Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Steve and Joel ripping out the old attic and roof. They are standing about where the new kitchen will be.
Steve O'Byrne and his father, John, preparing for the new roof which will cover the whole building, front to back.
Steve and John O'Byrne attaching the new woodwork to the old parapet.
This shows where the new bathroom will be. The steam is the exhaust from the furnace.
The garage now has a floor. It took a lot of heat to thaw the ground and keep things from freezing as the concrete cured.
On Monday, 12/28, the gas was reinstalled and the furnace restarted. Sort of.
Turns out the thermostat had died. It was one of those nice fancey programmable six ways from Sunday ones. They either work wonderfully or - now its trash. Fortunately my electrician, Matt, had a replacement in his truck. All is warm now!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Here Steve and Joel are setting the foundation wall. We elected to use these foam concrete forms.
Steve setting one of the garage roof joists that will be the apartment floor.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Later there was a brief presentation of some of the flameworked glass sculptures including a dog, snail, turtle, marble and a blown ornament.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
YES! We Are Open! Come on in, please!
Friday, May 1, 2009
I've been talking with people, inviting them to display and sell through the Center. I hope you are one of them! I had originally thought I'd better plan on preparing a small space at the front of the store so things don't seem too spread out. Now I'm wondering if there is enough space. This is certainly an exciting adventure!
Things still look OK to open the doors June 4 with a Grand Opening July 11. Tight, but OK. When stock starts coming in May 21st, it will probably be chaotic, but it should still workout.
Steve O'Byrne and Joel of Southern Construction, the re-modelers, found the access to the attic. It is kind of neat up there. The ceiling rafters change from 4' and the rear to 8' at the front. There is plenty of evidence of the fire that closed down the restaurant that was in the building in the 30's. I need to research the building history more. With over a century of life, it has seen a lot of changes.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
With just a beginning of a knee wall, the day was ending so sheething was put up to keep weather and the curious away. That is Steve O'Byrne and Joel (?) doing the real work.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Discovered another 'opportunity'. All the (active) wiring is currently in conduit and the sockets are the modern 3-prong grounded type. That is good, modern and up to code. Even though the outlets and conduit are at waist level, I can work around them for the displays. I had to remove some of the conduit to get at the wall and discovered that there are only 2 wires, not 3, to each socket. So a grounded plug does no good, just gives you a false sense of safety. I was thinking of adding another wire for a ground, but in talking with a neighbor with lots of remodeling experience I see I'll get a better system if I scrap the conduit and run new wiring behind the baseboard. It will be truly up to code and be more flexible for shelving and displays. Oh, well.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Speaking of store, the front brick facing is bowed out in places and may well need to be taken off. If I do that, which is my current thought, I'll have an overhang built on and just regular siding. That will give the customers shelter from the elements and keep the hottest sun off the windows. We'll see.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
- Basically it is a consignment Art and Craft store. Vendors bring their creations in and the Center displays and sells them.
- There is space for general classes and workshops.
- There is additional space devoted to sculpting borosilicate (Pyrex type) glass, usually called Flame Working.
- The Center should bring visitors, students and vendors from outside of just LeRoy.
- Personally, this is an attempt to 'give back' to the community at large.
The address is 111 East Main, LeRoy, MN 55951
The building used to house a taxidermy and is being remodeled to look something like:
There's a ton of work ahead, but it should all work.
So, if you have something you've created that you want displayed and sold, let me know.