Convert a dilapidated 1954 storefront and gas station into a restaurant; reinforce the existing structure’s foundation
At first the owners of this restaurant began working with architect Jim Poteet, who created conceptual drawings for the building exterior. But it soon became apparent that the small project and tight budget were better suited to a design/build model, so Wiese Hefty Design Build was hired.
Architect Kristin Wiese Hefty says the owners wanted a modern restaurant, but one that took its cues from the era of the original structure. To expand the feel of the 933-square-foot building, the designer placed the outdoor seating area to the side of the building, with the entry, and added a canopy.
The judges appreciated the “life and energy” the designers infused into this project. “I find this really animated,” one judge said. They were also impressed by the authentic details and 1950s-style elements. —Nina Patel, senior editor, REMODELING.
Bathroom plumbing fittings: Kohler
Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Kohler
Interior doors: Progressive Solutions
Kitchen cabinets: Concepts in Cabinetry
Lighting fixtures: Hip Haven
Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore