This project involved converting an old Wendy’s fast food restaurant in to a fine dining Mediterranean Grill. Saving money by reusing existing resources such as bathrooms, exhaust cooking hoods and walk-in coolers can be a challenge.
After the design of the interior is complete and focusing on good flow and workability for both customers and employees, the exterior had to be addressed.
This Wendy’s had been in this location for over 20 years and it was very important to provide a new look and vibe that matches the new restaurants cuisine and vibe. This was accomplished by vibrant paint colors and new metal canopies. A covered outdoor dining area has been added that can seat 36 people.
The final result is an attractive and functioning dining facility that has little reminder of it’s past as a fast food hamburger joint.
Carmines is a family owned Pizzeria and Bar in Johns Creek, Georgia. With over 150 restaurants designed, WJM Designs was able to come up with a cost-effective plan for both the kitchen and restaurant that flow well and is functional for the employees.
This heavy timber-framed pavilion is located in Woodstock, Georgia, at a private residence. Design started in the fall of 2011 with the owner providing me with minimum design criteria consisting of a 30’X24′ rectangle, a list of kitchen equipment and a photograph of a timber-framed pavilion photo he had found on-line.
Foundation Walls (Spring 2014)
We settled on a plan with an added cantilever off the back so they could watch their children on the basketball court and enjoy the view. The structure was to be located on a steep slope at the edge of the pool so the services of both a soils and structural engineer were procured. Large helical piers were drilled through the slope to support the structure near the pool and a large “H” shape foundation was built to prevent the pool from pushing the new pavilion down hill.
3D Timber Frame Design
Originally the heavy timber frame was to be pre-engineered, manufactured in North Carolina and then delivered and assembled on site. This required designing each member to get the look we were after and involved several iterations of three-dimensional design layouts. After the contract was awarded, it was determined that a craftsman would build the frame on-site using mortise and tenon connections.
Original Design 2012
The owner put the project on hold for a year and a half and construction began last spring and took approximately 8 months. It includes a large gas grill, side burners, several warming trays, dishwasher, wine cooler, refrigerators and more.
Below are photographs of the finished project. This is one of those projects that I am very proud of being involved with….
This project involved turning an old bar and restaurant into a state of the art dog kennel and rescue facility. At almost 6000 square feet, the facility has plenty of kennels, a large group play area for the dogs along with grooming and an area for medical evaluation. An outdoor play area is also available.
One design challenge on this project was noise control to the adjacent tenants. To accomplish this we designed a double wall with a 3″ air space between them and each wall containing batt insulation.
Vine and Tap is a 3500 square foot Wine Bar located on Lenox Road near Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. The space had a very small commercial kitchen area which provided a challenge to accommodate the needs of Vine and Tap.
This beautifully decorated facility is complete with a private wine tasting room and outdoor patio.
The owners of CorTech International were looking for an open working environment that is both functional and fun. They have a open door policy except for a few managers and provide the employees with a billiard table and air hockey for those need breaks.
This 10,000 square foot facility is split into two separate areas. The larger portion is open cubicles for the call center while the other side is for management.
Over the years we have done many salons and each one seems takes on a completely different look and feel reflected by the owners personality and style. None of the salons we have been involved are remotely similar other than it’s purpose.
I recently found some additional pictures of the Man Made Movie House. The utmost fun about working on this projecvt was my phone ringing from the producers who always had questions like “Can we make a pool table disappear into the floor?” My answers were always, “Of course”. Now when I said these things could be done, I really did not know how it was going to be accomplished. These situations made this project not only challenging, but backing up my mantra of anything can be built, it just takes money and knowledge. The money part was not usually an issue. Companies provided their products free or at a highly reduced rate to be featured on television.
The disappearing pool table was actually an easy solution and was part of the original design criteria and allowed us to design a “basement” area for the lift. It looked much more high tech on television but due to costs it was actually simple but not very functional. An industrial lift was placed in the basement with a rectangular section of flooring attached to its top. When one wanted to play pool, the floor was lowered, several large men put the table on the lift and back up it went.
Middle Level of the Fire Pole
Another call requested the feasibility of fire poles going from the upper deck to the bottom floor. This became much more difficult of a request than it seemed. Fire poles generally are not put in fire houses anymore so there was no design data I could find. Luckily I recalled the City of Marietta, Georgia’s main fire station still had functioning poles. Several phone calls and we were able to measure the poles and the diameter of the holes needed. The next issue was dealing with the Cherokee County code officials including the Fire Marshal’s office. Fire poles are not covered in the building codes so we had to negotiate and come to a mutual agreement to provide as much safety as reasonably. Technically being a “movie set” we were given some latitude.
There have been an increasing number of second story additions coming through our office lately with most of them being in the City of Atlanta. As more people are moving to these neighborhoods and wanting to add on, the only solution is going up and adding another floor on these small lots.
Careful planning is required including a structural engineer to evaluate the existing foundation. It is also necessary to take into account cost to minimize additional structural and foundation costs. The foundations on these older homes are generally adequate, however the design must take into account getting the additional loads to the right locations on the existing foundation.
Not only is a second floor being added, but the entire house is undergoing renovation and retrofit.