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Empire Hotel Adaptive Reuse Project

We are excited to share an update regarding our ongoing adaptive reuse design project: Empire Hotel in Salisbury, North Carolina. Historical Empire Hotel This outstanding building is located in vibrant downtown Salisbury. It served as a hub of the city for many decades and, therefore, was recognized as a prominent landmark. The hotel’s primary facade…

Due Diligence in the Design Process

As the City of Atlanta has grown and matured, its zoning ordinances have become more complicated. Throughout my career, I’ve seen first-hand how these ordinances have shifted projects, especially when the owner does not know what can be done with the lot. Surprisingly, these ordinances are often unknown. The simple act of expanding a house…

Townhome Rendered Elevation

Tiny Townhomes – A “New” Building Type?

Atlanta’s re-surging in-town development has led to higher property values and inflated construction costs. Coupled together, these two factors cause concern for affordable housing. In-town growth can also encourage the bulldozing of existing small homes, only to be replaced by larger, higher priced homes. However, when there are less properties available, developers resort to denser…

Refresh and Rebrand: An Adaptive Reuse Story

When most people think about rebranding, they think about product marketing. They certainly do not think about architecture. But why not? Rebranding is more than just corporate colors. It is: The perception of the firm or company; aka its personality. What experience do you want your customers to have when they walk in? How do…

New boxed bay windows help the design be renovated for modern living

Renovating for Modern Living

Renovating for Modern Living Tactics used to update a ranch house style: Open Living Plan edition A client came to Jones Pierce after finding a great ranch house candidate to convert to mid-century modern style. Their strategy was to sell the home their kids grew up in, then downsize into single level living environment.  This…

Garcia Backyard Under Construction

Emory Backyard Escape – Form and Function

Nearly all of our residential projects include backyard escapes. This project includes a pool, expanded upper open porch with see-through fireplace, a lower indoor/outdoor place with kitchen, pizza oven, and accordion door unit. The carpentry and masonry compliment the great design by Jones Pierce’s Angel Shockey. With Angel at the helm, successful design was a…

Swimming Pool and Pavilion

Solar Tax Credit Hack = Pool Pavilion

A few months ago, we discovered a Solar Tax Credit hack, and we’d love to help you take advantage of the opportunity. The federal solar tax credit, also known as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows solar array customers to deduct 30% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from their federal taxes. The…