Friday, May 26, 2017

Bits and Pieces

Not a full reveal. but some preparations and progress to show you.

Boxes of vinyl flooring were delivered to the site.


This is the glued down version for better water protection.

Completed north end of the room.  Mannington Floor in Seaport Wharf.

Not easy to see the difference here, but this is the same flooring in a different color for the ground level.  Mannington floor in Dockside that has a hint of gray with brown.

This is part of a large folding screen that needed touching up and waxing.

I discovered it at the Miriam Shop.  A six panel, seven foot tall screen.  Pretty, but not what I was looking for until...

I saw the other side.  The plan is to separate it into two panels of three.


 There are two electrical panels on the second floor.  We will use a 3 piece section of the folding
 screen to shield each one from the view of the patrons.

The panels are boxed in now and painted so they look better, but the screen is still in play.

I found these table bases, complete with glass tops, at an estate sale.  Here they are after a coat of spray paint.  I plan to pair them with some chairs I found at a Mid-Century shop on Jefferson.


I wanted something open and lightweight but still sturdy.

The metal plating is not in great condition but now that they have been thoroughly cleaned, I think they can be used as is for the time being.

Except for the upholstery, that is.

Here is a tiny sample strip in the gray and white.  I would have shown a larger sample but I just gave the roll of fabric to the upholsterer. (BTW, that 8x8 piece of tile you see here is what is going on the front of the bar.)

Because this post is dragging on a bit, I am able to show you a section of the bar that is now tiled.

The template was made and we are waiting on the top.  It will be Silestone in a color called Steel.


 Second floor bathroom tile.  Not painted yet and waiting on the plumber to get the sink in place.


There are two bathrooms on the first floor done in this tile.


I haven't talked much about the stairs but they are starting to get some attention now.



They look pretty awful and all the construction mess has not helped. Sure hope we can make them look good.

 Looks like the sanders are moving faster than this blog post.

Stained and ready for poly.  Can't promise when the risers will be painted.  The painter left today for a one week vacation. 


This is the bench seating in the fabrication process.

This section is painted and ready for cushions.

Some of the furnishings have arrived.


Like these cute little stools for first floor seating.  That's your sneak peak for now.  Hope to have lots more real soon.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Reality of Rehab



Over two months has passed since the last post in which I promised this post would be showing you the pretty stuff.  Sadly, I can't deliver on that promise. The rehab clock sometimes runs counter clockwise.  Here us what I can show you.

The massive hood has been installed in the kitchen and the ceiling grid is in place.

Tile has been laid in the kitchen and...

in the front service area.


The floors behind the bar and the kitchenette on the second floor have been waterproofed and...


the tile has been installed.



The tile work that was started in the bathrooms had to be put on hold because of some plumbing problems.  Those "little" problems persisted resulting in the removal of parts of the drywall to resolve the problem.  But the ol' rehab clock is running again, although, not always keeping perfect time.


The second floor ceiling in this shot is ready and waiting for ceiling panels.

.Getting started on those panels.

This is a large area to cover and it took several days to get all these panels up to create a sound absorbing ceiling.

Almost finished and ready for paint.

But before the paint there was a lot of smoothing of walls.


And hours and hours of patching and sanding.


There were also many feet of that dratted HVAC tubing to snake around the room.


There were a series of scheduling conflicts with painters, but a bit of the painting has been done.
The ceiling color is a Benjamin Moore color called Barnwood.  The bricks on the back wall have one coat of BM called Museum Piece.

Sections of the second floor will be a Sherwin Williams color called Grandiose.  (although it looks yellow it is really green) And that, folks, is where we stand now.

Plans are being made for the front of the building but I'll save that for another post.


The glazed terra cotta tile work requires someone specifically qualified to restore this type of decorative finish.


 Most of the repair work is on the ground level, but all of it is in need of tuck pointing.


 This is a historic feature and I'm looking forward to bringing it back to it's original state so expect a full report at a later date.

I feel I have to end this post on a pretty note and this is all I've got for right now.

If you look at the brick section to the right of the window you will see strip with some wood cross bars going from the floor to the ceiling.  These are actually recessed spaces in the brick that allows room to run pipes and wires without having them exposed.  There are four of these channels on the second floor.

The plan is to wrap a 12 inch wide board with this fabric (Hunter's Purse in Mica) and attach it to the wall and cover the opening.  We cannot do that until the flooring (sample behind the fabric) is installed, so the results of this will have to be shown at a later date.

Wish I had more for ya', but that's all 'till next time.










Sunday, January 29, 2017

It's Not Pretty!

The last progress report on the restaurant project was this one.  Since then a lot of time has passed and money has flown out the door.  The result is:  LOTS of systems have been installed that will make the place comfortable, functional, safe and efficient.  Sadly that has nothing to do with making the place look great.  In fact, quite the contrary.

Room temperature is important but how it happens sure ain't pretty! Note the duct stretching across that great tin ceiling.
(That huge piece of stainless happens to be the hood for the stove.)


Nothing like having a large tube of ductwork looming overhead at the bar.

Dropping the ducts below the I beams resulted in some serious eye rolls on my part.


These are the large panels that will be installed over all that foam insulation on the second floor ceiling.  The pictures don't do them justice...they look worse in person.  But, I'm told they will absorb sound and that is important.  I will strive to make them look better with paint.

Some of the drywall has been installed on the second floor to enclose the bathroom and the satellite kitchen.  The stub wall is built around the staircase and the bar wall has been built.



Lots of wiring is still being run for electricity and the sound system.


 Boxes of tile for the bathrooms are stacked and waiting for the time when tile can be installed.
Lots more tile is on the way for the kitchens and the bar area.  All that delicious stuff will be pictured in the next post...I hope that's soon.

This is the hallway in front of the bathrooms.  More tile is stacked in the cubby at the end of the hallway.

Those two skinny poles on the left are support columns and, unfortunately, they are not temporary.  Another challenge for seating, traffic flow, and decor.

It's hard to tell here, but the ceilings in the bathrooms keep getting lowered to accommodate all the crap essentials that are housed overhead.

Remember the hood from the first shot in this post?  This is the wall where it will be hung in the next week.

This is a shot of the rest of the kitchen.  Right now it's a maze of vents, and drains, and pipes for the sprinkler system.

The black pipes with the red connectors are part of the spinkler system.

It shows up everywhere and in most cases is not able to be camouflaged.

This is one of the worst!  That pole drops right where we have plans for banquette seating.  Ouch!

And then we have those piles of trash that keep reappearing no matter how many times they are hauled to the dumpster.
Patience and flexibility are required.  Problem solving and compromise are essential.  Optimism and determination are our best tools to take this project to completion. Please stay tuned for the pretty stuff.