Putting a full catering kitchen in a building that is over 120 years old was a fascinating challenge.
The Carriage House sits on the rear of the property where the Whitlock Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in Marietta, Georgia. Over the years it has been used for many purposes. The biggest challenge was fitting in all the equipment with out moving walls and minimizing any new doors and openings. Being a historic structure, we also wanted to maintain the integrity of the original structure. The City of Marietta was helpful in finding ways to accomplish this as it is not possible to bring a structure such as this up to date with current codes.
Along with our many years in restaurant design and with the experience of the Catering Company’s chef we were able to design a well functioning kitchen including prep areas and a dish-washing area. A commercial hood was installed for the fully functioning cook line. The result was a very tight space with every nook and cranny used and at the same time very practical.
The space has been so successful for the company and their business they are currently looking to relocate to a much larger space.
Occasionally I get to work on a project that is so unique, interesting and different that I find myself spending many hours of my own time creating and trying different designs. This is one of those.
The owner had envisioned a high-end pavilion between his swimming pool and basketball court. This space, mainly for entertaining, needed space for a kitchen, outdoor audio and video, and as much storage as possible. Continue reading Pool Pavilion – Woodstock, Georgia→
(Updated 4 April 2014) The school is all but finished and will be open in September for classes. Finished photos will be added as soon as we get them)
Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan preached, “Form follows Function”. This building will not win any design awards but it is a great example of a design philosophy established in the late 1800’s. This simple block structure looks just like what it is, but to the children of Haiti, this is a Taj Mahal. Continue reading School – Basin Zim, Haiti→
It has been our pleasure to assist in the design of these Beef O’Bradys restaurants…
We have value engineered the design process for Beef O’Bradys restaurants, and are proud of the continued integrity in each job. Each design is it’s individual design, yet follows the specific guidelines that Beef O’ Brady’s expects in their restaurants. WJM Designs’ experience with the Beef O’Bradys franchisees enables us to give you a superior design for a superior restaurant opportunity. Continue reading Beef ‘O’ Brady’s→
This Sunroom or Conservatory is a truly unique structure that needed to fit in with all the ponds and gardens on Mr. Fuller’s property.
It is a “TEE” shaped aluminum structure with the conservatory or main area having a glass roof sloping from the first floor to above a new deck at the second floor. The main room has an elevator, wet bar, balcony and water garden filled with Koi. Part of the roof structure is supported with solid wood beams. Continue reading Fuller Coservatory – Acworth, Georgia→
Pine Brook is a beautiful site in Northern Pennsylvania which is currently used as a Christmas Tree Farm and Pumpkin Patch. Over the last few years people have been asking to have events on the beautiful properties such as weddings. Currently the events are held in tents and the current building used for musical events and a store at Christmas time. Continue reading Events Pavilion – Allentown, Pennsylvania→
Good Mews offers an alternative to traditional animal shelters in the Metro-Atlanta area by providing a no-kill, cage-free haven for homeless, abused, or abandoned cats until placing them in permanent, loving homes. Good Mews promotes public awareness regarding the value of pets, animal welfare, pet overpopulation, and quality human-animal companionship through education and outreach programs. Good Mews is one of the few virtually cage-free, no-kill cat shelters in the state of Georgia. Since 1988, Good Mews has placed over 6,800 cats in permanent homes.
The organization purchased an old dog kennel facility and we helped to design an upgrade the exterior and a revised plan to help them smoothly continue their mission.
M’Vorneens was a unique design challenge for both WJM Designs and the contractor, Paladin Construction. The existing space desired for the restaurant was an old furniture store storage area in the basement of a historic building in downtown Cartersville,Georgia. Continue reading M’Vorneens Irish Pub – Cartersville, Georgia→
This is a conceptual design for a Salon in Marietta, Georgia. The existing building is from the 1950’s and is in bad shape, however we had the main structure evaluated by a structural engineer. The walls, floor system and foundation are in good condition and the owner can save money by reusing them.
Another issue is the current building encroaches over existing setbacks. Demolishing the building and reconstructing it within current zoning regulations would reduce the square footage to a point where any project would not be viable. By using the existing building shell, we can reuse the existing shell, but are not enabled to add any additional space.
By maximizing what is existing we are able to convert this old wreck of a building into a pleasing structure.