We were tasked with converting an empty tenant space to be viable for 2 new tenants the client had interested in the spaces.
We work for several large property management companies where we provide initial site and building design to accommodate potential tenants. With our experience in civil design, we can provide the client with both a feasible site plan and a building that conforms to the requirements of big box stores.
If the client moves forward we provide consulting services to establish a team to provide full Architectural, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing design.
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.
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.
The first issue we found was the aluminum awnings and brick were not original, so we submitted the design below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I recently paid a visit to a restaurant I designed in the basement of a historic building in downtown Cartersville, Georgia. About 15 years ago I was commissioned to provide the design for M’Vorneens Pub that proved to be one of the most challenging projects I have worked on to date.
What made this project difficult was what we had to work with. The old building used to be a parts warehouse and to say the floor system was over designed is an understatement. Solid 14″x14″ wood columns were spaced in a grid that supported large solid wood beams. At each column there was an additional beam which left a head clearance of less than 5′-6″. The entire design had to work around these columns and take into account the low clearances.
The final design resulted in the main bar encompassing the four main columns and has about 30 seats. The bar top is solid steel and was constructed and welded on site. New walls that were built were built under the wood beams. Amazingly we were able to squeeze in a full service kitchen.
The space changed hands 6 years ago and the new owner of The City Cellar has kept most of the original elements that create this magnificent small town pub and restaurant.
As a side note, The City Cellar has incredible food and service.
As the owner of WJM Designs, I personally enjoy working as a team, bringing together people with different expertise to produce incredible results. This team included the investor, an interior designer, the builder and WJM Designs as the overall designer. The team worked together passing ideas back and forth to give this 1300 square foot, 1950’s ranch home quite the makeover.
The original home was not in bad shape, but it was visually dated with rooms in tightly fit small rectangles that gave it a very closed-in feeling. Continue reading Sylvan Ramble Road Renovation