Friday, June 16, 2017

Inching Along

Dare I say we are getting to the final layer?  In some areas maybe.  There is still some electrical and some plumbing to do.  And there is also painting to finish.  Progress on the facade is at a standstill until it makes it through approval by Cultural Resources.  But, I can give a progress report of sorts.

I have been experimenting with a stencil that I purchased for the second floor.  This was the first sample.  I have never tried rolling a stencil with a sponge roller, but it would sure make this job go faster.  There was some bleeding but I think I've come up with a method to alleviate that problem.


I also thought the first try had too much contrast.  I kept the same background color but went over the ginkgo leaf with a lighter grayish/taupe.  I also considered some metallic gold on the fringes,  That could work, but it is labor intensive, and given the amount of wall I need to cover, I ruled it out.


The bar tile is in place but not grouted yet.  There was a major detour on the bar top.  After having the template made and making the down payment, I was informed the Silestone in Steel had been discontinued.  That derailed the train for days until a replacement could be found.

Because I got really busy and didn't finish this post...the tile on the bar is now grouted.


The service counter also has most of the tile in place.  This top had to be reworked and a second template had to be made before the work order could processed.



The doors finally arrived for the bathrooms.  Once those are installed and trimmed out, the final tile can be installed.
Oops! Spoke too soon.  Another setback.

 Sink and faucet were installed....not to mention tile!  AND THEN....another leak!  Not the same bathroom. Just another failed snap ring taking the blame.  I took this after the fix and after the drywall was patched back.  Retiling and regrouting on the horizon. Searching for a new plumber, added to the list.



More work has been done on the banquette seating and some of it has been delivered.  Next comes foam and upholstery.  Are you getting the idea that we are not as close to the finish line as we should be?

I swear I took a picture of this beautious fixture BEFORE they hung that awful EXIT sign, but I cannot find it.  Not to whine...too much....but this is the kind of thing that is repeated on a weekly basis.  Just when my spirit soars, there seems to be a little tether that brings me down a notch.  It is one of the pitfalls of commercial design.


Viewed from another angle, you can eliminate the exit sign and add in the HVAC vent.


On a positive note, the lift that carries the food from the kitchen to the second floor should be ready in a few days.


This baby was a tough, tough install.  Everyday for weeks there was a redo or adjustment to be made.  But it is in the shaft and has traveled to the top.  Now it's just a matter of closing it up and making it look pretty. 

Currently trying to figure a way to hang eight pendants over the bar.  It looks like plenty of room but it's only 50 inches.  Track rails have to go below the I-beam and somehow miss that monstrous mess of metal,

It runs smack in the middle of the bar top.  That happens to be the one thing I asked them to avoid.
Imagine that?  
We might have a bunch of drinkers bumping their heads on the way out.


In the meantime I'm working on the facade.  This happens to be marble that is below the large windows on the front and west side of the building.  I had plans to cover it over, very tastefully mind you, but Cultural Resources had another idea.


They must be replaced with a similar look and material.  I am now getting bids on granite pieces as a replacement.  


Somewhere along this journey, I mentioned buying these four chairs.


Since then they have been sitting on my porch backless and seatless while those parts were being reupholstered.


The newly upholstered pieces were delivered today.
Can't wait to assemble and take them to the restaurant.
Everyone is asking when we will be to the point of needing seating and I cannot even hazard a guess.  All I can say is, "Stay tuned."


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.