The client wanted an outdoor living areas between his house and pool. WJM Designs came up with this desig adding a covered porch with a deck above, new dining area and a hot tub. The design also included an open deck overlooking the pool and woods beyond.
Many of the homes being purchased by investors are older 2 bedroom one bath homes. On this home we have added a master suite on the second level to make the home more livable. This can be challenging with the current property restrictions while also trying to get the final product to fit in with the neighborhood.
This the second, second story addition and Renovation we did on the same street as the project below.
This project took an existing single story dilapidated home with a solid structure to a large 2 story residence with a large Living/Dining /Kitchen are over a new 2 car garage.
Conversion of existing 2 bedroom, 1100 square foot to a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1350 square foot residence. The existing carport is enclosed to add additional space.
The City of Atlanta has many special Historic Districts, each having it’s own set of rules. This partiular district required the house to fit in with the neighbor hood with out “altering” the look from the street.
The first issue we found was the aluminum awnings and brick were not original, so we submitted the design below.
This was quickly rejected as we proposed to redesign the roof to match other simple craftsman homes on the street. We were also informed that the brick had to stay even though it wan not part of the original design.
Leaving the existing roofs that were visible from the street and the brick, we submitted this second version. This was again rejected because we wanted to paint the existing brick that absolutely did not fit in anywhere in the neighborhood.
The above final design was approved. Of the three that were submitted, this design absolutely does not fit in with the neighbor hood. This was and aggravating process for both us and the owners as the ordinances required a design that was the exact opposite of the intention. We have run into similar issues in different historic districts and it always seems to be more of a challenge tan it should be.
It is very satisfying working with a team to renovate dilapidated homes that are also located in a Historic District. This home is located near The Square in downtown Marietta, Georgia.
The goal was to keep the original charm of this early 1900’s home and make it functional for modern day life.
We are currently designing a carport for this residence to fit in with the home and surrounding neighborhood.
As the owner of WJM Designs, I personally enjoy working as a team, bringing together people with different expertise to produce incredible results. This team included the investor, an interior designer, the builder and WJM Designs as the overall designer. The team worked together passing ideas back and forth to give this 1300 square foot, 1950’s ranch home quite the makeover.
The original home was not in bad shape, but it was visually dated with rooms in tightly fit small rectangles that gave it a very closed-in feeling. Continue reading Sylvan Ramble Road Renovation