Residential Archive

Custom Home in the Country

The owners came to us well prepared with ideas including a plan they had purchased on line that we used as a starting point. Between the set of plans and their wishlist, we designed their dream home which was almost 6000 square feet.

Their final plan included 5 bedrooms, a two story great room, a 2 story deck and 3 car garage.

Rear of the house with 2 story covered deck and screened porch.
View from the street.

Shasta Way Renovation

A few times during my career I have been able to work with people that do not only force me to improve my game but are incredibly talented and just a joy to work with. One of the clients I enjoy working with as much as possible is Nancy Keenan of Harris Park Homes.

Nancy came to me with this project a while back and a few ideas of what she was looking for. As can be seen from the photos, this was a very plain and boring house and Nancy was not going to have that.

Existing Home – The Challenge
The rear of the original home.

The joys of working with someone like Nancy is she is always open to my ideas and with the back and forth between us, I get to see something incredible evolve.

Original Rendering

The final drawings I give Nancy for construction are only the beginning. She continues to create and revise throughout the entire construction process. Her final product is always so much more than I envisioned and her attention to detail is amazing.

These are the pictures taken after the home was completed and sold in record time:

Second Story Addition

The transformation of older homes can be quite spectacular.  This existing, run-down, single-story residence has long been left in the past in a neighborhood that had been upgraded long ago.

Existing Home

WJM Designs was tasked with providing a design to bring home up to code, provide a second story, and integrate the exterior to fit more comfortably in the neighborhood.

Watercolor Renderings

We are still excited about the change we made several years ago to new software to produce not only the construction documents but also renderings of both the exterior and interior of our commercial and residential projects.

These renderings help the clients envision their dream. We are able to use different styles of renderings from photorealistic to renderings that look like watercolors depending on what we are trying to convey to the client.

Watercolor Rendering
Watercolor Rendering

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.

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.

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

Remodel of old Work Shop to 2 Bedroom Home

Existing Exterior

A old work shop near Cumming, Georgia on several acres, re purposed into a 2 bedroom residence.   A unique feature is reusing the existing garage door opening and replacing with an overhead glass door to open the living room to the outside.

New kitchen and living area with glass overhead door.

Proposed Exterior

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