Very proud to have helped bring this beautiful home to life. Huge windows bringing in lots of natural light, along with rich woods and stucco finishes should bring lots of warmth. Can't wait to see it completed.
Our winner of the night: The Hi-Mark Bar
Once again we are honored to have been a part of the Cincinnati Design Awards evening – and flattered that it won a Merit Award for its unique design and preservation qualities. We think it serves as a great example of how we work with our obstacles rather than fight it.
Congratulations to the project team: Matthew Stoll, Courtney Zunis & Kurt Platte. You guys rock!
Check out the full design awards submission and more photos here:
Hi-Mark is one of those projects that feels like it just went on forever, yet the final product was oh-so worth it! The planning for this project goes back to late 2014 when Nick Motz approached us with an interesting challenge: a dilapidated, historic home in an economically depressed area of the East End that was also part of the restricted flood zone. We thought it was exactly the sort of crazy, impossible project that we regularly stake our reputation on. The end result is a bar that evokes history, neighborhood vibes, and grit in a one-of-a-kind space.
Starting with the empty shell of the building, we made the decision to remove the existing floors and shift the first floor up 3 feet. This move solved the problem of being 2' into the flood plain, yet created all sorts of new challenges and interesting conditions. We cut away portions of of the first floor and a huge section of the 2nd floor to make an upper mezzanine. By pulling the floors away from the walls, you get little surprises like sunken window sills, peak-throughs, and a floating fire place. The steel work itself is an impressive feat, executed superbly by our friend Kyle Freeman of Steel-It. Out back is a new addition that houses the kitchen, cold storage, and the restrooms, as well as a quiet, sunny deck.
It was a very deliberate decision to leave the space as raw as possible, with the original brick, wood joists, mechanical systems, and new steel structure exposed and on full display. This really cements the history of the space, and provided a blank, gritty backdrop for Pho Lang Thang and Eli's to create their concept. This was elemental to their final branding, which references the 1937 flood that came 79.9' above the shores of the Ohio. The name Hi-Mark refers to this historic flood, which is marked on the side of the building, over 10' above the original doorstep. The space feels almost like it had been wiped away in this flood, only to be rebuilt into the space it is today.
If you ever want to get nerdy with us, this project was a Rubik's Cube of code difficulties. From the flood zone requirements established by FEMA, to the conversion of an existing residential building into a bar and restaurant, to ADA access and everything in-between. We learned a lot along the way, and came out the other side knowing way too much about flood-proofing, hydrostatic vs. hydrodynamic forces, and what the B.F.E. is.. (Base Flood Elevation)
It's almost 3 years since it all began, but it's finally open! So go visit, get some chicken wings, play some games, and hang out with a drink on the patio. We promise that when you're there, you won't notice all of those technical issues (we can never escape it though.) All you'll notice is a neighborhood bar that feels strangely new and old, is both gritty yet smart, and that stands out by feeling like it was always there.
Construction at the Stafford project is nearing completion – the project is a mixed-use development combining 3 buildings into a single development, including 11 residential units and several white-boxed commercial spaces.
EARLY PROCESS PHOTOS
At 1233 Walnut, careful removal of several unusable attic spaces allowed us to open up the space and create dramatic lofts units full of light. At 33 East 13th street, existing historic bay windows and brick light-wells allowed for gracious, open kitchen-living-dining rooms, as well as spacious bedrooms with full-height storage and rolling glass doors.
NEAR COMPLETION PHOTOS
The project also incorporates several micro-units with rolling library ladder storage and built-in millwork. These micros, along with several other loft spaces will be coming online shortly – stay tuned!
We are so excited to announce that our website is ready to go! We've made a few updates to showcase some of our newer projects better and have also provided a platform to showcase CRASH our drone! Take a look and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date on what else we are working on!
We have been waiting in eager anticipation for one of our prized Findlay projects to wrap up and it looks like our wait is nearly over!
This projects is a residential addition and heavy renovation of a historic 1880’s building in Over-the-Rhine. Though the residence is in the heart of an dense urban neighborhood, it was designed with plenty of outdoor living space as well as ample natural light. The building features modern aesthetics while preserving the building’s historic features. This project will achieve a LEED Platinum rating, the highest rating on the LEED green building rating system. This custom home was designed by us and is being built by our sister company, Blackrock Construction.
We are so impressed with what they have done! Well done BRC.
The construction at HiMark is really rolling along, with all the steel work, floors, guardrails, and lighting in place! Still waiting on a bar top, new floors, and kitchen equipment, but it's on track to open this spring. It's such an awesome and unique space to be in, with the raw, gritty history of the building on full display. Nick Motz has done a great job with it!
HiMark Bar under construction- main space - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
HiMark Bar under construction- Mezzanine above the bar - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
HiMark Bar under construction- Mezzanine - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
Old St. George was one of those rare projects that every firm dreams of being a part of. We were really challenged to both preserve and refresh this beautiful historic building, and the impact it had on the neighborhood was incredible.
We couldn't resist taking our new drone out for a test run to document this beautiful edifice. Break out the good headphones and full HD for maximum effect..
The fall foliage with the red brick is a great accent, and we were fortunate to snag some shots right at sunset. The building really shines though at night, with the steeples lit against the uptown skyline, and the courtyard aglow. It's just such a photogenic building!