Category Archives: Custom Homes

Hillmont Avenue

We recently had the chance to stop by a newly completed custom home designed by WJM Designs.  This project had several challenges including using the existing foundation layout and a 600 square foot first floor addition that had to conform to strict zoning ordinances and a second floor addition.

This project was completed by a team including WJM Designs, Hollow Bone Designs, who did the interiors and staging and also the contractor, Core Group.  It is important to find a team who is able to put egos in check and bounce ideas off each other to provide the owner, an investor in this case, with a cost productive and sell-able product.

The finished home is beautifully appointed and fits in well with the old craftsman neighborhood.

Hillmont Avenue
Our Proposed Rendering and the Final Product

Hillmont Avenue Residence

This new 2600 square foot home posed a unique design challenge.

The existing single story house was in bad disrepair and is set to be demolished.  Inspection of the foundation showed it to be in unbelievably good shape and usable.  The client wanted to add a second story with 3 bedrooms upstairs and the master bedroom on the main floor.  The site conditions were very tight as we were close to the maximum allowable impervious area of 35% which allowed us to add about 150 square feet to the existing footprint.

Designing the home using the predetermined shape required trial and error.  In the end, a smooth flowing plan with large open areas and an over-sized kitchen was produced with an attractive craftsman style elevation that will be visible from both streets.

Proposed Exterior
Proposed Exterior

 

Inside The Man Made Movie House

I recently found some additional pictures of the Man Made Movie House. The utmost fun about working on this projecvt was my phone ringing from the producers who always had questions like “Can we make a pool table disappear into the floor?”  My answers were always, “Of course”.  Now when I said these things could be done, I really did not know how it was going to be accomplished.  These situations made this project not only challenging, but backing up my mantra of anything can be built, it just takes money and knowledge.  The money part was not usually an issue.  Companies provided their products free or at a highly reduced rate to be featured on television.

The disappearing pool table was actually an easy solution and was part of the original design criteria and allowed us to design a “basement” area for the lift.  It looked much more high tech on television but due to costs it was actually simple but not very functional.  An industrial lift was placed in the basement with a rectangular section of flooring attached to its top.  When one wanted to play pool, the floor was lowered, several large men put the table on the lift and back up it went.

Middle Level of the Fire Pole
Middle Level of the Fire Pole

Another call requested the feasibility of fire poles going from the upper deck to the bottom floor.  This became much more difficult of a request than it seemed.  Fire poles generally are not put in fire houses anymore so there was no design data I could find.  Luckily I recalled the City of Marietta, Georgia’s main fire station still had functioning poles.  Several phone calls and we were able to measure the poles and the diameter of the holes needed.  The next issue was dealing with the Cherokee County code officials including the Fire Marshal’s office.  Fire poles are not covered in the building codes so we had to negotiate and come to a mutual agreement to provide as much safety as reasonably.  Technically being a “movie set” we were given some latitude. Continue reading Inside The Man Made Movie House

Hillmont Avenue – Decatur, Georgia

This Custom Home was designed specifically for a very complicated site for a local builder.  Along with the builders criteria, the footprint had to fit in a very tight area while also adhering to the local zoning for maximum lot coverage and a heated floor ratio.  It took a considerable amount of time to adhere to all these parameters.

The house sold before construction began.

Front Elevation
Front Elevation

 

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

 

Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan

 

 

The Man Made Movie House – TBS Superstation

WJM Designs was very proud to be involved with “THE MAN MADE MOVIE” project.  We were able to turn the designers dream into a reality by providing the construction drawings for this project. This was definately alot of fun.

Our work was proudly displayed each Thursday and Tuesday night on TBS Superstation.