Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Becoming real-er!

Basement storage room and office, before + after 'painting weekend':

Unlike plumbing and electrical, painting is something we can do to save money. We decided to use low/no VOC paints (for health and environmental reasons), which we've never used before but discovered some new things about them. For instance, while we were easily able to find low or no VOC paints locally, no one had anything that could handle tinting to medium or dark colors. It seems if you want to stay "pure", you're almost stuck at pastels. Apparently the colors themselves are what carry a lot of the volatile compounds. The whites were easy, but for our color, we ended up going a bit lighter than we would have otherwise. So I hope they're working on making more color options available, cause we love our dark colors (and our health)!

In other news, construction is moving along, we're sorting through more bank business, updating the budgets, trying to get the owner's guys to finish their work, confirming equipment specs, finally picked up our plans from the city ("No, I didn't get them... you mean you didn't get them? Did anyone get them? Oops."), and have been generally running around like headless chickens (minus the grossness).

In more visual news, the bar wall is going up. It'll be taller than this, but it's still pretty low... we're anxious to see how the vision will come together. And as stuff is going up in the space for real, we're also seeing that there are a few things look like they might need some adjustment. Areas that looked huge on the drawings are feeling a bit tight and vice versa, but overall...

This is so cool!

And I don't know if I dare say it out loud, but at this point, my fine peeps, we are probably looking at 9-10 weeks until opening. Whoa.


Steve said...

Everything seems moving along quite nicely!

loren said...

I think I have a similar picture of Miguel in a dust mask... And maybe one of Lee, too. It's exciting to see the progress. We had a similar experience with the VOC vs tint thing for our house. We found some bold no-VOC Sherwin-Williams colors in their Harmony line, but our "espresso" wall was a typical VOC paint (I think). But hey, 1 out of 12 ain't bad.

lee said...

yeah, things are definitely moving, steve!

we should have thought to ask you guys about the paints, loren. figures you guys would be on the eco-frontier!!! : )