The existing Casa Spain restaurant in Mine Hill was fully redesigned to create a fresh and new dining experience, and to present a more refined image. The existing building was gutted to accommodate the new configuration. Also, an addition was designed for one side and the rear of the building to create new space for handicapped accessible bathrooms, a kitchen expansion, and a large exterior covered smoking area.
The existing interior was completely redesigned by Maxey Hayse Design Studios, Inc. to make a new cohesive theme for the restaurant. Coordination with the interior designer made sure that the new interior layout coordinated with the modifications and alterations to the existing building structure, and provided the necessary safety features for the occupants that are required by the building code.
Along with the redesign of the floor areas, a significant change to the roof was made to provide additional interest inside and outside the restaurant. The addition of two large dormers on the front side of the roof necessitated specialized structural engineering to create new partially exposed heavy timber members. These dormers increase the space on the interior and allow natural light to filter in from above deep into the restaurant seating area.
The construction project is complete and the restaurant is open for business.
At the CBRA awards banquet in June 2010, the Community Builders and Remodelers Association of New Jersey awarded Fox Architectural Design the Best Commercial Renovation for this project.