Tag: renovation

Monkitree
Renovation Realities
2014.02.08 02:43:26

3rd back to front before after demo copy

 

We don't only have a business at 263 Water Street, we live here. For the past few years we have said we were living like college students. The things I thought I would have to change immediately (orange trim, a pencil sharpener attached to the wall) I quickly pushed to the back of my mind while we worked instead to prepare the first floor space and then opened Monkitree.

 

Much of this past year was focused on turning the office space on the 2nd floor into an apartment so we would have somewhere to live while we tackled the top two floors. The second floor is great but now we are crammed in there with all of our belonings while the demolition takes place. The picture above gives you an idea of the extent of the demolition. It is complete. Back to the bricks. The plan is to do it once so we need to do it right. Which means getting a good look at the beams, the plumbing and the electrical. I have no idea how long it will take until the upper floors are our new living space but we are starting to see how that might look and it is pretty exciting. 

 

Anyone who has lived through a renovation knows it can be stressful and dirty. The demolition portion is wrapping up so the truly filthy part is coming to an end. We have many decisions to make but one we have already made is to keep the space as open as we can. Windows, insulation and some exterior work are first up so that gives us plenty of time to think about how we want to use the space while we try to figure out how we will pay for the next phase...time to get to work!



Tags: renovation | downtown | main street | Gardiner | Water Street

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