Saturday, April 13, 2013


It seems like yesterday we started this project. Well, OK, maybe that is a stretch, but it is hard to believe we have been working at this building for so long. But then, we are doing most of the work by ourselves, a few hours each week-end, sometimes with 2 or 3 of us, sometimes with a whole crew of 6! It is amazing how much we can get done with 6 people all pooling their efforts. Lets do a little review from a few years ago (2009) up to (more or less) today. The check leasing the building:DSC_0482

The first thing we needed to fix was the roof, to say it leaked was an understatement. Unfortunately, it took a while to get a grant to have a new roof put on. It is easy to see the leaks in the “office” area where we actually had a ceiling. The big room was open from the floor to the roof.

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We even had our first Santa Train with tents INSIDE the building to keep the rain off the visitors and food!

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BUT, first we needed steps, new windows, then electricity, some door repair until we built our own doors.

  DSC_0451 DSC_0520DSC_0567 DSC_0602 DSC_0612 DSC_0433Then we had to replace the BIG beams, brick work, some floor floor, and walls, and fill in the pit at the old scales.

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And then remove the old walls and ceiling in the office area…

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The north end:

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And on the inside, we built a ceiling in the big freight room:

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removed the track-side door, made it a little smaller and reinstalled it. then we built a new door for the south end.

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replaced the office door:DSC_1847

and added French doors in the freight room.DSC_1891

An HVAC system was installed and we fenced in the outside unit. DSC_1915

The walls were prepared and insulated, then came sheetrock and paint.

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Snowbrush said...

I think that's wonderful. I so enjoyed the pictures.

Ginnie said...

That's a wonderful album of pix's. I'm sure all the people involved are proud to be part of it and I know how much of it is thanks to you ! The inside was nowhere near the painting stage when we saw it.

Sissy said...

Seeing such devoted gentlemen makes my heart soar. The old store building here I consider a landmark; wish it could be restored. Recently I was given a picture of it when it was in its heyday. Such a shame to watch it decaying away.

Vagabonde said...

That is a great amount of labor – but by the look of it it’s a labor that is enjoyed by all. Great pictures!