Remodel and Second Floor addition. I used historic pictures of the building from 1927 to recapture the Original Spanish Style. We removed the dry wood ceiling to expose the structure, added 2 commercial kitchens, installed numerous roll up doors and new skylights which were originally train cabooses . We also added new offices, 2 new walk in coolers and a giant new bar . A moment frameopens the space between the back bar and the new rectangular bar, and we rearranged and remodeled the bathrooms. I rendered a back lit keg room with windows and tap lines for the customers, and they built the feature based on my renderings and the construction documents. I also fought to keep their sidewalk cafe by locating the original encroachment agreement which Development Services had lost. This was a fun and challenging project.
When I first visited this historic site at 5th and Market, the ground was exposed and the entire building required structural retrofitting. It was a challenging project because it was historic (late 1890s) and the restaurant/bar/night club has a high occupant load. There was an existing basement which turned into Ginger's Martini Lounge at the same time.
The client wanted to transform a dark 1970s condo to a light, airy and modern space. To achieve this, we widened and added windows, enlarged the sliding doors and replaced the clunky wood railing with glass inside and steel cables outside. We also removed the walls enclosing the adjoining kitchen, dining and living room, vaulted the ceilings, and added numerous skylights. Additionally, we replaced the wooden stairs with illuminated floating stairs. The new vaulted ceilings made the space feel so much bigger and brighter.