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We are making great progress on the downstairs apartment. It has WD hookups, radiant heat, west views and good light. Very close!

Looking southeast with the exterior door behind on the north wall. The front room we see as being a treatment room for a therapist as the bathroom can be accessible without needing to traverse the house. The small window visible gives natural light and additional air to the bedroom. Yes Mary did all of the mudding & taping.
Northwest view standing in the kitchen. The stacked wood is for the floors; the kitchen & bathroom will be tiled. The door in the middle right of the photo is the apartment’s exterior door.
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Just Exactly How Many Drains?

All the floor drains and floor sinks are now installed and ready for business. Now that the weather is agreeable with epoxy temperature guidelines it is time to attach the rebar stubs, mesh and rebar, lay insulation for the walk-in and omg pour concrete!

The heavy duty (and fancy) drain. This one is where traffic is highest and carts will be wheeled. In the distance is the floor sink for the dishwasher and it’s prep sink.
This view is from the bakery looking SE. The insulation is in the chocolate studio and going in the kitchen’s walk-in refrigerator and freezer. You can see how we’ve dug down in preparation for insulation, pex, and concrete. The dirt we took out was put into the trenches.
The main kitchen’s walk-in refrigerator and freezer drains. There is going to be 4 inches of insulation on the floor before the pour.
That’s the floor sink for the bars, triple sink; on the other side of the wall is the west garden room bathroom, which has its own floor drain of course.
Starting from the bottom: bar walk-in drain, ice machine drain, and the bar’s kitchen drain. Need to move the stove, and for that, I bought a bunch of casters that I’ll mount on boards to go under the stove and be a custom dolly.
Looking at the commercial bathrooms. The left is a unisex and on the right is an ADA. To the right of the photo, though not visible, is the urinal room.

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Look at all the treats from the Alamosa Restore. Plus we were lucky enough to show up on a 50% off day. It looks like a good sized restaurant went out of business; there were 2 more handwash sized sink alas with no faucets not taken. One of the health department reopening requirements were additional hand wash sinks. The light and porcelain sink are for the downstairs apartment which is looking to be completed in April.

We’ve met new people here in Crestone and appreciate the help and advice on navigating what are apparently repeating area patterns.

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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.

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