the ability to react quickly and personalize our projects,” he adds. 

Clodagh dropped her last name at the same time she left school at the age of 17 and started her own design firm. For the Irish-born designer, simplicity is at the heart of everything Clodagh Design does, and her particular brand of “life-enhancing minimalism” has driven the firm’s growth to become a leading source of interior design, architecture and product design for high-profile clients the world over. 

“My philosophy is about creating an experience of space for people,” Clodagh says. It is that attitude that has made Clodagh Design a successful studio for 30 years, and it will continue to be the foundation for everything the studio does in the future. 

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