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that the owner approached Onsite Design after seeing its E'tage
Gardens project, also in Baton Rouge.
"She and her family were ready to part with the property," Hogstrom recalls. "They cared about who the property went to and
what they did with it."
The lots, he notes, average 11,000 square feet in size. "We feel
that this will be the elite experience in town-and-country living,"
he says. "There are English-style gardens and pedestrian mews
throughout the neighborhood - linking together the open spaces."
Construction has not started on Adelia yet, but Onsite Design
will complete its entitlement soon. "In early February, we'll prepare
to install our streets and infrastructure," he says. "Some of the first
homes will be under construction by October and November 2016."
The Antebellum home, he adds, will be used as a clubhouse. "It
will be a great place to live and play," he says. "We've even considered that the second floor of the plantation could be usable for
future Onsite office space."
The designs of the homes lean towards English countryside-style
homes as opposed to the French-inspired design usually seen in
the area. "We're excited to move away from that," he says. "Baton
Rouge is thirsting for something new and a little different."
Hogstrom's extensive experience includes being trained as an architect, land planner and developer. "From the time I was 18, I've
always worked in architectural design, residential design and infill
development," he says. "I wanted to see as much as the world as I
could in my early career."
Those travels have benefited Onsite Design. "I bring to Baton
Rouge valuable ideas from [other] cities," he says, noting that he
often draws ideas from the Township of Princeton and the streets
on London for inspiration.
"Baton Rouge does not have the most advantageous infrastructure for walkable communities and shared open spaces," he says.
"Many cities in our country are like that. The streetscapes and
sense of place can suffer when so much of the landscape is dominated by the automobile."
Hogstrom sees a busy future for Onsite Design. With many architects and designers nearing retirement, "We're gracious and respectfully waiting to take that torch," he says. "I would love to see
us grow and our culture and work product to grow even stronger.
I also would love to see us venture out of Baton Rouge and into
more infill development in other cities across the nation." )
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