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Multi-Family Projects

We have worked on may multifamily projects over the years and generally, they are just cosmetic renovations and updating them to current codes. Our newest project in Brookhaven, Georgia will also include a major exterior renovation of 12 buildings including complete interior rehab of 164 units and the addition of a new clubhouse.

Exterior of the Existing Apartments

The existing property has been neglected for an extended period of time and has quite the dated appearance. The new owners are hoping to provide affordable housing with an updated look.

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Custom Home in the West End Historic district

Designing a custom home is always a challenge. Add in the fact that the lot is in a Historic District and it becomes an exercise in patience.

This home, located on Atwood Street in the West End Historic District of Atlanta took about 6 months from the time we started the design until a permit was obtained.

The investors provided us with some preliminary sketches, a survey of the lot and what their vision for the home was. We spent some time drafting a floor plan based on the requirements of the property and made sure what we were doing conformed to the setbacks, impervious limits and floor/area ratio outlined in the zoning ordinances for that property.

We also visited the neighborhood and documented the homes around this site that the Urban Design Commission (UDC, Historic Commission), considered comparable properties. In order for the Commission to adequately review and ensure the house conformed to the neighborhood, we provided and documented on the drawings for each comparable property, everything from how far the porch and main house was set from the street to the height of the roof and porch from the ground and the percentage of windows on each of the 4 sides. We then produced a 3D model of what we felt best fit in with the surrounding area.

Comparable Homes in the Neighborhood
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Private Club Renovation

This large private tennis and swim club located in Brookhaven had a tremendous amount of space undercover that the members want to be able to use year-round.

The new proposed space not only uses the exterior undercover space, but also implemented areas currently inside the lower level that are not actively used into over 1500 square feet of sitting and dining. The final design also includes almost 400 square feet of commercial kitchen and bar.

During the summer months, the area will have numerous custom glass overhead doors that can be opened and becomes part of the summer experience.

Below are the photos of the space before the proposed renovation.

Below are the renderings of the new proposed space.

The New View of the Building from the Pool.
New Seating Area
Seating Area and New Bar
A View of the New Bar

Out With the Old and in with the New

Here at WJM Designs we truly enjoy working on old homes and helping investors not only flip the property but provide a beautiful home for a family that will treasure it for years to come. Homeowners truly enjoy having the unique home on the street.

Existing Home – What we started with.

The new design takes this 1700 square foot, 3 bedroom, wearisome ranch residence and turns it into a modern dream. The finished home will have a second story addition and a complete interior renovation to bring the square footage up to 3,500 plus a full finished basement. Six bedrooms will leave plenty of room for a large family and the open living/dining/kitchen with high vaulted ceilings will add an air of roominess.

Finishing off the design is a monumental stair to the new second floor and a new covered screened porch overlooking a newly renovated pool. The existing garage will also get a facelift to match the new house design.

The New Vision