June Project of the Month

Currently, in its conceptual phase, this mixed-use commercial, multifamily, and parking garage project is being considered for Norfolk's Colley Avenue corridor.  The city's Central Hampton Boulevard Area Plan guided our design, requiring a 50/50 mix of commercial and residential space, plus off-street parking requirements.  

Our thoughts for the project feature a two-story restaurant or brewery anchoring the corner, with a large attention-grabbing graphic visible through the full-height storefront glazing.  Off-campus housing units for Old Dominion University students, and a parking garage accessible from 41st complete the space plan.

A combination of chromatic green panels, light shelves, stucco, and undulating steel bars flanking the parking garage entry provide a striking contrast to the tired properties lining the street.   

 

  

   

May Project of the Month

JRML was just commissioned to provide design and construction management for the Lambert’s Point Market renovation, a 100-year building anchoring the corners of Parker Ave and 40th Street in Norfolk, Virginia.  The site is adjacent to Old Dominion University’s campus.   
Additional tasks include market analysis, regulatory, permitting, and study of student interaction within the built environment.

Our feasibility and structural analysis revealed 12-inch thick brick exterior walls, timber and steel beams, brick interior walls, high ceilings and windows, and an old safe.  The site also has a large side yard for off-street parking – a coveted asset.

Engaged in off-campus housing rentals to college students, the client requested a unique design but stressed cost efficiency.  We responded with an industrial style focused on durability, privacy, acoustics, energy efficiency, and security to allay parental concerns.

Our kitchen rendering illustrates restaurant grade stainless steel prep, sink table, and shelving for the cabinetry; a plastic laminate bar top; a recycled gym locker for the pantry; and standard appliances.  A focal point of glittering acrylic cast plastic resin completes the bar front.  

Total kitchen cost: $6,838.00!  A big impact at a small cost.

 

Off-campus housing design, Norfolk, Virginia.  Old Dominion University.

Off-campus housing design, Norfolk, Virginia.  Old Dominion University.

April Project of the Month

A bedroom and office for a young professional couple relocating to a Norfolk loft.  The accent wall’s structural column, beam, and building systems were finished in cool grays. Same for the acid-etched concrete floor.  Color laminated drawer fronts and natural wood casework and work surface were selected to coordinate with the artwork.  An industrial feel permeates the entire space.
 

Industrial Loft, Norfolk, Virginia

March Project of the Month

Two classical musicians requested a contemporary design for their Chick's Beach site nestled among Live Oak trees on a quiet dead-end street.  A super-edited mantra drove the concept. The sleek exterior features Western Red T&G cedar, aluminum and glass garage doors, brick, and HardiePanel vertical siding.  Inside, the home is open as large expanses of glass enable views to the outside scenery.  Screened porches, balconies, and custom hardscape provide plenty of outdoor living.                                                            

February Project Of The Month

A broad scope of work was presented to our firm last fall.  The home, a European Romantic located in Lochhaven, Norfolk, VA is slated for an interior and exterior remodel.  

Our design commission includes removing load-bearing partitions to create an open and inviting interior.  We're also creating new baths, kitchen, laundry center, sunroom, garage, and guest suite. 

A new covered entry with columns, brick color, and wood shutters and garage door complete the renovation.

European Romantic, Lochhaven, Norfolk, VA by JRML Associates, inc.

European Romantic, Lochhaven, Norfolk, VA by JRML Associates, inc.

January Project Of The Month

We always say that no matter the style, every home should have a covered entry.  What guest wants to endure rain while awaiting their host?  This home didn't, so we suggested a simple column supported shed roof.  And how can a Tidewater resident enjoy a mosquito and fly free summer without a screened porch to dine, and deck to grill?  Again, this home didn't, so we suggested both.

(A picture's worth a thousand words, that's why sketches are necessary to explore and convey ideas.)

The client was exceedingly happy and approved the exterior living enhancements, along with many interior improvements including a new kitchen, master bath, hall bath and more.  She's also asked us to manage the project, slated for late January start.  

Stop back and visit our blog.  We promise to post progress images.

 

August Project of the Month

Currently, in the design development phase, this home is being considered for a waterfront site.  Through photo-realistic rendering, we can accurately convey the home's modern exterior to help the client understand the elevation, finish materials, and color distribution.

Since revisions update both the CAD file and rendering, the client can visualize alternatives until satisfied.  

Renderings mitigate future disappointment. They also save time and money by eliminating costly changes during construction.

Have a project in mind?  Contact us.

     

June Project Of The Month

One has to see the before to appreciate the after.  The existing home, tired and obsolete, was built on a beautiful waterfront lot on Saranac Ave, in Norfolk, VA.  Having worked with the client twice before, he tasked us with the home's total transformation.

Under construction, the 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home enjoys water views from all bedrooms, kitchen and living area.  Strategically placed windows provide a natural lit interior.  And the large deck leads to a newly built dock.

Redesigned as a Coastal Cottage inside and out, the home is now ready for the 21st century.

After

After

Before

Before

May Project of the Month

A great room rendered modern, featuring a full-glass wall overlooking a manicured yard, with a bold concrete wall, and sleek furnishings.  Mies's Barcelona chair and ottoman (foreground) in white leather become the exclamation point against the monochromatic gray sofa fabric, pillows, and tan coffee table base and floor.

Another first of many rooms to follow.  Stay tuned.