As bad as that post title is given that the 2016 election is nearly here, it also is appropriate when talking about our building renovations (sorry for the scare!).
Our long journey toward renewing the infrastructure of our hall to upgrade the bathrooms, create a commercial kitchen, and refurbish much of the rest of the building (including a new deck at the back!) is nearly complete (see the picture).
We hope to be open for business soon, and after a workday today that attracted about 15 volunteers who worked for much of the day to get things ready, we are nearing that goal rapidly. Those of you who haven’t seen the hall for 6 months or more would be astonished to see it today, and even more so after we finish the back deck and get more finishing touches in the interior complete. Suffice it to say that you will be delighted with the changes, as are we who have been working to accomplish them.
There are so many “thank yous” to hand out, but Seth Dolinsky, our President, is the person to do that as I expect he will once we have completed our renovations. Meanwhile, stay tuned about news of a “Grand Re-Opening” party to re-introduce to both the renovated building as well as the new organization we will be becoming.
The sliding “barn doors” for the storage space between the bathrooms has yet to be hung, or acquired, so that will take some time. There will be work party soon to paint the walls in the main hall and take care of other details.
However, in a different but related project all of the old linoleum-style tile has been ripped up from the amazing wood flooring underneath, thus allowing us the opportunity to sand it down and refinish what could be a very pretty wood floor.
The maple dance floor has been sanded and sealed. It look stunning.
Stay tuned for information on our first post-renovation Pancake Breakfast and even better — our opening celebration! When that happens, the many, many people who made this happen will be named and honored.
Our building renovation has progressed recently so I thought I would stop in and take some pictures to show what has happened. All of the rough-in plumbing and electrical is in, the insulation is in (sprayed foam in the ceiling, batt fiberglass in the walls), and the walls are framed. Sheetrock has been delivered and will start to go up soon. See the pictures below! Click on them to see them large.
At tonights meeting Grange members got a look at the renovation progress in the front room (what used to be a porch before it was enclosed). Those familiar with the Grange know that this space held storage areas and the two bathrooms.
Following demolition of the space by Grange volunteers, the contractor has been working on the infrastructure issues that the demolition exposed, as well as planned upgrades. One of the issues exposed in the demolition was the lack of adequate support for the exterior wall, thereby necessitating the insertion of an appropriate form of support (a mudsill, if you must know).
All of the floor joists have been replaced by new treated lumber to prevent any future water damage or dry rot, and the ceiling joists, which were barely attached, have been appropriately reinforced. Now that this work has been done the plumber will be roughing in what is needed at this stage to support the eventual finish plumbing.
We heard from the contractor at our meeting that they feel fairly confident about finishing this stage by the end of June. However, we voted at the meeting to forge ahead with the renovation without break to finish the kitchen renovation that is required to enable commercial use of the kitchen. To do this will likely require working through the summer into fall.
Nonetheless, we will still be able to use the hall during this work depending on the required use and the timing. Please contact us if you would like to use the hall.