Commercial Archive

Condemned Home to Beautiful Office Space

We were approached the client to convert this old, condemned home to office space. The location is zoned commercial and at an ideal intersection in Smyrna, Georgia.

The client had minimal requests for the design which was, “make it 2 story and modern to fit in with the surrounding area.”

There were several issues regarding zoning and we knew a variance would be required. With all that in mind we set out to design a structure saving the existing building and foundation and searched for the important curb appeal. We presented the following to the owner…

Within an hour we recieved the following response from the client:

“Omg Bill this is EXACTLY our vision for this project!  We love it!”

B. Woods

Woodstock Beer Market

This is our fourth location for the Stout Brothers Beer Markets. They are a retail store catering to craft beers and growlers.

This space, in the heart of downtown Woodstock, Georgia, is a 3800 square foot renovation of an existing retail store.

The focal point of this design is a beer cooler with over 50 available craft beers and a new garage door that will open the space to the street during fair weather days.

Dick’s Wings and Grill

We have just finished a preliminary design for Dick’s Wings and Grill in Jacksonville, Florida.  The owner was unhappy with the original design she was provided and our team evaluated the existing space and requirements of the restaurant.  With that information, we redesigned the space to include essential elements that were missing from the original design and incorporate more seating.

View dicks_360_4 in Chief Architect’s 360° Panorama Viewer.

The space was originally a Panera Bread company with 5000 square feet of space that we had to work with. During the design phase we try to minimize cost by determining where all existing plumbing is to try and group the various elements of the restaurant around existing sources of power and plumbing.

Final Floor Plan

The final design includes a large bar, game room, dining for 174 people on the inside and another 52 people on the outdoor patio surrounded by palm trees.

Large Bar Area

This project is currently being evaluated by contractors and in the near future we will begin the drawings for both a permit and construction.

Quick Burger – Jasper, Georgia: 17 Years Later

About a year after we decided to make WJM Designs a reality, a potential client called and asked us if we had the ability to design a restaurant for them. We had not designed a restaurant before but did have faith in our ability so we nervously answered: “Of course!”

This took us on a journey with Beef ‘O Brady’s restaurants that lasted over 10 years and included over 45 units all over the country until the chain stopped expanding. Our involvement with the first Beef’s started a relationship with a contractor who got us involved with a British Gentleman in Jasper Georgia, who wanted to convert an old Dairy Queen into a diner that also had car service with servers on roller skates.

So back in 2004, we helped the owner come up with a design and plans to kick his idea up several notches and the new Quick Burger was built. The owner at the time, held back on final finishes to keep the budget down and he concentrated on the food portion of the business.

Quick Burger – 2004

This weekend we went for leisurely drive and came across Quick Burger and after more than 17 years the owner has finally added the finishing touches that we had designed so long ago. Yes, we were beaming to see our original concept finally come to life.

Quick Burger – 2020
Existing Quick Burger – 2002

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

Planet Smoothie – Marietta, Georgia

This building was originally a photo processing lab, then a homemade dog food company.  We have helped turn it into the newest Planet Smoothie in Marietta, by providing both interior and exterior design.  This Planet Smoothie will also have a drive thru.

Planet Smoothie – Marietta, Georgia

Planet Smoothie – Marietta, Georgia

Planet Smoothie

We are currently providing the design for all new Planet Smoothies in the Atlanta area.  It is also the first project that is using our new 3D modeling for commercial projects.  This system allows a better vision for both the owner and contractor.  We have provided drawings for the following Locations:

  • 2463 Hamilton Mill Parkway, Dacula, Georgia
  • 1791 Oconee Connector, Athens, Georgia
  • 5370 Campbellton Rd, Fairburn, Georgia
  • 1155 LaVista Rd, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 911 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043


Planet Smoothie – Proposed Rendering

Planet Smoothie – Proposed Rendering

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