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It’s time for another glimpse into the progress of the Hermit Haus, our church repurposing project. We have a hard deadline of the end of the month to be out of our previous office, so our friends can move into it and start their own project, so we need to be moving along.
This week, our destruction crew of David and Kim (with help from Mandi) got to work on the basement ceiling. We felt claustrophobic in there, with the low ceilings and lack of windows, so we’re addressing the easy thing first: the yellow drop ceilings. This will make the place much more welcoming for those of us over 5’4″ (which is not me, Mandi, or Anita).
David removed the tiles and found all sorts of interesting things up there, like bare brick, wood, and what’s this? Some scary electrical wiring, that’s what! Oops. That had to go, and fast. Lots of it has to go.
We will be really glad to replace the old-fashioned fluorescent lighting with something new and LED, though we did talk about just leaving the lights out, to create a romantic atmosphere. (That would be DARK!)
The rest of the week, the team will be working to get rid of the metal frames for the ceiling and the miles and miles of air conditioning ducts that are going to be replaced in the next phase of the project, which is an all-new HVAC system.
Funding the Changes
Lee heard of a program that might fund our infrastructure improvements, like the HVAC, so we have some hopes that we will be able to wrap it up into a special kind of assessment that will sell with the space if we ever sell it. I’ll leave it to Lee to explain that later, once he knows more about it. He’s finding that attending all those Rotary and Lion’s Club meetings pays off in learning the ins and outs of the city!
(Photos by Mandi – it was dark, so they are a bit grainy.)
PS: Funny story. I accidentally called Kim “Lisa” when I originally wrote it. I guess I was subliminally getting her back from having trouble not calling me Suzanne. Well, we know who we are talking about, so it’s okay!