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Demo Days

Demolition of the restaurant proper is underway. The first surprise was finding that all the bricks, meaning those in the Garden Room and Main Dining Room are simply sitting on sand, explaining why the floors were so cold.

Looking west out of what was the office. The large columns formerly had buffet counters.

One of the requirements for the Temp-Cast masonry heater is a 2″x15″ duct bringing in outside area. With the heater essentially centered in the building, this means about 25 feet of ducting to simply get to the outside. Being able to pop up the bricks and not have to cut through a slab is welcome.

In the distance is the office; we are looking east on the kitchen side of the aforementioned columns.
Same as above to the left of the now famous columns.

No slab will make installing radiant heat in the dining areas much easier too. Out come the bricks, then some lite digging, 2″ of rigid foam and before you know it we are walking on pex in concrete.

The spiral staircase is just visible to the right. On the other side of the plastic & doors is the garden room. This is mostly looking south.

Excavation of the legacy roof is also underway from inside the building. The exposed sections show that, like the Grand Canyon, the building has layers, and there will need to be many supports put in place to keep what ought to be kept where it ought to be.

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Introducing the Apartment

On the west side of the restaurant is an apartment. The outbuilding used by Fred and Isaline blocks it some. There was a set of sliding glass doors through which passage to and from the Green Room, the southernmost dining area with all the plants, was possible. It is the first place to benefit from construction.

How is there construction at all? Not joking: out there in the multiverse is one where we are doing all of it. Let’s collectively take a breath and be glad that isn’t the case. Back in this universe, Mary actually was out last fall and simply met Dorell Drake of Drake Construction somewhere and asked if he knew any contractors. That simple.

Well fast forward to January and don’t fall down when you learn that Dorell referred Brett Buchanan who it seems knows all kinds of folks and suddenly we have a crew here on the regular. We are thankful and honored to have this interest and attention from Dorell and Brett.

Here are some photos of what was and where we are now. Ultimately, it’ll be a 2 bedroom with the door on the north currently leading to the courtyard is being moved to the west wall which is also getting a set of sliding doors.

Cleaned out and ready for action.
Finding there is no underfloor insulation. Also, 2 1/2 inches of deflection on the beam supported by the 2 4x4s and a metal pole. Notice the stairs and kitchen cabinets have been removed. The sliding doors will go under the angled windows in the upper left.
Insulation in place & sealed with some of the pex for radiant heat installed too. It is remarkably warmer with the 2″ of rigid foam. Notice the LVLs (2 of them actually) added to help the beam. You can see the kitchen sink rough at the bottom of the photo. The exterior door is going where the visible window is currently which itself will be relocated farther north.

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What Lies Beneath

A real shelf clearing day. The ice maker at the end of the hall was unplugged weeks ago and still has ice by the way. Next up is taking out the counters and shelves moving towards wall demolition. The counters are marvelously heavy. Lead lined perhaps. Also – very important – a materials order was placed including plywood and osb for the IB manifolds which will hopefully arrive Thursday and then watch out.

Happy New Year Everyone!!