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On Sunday, December 6th, we had our famous pancake breakfast at our local SVGrange Hall. Many neighbors came out for a great, organic and tasty meal, saw old friends, made new ones, and checked out our progress on the Hall! It had been 10 months since our last public event and we were so looking forward to seeing our great Sonoma Valley community.
Now that the new bathrooms are finished, and the wood floor has been sanded and refinished, come see the great new renovated building and have a great time at the same time!
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All of the floor joists have been replaced by new treated lumber to prevent any future water damage or dry rot, and the ceiling joists, which were barely attached, have been appropriately reinforced.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.
Well, we finally got to take this old building apart a bit and see what she has underneath the hood. Or walls, floors and ceilings, in this instance!
A great group of Grangers came out Saturday 2/21 and, in only about 4 hours, took apart what was the front (west) portion of the building, which housed the restrooms and large storage area. We started out in the cool morning with coffee and snacks before going at it with sledgehammers, saw-zalls, crowbars, pry bars, you name it!
What we found was… mostly expected. Some older boards with some water damage and other minor deterioration. The ground below was dry, dusty, and looked like it had been covered over for 60 years. Large rough old growth redwood 4×6’s formed the main supports, on top of what looked like hand poured concrete piers.
Hi all! We have a Grange business meeting Monday, February 9th at 6: pm. Come down to join in our participatory democracy. We’ll review our pancake breakfast, membership drive and renewals, and most importantly, construction plans!