We were able to take our friends Mike and Martha through the church property yesterday to get some more ideas on how to prioritize our renovations. Lee and Mike measured all the rooms and thought about the heating and air conditioning, while Martha and I thought about ideas for making the upstairs more appealing for different types of events while remaining neutral (we figure people’s events may have “color schemes” and we won’t want to clash, ya know.
Of course the upstairs has very red carpet and rather blue windows. We can’t change the windows, but perhaps the flooring can change at some point, I guess!
While we were downstairs, we looked at the four (or five) rooms that could be offices. Well, they definitely will need some work, as you can see in the pictures of the three rooms Mandi and I have to work out. We are pretty sure the big one will be a conference room, and will look nice with our “good” conference room furniture in it.
I really like the room with the least ugly paneling in it. That paneling is actually OK, and the room is an OK size. But, I could perhaps share the minister office with Lee, since I only use the room Fridays and weekends.
However, the former nursery room is pretty small. I’m not sure how we’d put all Mandi’s stuff in there. And it will need to be redecorated ASAP if we are ever to use it as an office.
There’s also a really big room with double doors that the church used to store all their extra equipment. It’s a bigger room. There’s a possibility of using it as an office and putting the spare tables and chairs in the “nursery” room.
Music to My Ears
I was really happy to hear Lee say he wants to reconfigure the offices. WHEW! We can live with anything temporarily!
Meanwhile his first move will be to reconfigure the HVAC to go where the baptism tank is. Maybe it has a future as a garden pond at the ranch? Or a water feature at the Hermit Haus? Well, THAT won’t work on our insurance, for sure! Scratch that idea. But, fenced in at the ranch? Sure.
We have discovered that the mail doesn’t get delivered to the address of the property. So far, no one at the Cameron PO knows how to make mail get delivered. Oops, we’ll want that. These are the kinds of issues you never think of.
We are not sure how much of the things that are in the building will be there when we close tomorrow (supposedly), but we are looking forward to having a nice piano and organ to use, and some of the decor, such as this pretty little mirror.
Sadly, all the silk flower arrangements are gone. Well, I hope someone is getting some good use of them.
We wish the members of the former church the best as they move forward, and hope their last service in the building (which is going on as I write this) is comforting. I know they are glad to have the burden of maintaining this large building off their shoulders.