City Cafe Diner – Huntsville, Alabama

The City Cafe Diner is a wonderful restaurant in Huntsville, Alabama.  The surrounding area is going through various renovations and the owners wanted to update their curb appeal to better reflect their dining experience.

Existing Restaurant Exterior
City Cafe Diner – Color Scheme 1
City Cafe Diner – Color Scheme 2
City Cafe Diner – Color Scheme 3

The Vista Room

This project involved converting a liquor store into a new special events room for Napoleons Grill in Decatur.  The project began with meetings with national musicians to discuss layout, sound and lighting.  The final design included extra space for the existing kitchen, a first class green room and state of the art lighting.

This is destined to become a “go to” place for both local and national performers.

 

Dealing With The Urban Design Committee – Kendrick Avenue, Atlanta

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.

Original Home
Original Home

The first issue we found was the aluminum awnings and brick were not original, so we submitted the design below.

First Submission
First Submission

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.

Second Submission
Second Submission

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.

Final Approved Design
Final Approved Design

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.

Yeero Village

We have worked with the Owner of Yeero Village on many restaurant projects. They are able to assemble a team of craftsman that do incredible work on remodels.  This building, located in Marietta, Georgia, was originally built as a Backyard Burger and later renovated into Nicky’s Diner.

Exterior Before Renovations
Exterior Before Renovations
Before Renovations
Before Renovations

The most challenging part of restaurant renovations is taking the new clients needs and equipment and making it work in the existing space provided and existing plumbing locations.  We were able to provide the clients needs in the existing kitchen with minimal renovations.

Locust Street

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.

Front of House Before Renovation
Front of House Before Renovation
Proposed Rendering
Proposed Rendering
Finished Home
Finished Home

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.

Commercial and Residential Drafting and Designs

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