Antique Mirror Project

Throughout the past few days I have been working on an antique mirror to make it come back to life. On Saturday I found this mirror at a yard sale for only $10 (I should have gotten a photo of the previous state before refinishing) which was beat up and the varnish was scratched in many places.

Step 1: Sand the old finish off, to bring the wood down to its authentic look

Step 2: Then use coconut oil to bring out its natural tones and grains, but be sure to brush or vacuum off the residue surrounding the surface area from sanding

Step 3: Apply a thin coat of polyurethane, let dry for 2-3 hours

Step 4: Use fine sand paper (220) on the whole surface

Step 5: Apply a second coat of polyurethane and let dry for 24 hours

Expect a final result image to show up on the blog later, once it finds a home 🙂

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The Final Presentation

Below is a picture of my entire set up from yesterday’s final critique of my undergraduate career. My crepe shop was a hit (maybe the macaroons helped). Attending the presentation was Andy and David Zimmerman, Mitch Wilds, Julius Register and Tim Simmons as the professionals in the area to respond to our projects for the most realistic feedback.

Andy suggested that this property could host another version of Penny Path because the idea of a crepe shop has not come to Greensboro yet and they are successful in High Point (and now opening another location in Winston-Salem). He believes that “different” succeeds in Greensboro. David was pleased with the 2 bedroom/2 bath change in the large apartment and recognized that seating 100 people in the restaurant will truly help the business thrive. Julius said that everything was to code and that there were no egress issues to resolve. Mitch and Tim said nothing but positive things about how my design was flushed out. They also recognized the changes made on the second level with the 2 bedroom/ 2 bath, as well as the studio apartment move of the washer/dryer.

Overall I am pleased with what I presented. I am proud of myself for getting this far and always remaining determined to do my best. The material boards specifically deserve a shout out because I think they really came together. Additionally, they were fun to compose because it gave me time away from the computer to work with my hands instead (even if I was a little rusty in the wood shop).

Thank you to all of the guests that attended our critique, I hope you enjoyed our presentations. The entire class really stepped it up this semester thanks to Jo Leimenstoll for keeping the entire semester well organized.

Final Presentation

Back to Work

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Now that we have returned from Spring Break and allowed our designs to sit in our brains, moving forward and furthering our understanding of all aspects of the design is now necessary.  Marissa Mooring discovered this wonderful company, TileBar where I found awesome products to use in my kitchens and bathrooms.  Today, the samples arrived and I can now begin to imagine the interior spaces with these beautiful additions.

This evening I will definitely be adding these features into the design in order to further envision the aesthetic.  I’m so excited to see where this design for 112 and 110.5 W. Lewis St. will go!

Charleston, SC Field Trip

This week we had the lovely pleasure of visiting Charleston, South Carolina in order to view the work of Meadors and how historic conservation is used in their line of work. James Meadors, the creator of Meadors even presented himself to talk about his thoughtful way of doing work in Charleston, as well as what he expects out of his employees. Meadors is for 100 years, not 2 or 10, 100. He wants it to be a lasting, thoughtful company with high quality productions.

Although they mainly do high-end residential, and our project is low-end residential and commercial, it was still a valuable trip, worth driving 9 hours for! 🙂 Quality is one key aspect of the Meadors group and we recognized that when we visited their facility. They have so many areas of disciplines! It is difficult to find another company like theirs, that puts their heart and soul into the whole process (even millwork) from cradle to grave.

I had never visited Charleston before so I REALLY enjoyed this trip. *I didn’t want to leave*

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Schematic Presentation

Yesterday my classmates and I presented our schematic phases at our midterm critique. Many professionals joined us to give us some feedback on our plans and designs. Fire safety, tax credits and investing are three key areas of our project that need to be fleshed out for accurate plans and thoughtful designs. Investing in old spaces is difficult on the front end, but if it creates enough revenue then the project was a success. We must consider this throughout our design development.

Here are my notes from the feedback I received from the professionals that visited:

David Zimmerman: David talked to me about adding a second bedroom to my larger apartment in order to increase the rent to make up for having three apartments instead of four. He liked my ideas and plans, however he thought that crepe prices would have to increase. The one issue he had was the hood escape to the courtyard, he said it won’t pass so I would need to find a new way to work with this. He then suggested moving my kitchen to the other side and unfortunately I don’t see that as an option because of the type of restaurant style and flow I am trying to achieve, as well as the accessible entrance wall.

Tim Simmons: Loved my idea of a crepe shop and enjoyed the smaller scaled apartments in a studio style. He was eager to see how my designer would progress.

Mitch Wilds: Thought I should move the washer/dryer of apartment 202 to the rear and encouraged me to think about bike storage and recycling (in the corridor). I already had bike storage in the plan, so we then discussed recycling and being creative on how to incorporate that while maintaining the overall aesthetic.

Julius Register: Really explained things well when discussing fire escapes, circulation and bathroom layouts. We discussed making the employee bathroom accessible.  He really enlightened me on some things!

Robert Cudd: We discussed the challenges of a studio apartment with fire escapes as well as kitchen hood controls. Where the traps will release the steam/smoke.

Megan Sullivan: I didn’t have the chance to speak with Meg earlier in the week so this was valuable to finally get to speak with her. We discussed the flow of the restaurant and what can improve. She said that I was in a very good position with only minor details to change in order to make a more successful plan. Also, with the hood issue I had discussed with David Zimmerman, she said that if the overall design wins the investor over, then the hood issue can be resolved with a longer escape onto the rear.

Below are my plans and renderings, please look carefully at them. Any additional feedback would be helpful, however I do already know of a few changes I will need to make, but design is a process. Feel free to leave a comment or just view my work for the fun of it! Love this project more than ever!

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110.5 In Progress

Today we began a discussion about our second floor of 112 W. Lewis St. talking about  our progress throughout the space. Next week marks our preliminary review, schematics phase, where we truly begin to flesh out our designs. Below are two renderings, one of the corridor entrance up the stairs, and the other in 110.5 Apt. 202, as well as a preliminary floor plan. I realize I have a lot of work to do to my plans, this was very rough and I hit some bumps in the way, but as I progress I’m sure my plans will become more coherent and clear.

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Rue Cler

Rue Cler offers a large variety of food. This would require a substantial commercial kitchen. Unfortunately they would not allow me to view the kitchen but did grant me the opportunity to take pictures of Rue Cler.

They had crepes, beignets, seafood, and other meats, which leads to the need for more storage and equipment. Although this restaurant was more formal, the variety of foods was more similar to how I will propose Josephine’s. I also was thankful for their window seating and nonoperative door entry off of the sidewalk to know how to approach my project differently for a more successful approach.

Please see images below to view the interior of Rue Cler as well as the alley way I passed just down the street by Scratch Bakery. This alley image is powerful because it made it feel safe and open to the public, rather than closed off and dangerous. The alley has given me inspiration for how to approach our alley along the west side of the building.

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Case Study 1: Penny Path, High Point, NC

Penny Path is a cafe/creperie located in High Point, NC. This small, quite cute little crepe shop offers a few substantial crepes and then a whole bunch of sweet crepes! My friend and I had to treat ourselves to a sweet crepe because they all sounded so good! The business seems to be thriving and successful, especially since they will be adding another location in the future and hopefully expanding their current shop. The people were amazing and did not care that I was in there for three hours observing and chatting with them.

I could not figure out the square footage of the space but I estimated in my CAD plan that you’ll see below. This was a delightful experience! Please view the Penny Path photos below, the floor plan, observations, and end product of our delicious crepes!


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