Eyecare Business April

APR 2017

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The Big Challenges… As expected, the original structure was a sturdy one. The origi- nal walls of the building are very thick concrete mixed with stone. These walls were very hard to cut through, which meant that we needed to design our space within the existing interior walls. We added new walls to accommodate our large laboratory, exam rooms, contact lens room, office, and staff break room. We were able to use the firetruck garage bays as the retail space. This provided us with lots of natural sunlight throughout the day because of the garage-style windows. As we got further along in the project, we realized, however, that we had plenty of windows but not enough wall space for optical displays. To solve this problem, we opened up another room and added floating glass window displays for additional frames at the front of the store. Natural Light… The front of Beach Vision faces west, which allows us to enjoy amazing light in the building. It highlights the natural beauty of the frames we carry. We appreciate the benefits of the natural light until the late afternoon sun is shining directly into the office. At that point in the day, we use retractable sheer blinds to keep the light from being too bright for our customers. Unique Touches… â Industrial Chic. Our goal in designing Beach Vision was to incorporate the historic details of the building and meld it with a contemporary feel. Our operating words for the remodel were "industrial chic." We wanted patients to be drawn to the interest of the building, while feeling a healthy juxtaposition with the contemporary interiors. â Stone Desk. We took great pride in designing our recep- tion desk, which has become one of our patients' favorite details. We worked with a stone fabricator who was truly an artisan. He took our ideas and brought them to life. It's a one-of-a-kind desk S T O R E D E S I G N 48 E y e c a r e B u s i n e s s . c o m April 2017 Its exterior merges the old with the new Beach Vision's modern interior includes the original fire pole Backlit shelves from One Interior highlight the frames

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