Kitchens Inc, got the chance to be apart of a fun, interesting and sometimes troubling project that started back in October of 2017. A husband/wife business duo called “eyeSMILE” wanted to turn a downtown building in Hays, KS into a office with style, history and beautiful design. After the initial walk through we put together a quick sketch of what we thought we could do with the building, trying to incorporate both a vision and dental practice within the existing walls of the building. Upon initial review it was obvious that there was not enough space for both offices to remain within the existing footprint of the building, so we put our heads together with the Kansas Historical Society and discussed the possibility of putting a small addition on the rear of the building to give them just enough space. Initially, the KHS approved the plan to add a small addition to the facility. With the initial design and feasibility budget in place all that was left to do was to get the building purchased, the plans finalized and the project underway for an anticipated September 1, 2018 completion date.
The facility was eventually purchased and demolitions began in May, 2018 while we awaited the KHS and the City of Hays to issue building permits.
No sooner did demolitions start, then the KHS called informing us that our plan was not only being rejected, but that they did not believe that a Dental/Optometry office would be a good fit for the building!! Keep in mind, at this point we already had boots on the ground, and plans completed for the original build.
Immediately we had to come up with a new plan for this project, right when it was getting started. We ended up finding a historical photo of the building that showed a larger addition to the north of the building than what we were originally going to add that had been torn down years before. With permission from the owners and the KHS, we were able to recreate this historic addition rearranging nearly the entire facility and redrafting the entire plan set, including Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC, while also checking off all of the other requirements from the KHS in order to move forward.
In the end, we ended up with a much nicer facility with room to grow in the future! Finally on July 18th we received our building permits and the actual construction could begin. This delay, however, made the September 1st deadline all but impossible to meet. After talking with the owners, we were able to extend the deadline to December 31st, 2019 knowing this would still be a rush to get everything completed in time.
This project was one of the most fun and memorable projects that Kitchens Inc, has had the pleasure of being apart of.
From the all-glass walls of the entrance vestibule and check-in area to the living moss walls handmade in Italy; the quartz, marble look countertops with waterfall edges to the custom mural painted at the kids room in the lobby; restoring the original terrazzo flooring to leaving the interior red brick exposed for all to see, no detail was overlooked. This project will be one that all parties involved won’t soon forget and should be very proud of for years to come.