525 Apartments Progress by Charles Wermers

Progress on the new 525 Apartments building at Princess Anne Rd & Witchduck Rd in Virginia Beach.  Includes pool area adjacent to the renovated Kempsville High (now loft apartments).  Developed by Hampton Roads Housing Corp. and Ripely Heatwole Co. Design in partnership with TS3 Architects and Michel C. Ashe, FAIA.

525 Apartments under construction

525 Clubroom in the renovated 1940's school building.

525 Clubroom

525 Clubroom

Cavalier Lot 53 Framed by Charles Wermers

Erik Homes is building this Spec Residence in the Shingle Style. Framing is nearly complete.  Can't wait to see the shingle go on!

Cavalier Lot 53 Front Front Door elevation

Cavalier Lot 53 Side Elevation on Atlantic Avenue with Swooping Roof

Classical Eave Return by Charles Wermers

Thank you Larry Hill and crew for building a classically correct gable end with returning eave.  I invite everyone to go see Lot 42 at Cavalier Residences and see the great benefits of a little extra effort.

What makes a proper eave return?

 As the moldings break around the corner, the cornice splits at the crown molding’s fillet to create a separate raking cornice and horizontal cornice. The effect is a lighter and better horizontal eave member at the gable.  In this case the return forms a pediment. The raking crown requires a custom trim profile that is proportionally based upon the horizontal crown. 

Below you can see the builder's modern day return, also known as the poor man's return. Compare to the Classical Return to the Poor Man's Return. Note again the lighter feel of the classical return with the thinner horizontal as the crown splits into a raking cornice.  

Thank you @ThisIsCarpentry for the great explanation on you website.

525 Apartments: School renovation complete by Charles Wermers

The historic renovation of Kempsville High is complete.  Excited to go on a walk thru with developer Jack Pope.  Stay tuned for more on addition new buildings. 

Historic Kempsville High School adapted to new residences.

Historic Kempsville High School adapted to new residences.

The original Cafeteria converted into a new social & activity space for the community. 

The original Cafeteria converted into a new social & activity space for the community. 

The new lounge & cafe community space

The new lounge & cafe community space

Resident corridors with lockers saved from the original school. 

Resident corridors with lockers saved from the original school.