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Winter Prep Continues

Here we all are at the cusp of winter once again. Last year we had a permanent ice skating rink surrounded by roses from all the water coming off the roof. With the help of the drainage hose those many gallons will be diverted out to where the sun does shine. This is especially important as the goal is to have the plumbing for the old office inspected and ready for concrete when the kitchen trenches are filled in which is hopefully very soon. Long term we are going to direct this resource to landscaping and gardens.

Most of the year has been towards

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Regarding Opening

At last we have a licensed master plumber who has pulled our commercial plumbing permit, a terrific relief. He came yesterday and identified what is needed to pass. This will likely happen likely in September – October. The addition to the team is huge and a painfully long milestone to reach. The subfloor electric then starts once we are past the subfloor plumbing. Plus we have a new electric panel sitting around, totally bored and waiting for attention! Happily we have a licensed master electrician keen to help get us open.

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Last of the Subfloor?

That is surely the end of all the trench work!

In the right photo with the main building in the background you can see a black chimney and a silver one. The former is for the 70-gallon water heater and the latter for the masonry heater.

The above photos are of the old office, formerly a hair salon. The building was carried from somewhere in the Baca and, as I can attest, placed on the foundation which is all that is left. Not connected by any foundation bolts and no treated wood either.

The plan is to concrete the floor, add a roof, enclose the restroom and make a mosquito netting wrapped outdoor pavilion. Folks can pick up their order at the kitchen door and enjoy their meal in the covered outdoor seating area.

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Back in late May 2022 we took the old office and original kitchen foyer down to the floor in anticipation of constructing the new kitchen entrance and loading dock which it was blocking. We’re in the process of updating the plumbing as maybe this will serve as an outdoor seating.

These two photos show as-was from about a year ago.

Some photos of the current activity.

Thank you for reading!

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Catching Up

Subfloor plumbing is ready for inspection.

Our plumbing inspector serves 6 counties. Yes it is rural. Saguache County, in which the restaurant sits, has the distinction of being the largest Colorado county. We are Wednesdays and one must request an appointment the day before their day by 3 pm.

These 4 photos are of the A la Cart Kitchen (located behind the bar), West Garden Room full bathroom and 2 Bedroom kitchen sink drain. These are all aired up together for the inspection. In the upper left corner of the upper left photo below is the shower drain; this same drain is in the upper right of the upper right photo for bearings.

Below are the commercial bathrooms. The 3” pipe disappearing up is also the vent for the upstairs kitchen sink and toilet. From the top: ADA toilet, urinal, floor drain, sink (not visible), toilet, floor drain, sink.

While we wait for the right Wednesday we’re continuing with plumbing. When the inspection happens it will include as much drain pipe as possible.

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A Surprising Twist

The plan has been to not work on the commercial restrooms until the kitchen was open for take out business. It is a good plan as the remaining work inside, including but not limited to radiant heat & floors in general, insulating and covering the ceiling, and building out what will be a very nice bar, is no short list of quickies. Yet we have to get out from the foundation walls, the apartment’s toilet needs a vent, the cast iron is in the way anyway, and there already is a convenient hole through thick concrete which equally conveniently leads to readily connectable PVC.

It looks like I forgot to publish this and the above is now pretty old news, which is terrific. In fact, the subfloor plumbing is ready for inspection in the commercial bathrooms. Regarding the rest, only the connection to the 4″ line leading to the 5″ line outside the building and 2 Bedroom kitchen sink remains and then the residential kitchen sink, the bar, and West Garden Room bathroom will have all the subfloor plumbing ready for inspection. I’ll make a post soon with pictures to illustrate the work. Thank you for reading!