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School – Basin Zim, Haiti

 

(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)

Proposed School
Proposed School

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

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

beefs3It 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

Fuller Coservatory – Acworth, Georgia

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

Events Pavilion – Allentown, Pennsylvania

Proposed Location for Pavilion
Proposed Location for Pavilion

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 – Marietta, Georgia

Existing Building
Existing Building

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.

Proposed Refurbished Building
Proposed Refurbished Building

 

M’Vorneens Irish Pub – Cartersville, Georgia

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

Salon Mall – Marietta, Georgia

Existing Building
Existing Building

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.

Existing Building
Existing Building

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.

Proposed Elevation
Proposed Elevation
Proposed Elevation
Proposed Elevation

 

Proposed Floor Plan
Proposed Floor Plan

 

Dean Sunroom – Woodstock, Georgia

Interior
Interior

The backyard for this project was a magnificent wooded area and included an existing patio that was a simple slab with 24″ high brick knee-walls and 30″ pilasters.  A  uniquely designed sun room was required to add ambiance and fit in with both the environment and existing house.

Exterior
Exterior

The result was a 2-tiered roof with a custom beam running the entire length of the patio and a vertical clear transom above.  The bronze anodized aluminum frame was custom built on site.

Main beam at ceiling.
Main beam at ceiling.