Saturday, November 22, 2008

We're still plugging away!

Wow. Where has the time gone? It's been 2 months since I've posted, and...we're still not open! But we've made major progress. Let's see....we've re-wired, re-plumbed, built a bathroom, finished out the store's office (which Rob will inhabit), hung hundreds of doors and windows on the ceiling, torn down the old and built a new balcony and railings, and much more that I probably can't recall at the moment.


The original wood balcony and railings were rather rotten and unstable, so we ripped them all down and started over. We were going to redo them in wood, but then decided that iron would be more indestructible. Here's a visual:

For awhile, the building truly looked like Dogpatch. Witness:

But now it's finally almost done! We just have to get our awning built, the new lighting installed and the sign hung. Hallelujah! Here's the sign that will eventually hang over the door:


It seems like we've been hanging doors on the ceiling forever. We had no idea how time consuming this particular idea would be. But the end is in sight -- they should all be up in a few days.

After we'd installed a few dozen doors, it became obvious that the weight of them all was not structurally ideal, to say the least. So....we had to add a giant beam the entire length of the store and install several posts. We used barnwood again....and a few trees for good measure.

As for the in-store bathroom, it turns out its floor was completely rotted. It's a miracle some poor soul hadn't fallen through to the basement. So, we completely ripped it out and rebuilt it, walls and all. During and after:


So what have I been doing in my spare time? Making all kinds of goodies for the store.

I've been doing a lot with feathers. ;-)

More stuff:

That's all for today, folks. Onward and upward!