Before I go too far into today’s topic, let me thank all of you who read, commented on, forwarded, or shared Lee’s post about the disappearance of local Cameron restaurants. Usually our Facebook posts get 100-200 exposures. That one had well over 2,000! I think Lee struck a nerve. Our web statistics look pretty hysterical, too. BOOM, a huge spike on Wednesday!
Back to Work
The work on the Pope residence is going really well. I have a sneaky suspicion that the crew really enjoys knocking plaster off walls and revealing brick. Who could blame them? It’s just beautiful!
Cody has been meeting with various subcontractors to get the building’s bones back in good shape. They have a plan for shoring up the sagging beam that involves just two holes in the flooring, one of which you see here. He doesn’t seem to think it’s too bad of a project.
He also talked to a mason about what’s needed to do any repairs or reinforcement needed on all the newly exposed brick. We want to keep the character, but also make the building safe for us and our clients! It may not be the most inexpensive proposition ever, so we’re going to talk about it as a team before doing any more work on the two remaining offices that still have plaster on the walls. We don’t want to kill the ole budget!
Our old HVAC friend Felix also dropped by to figure out how to get heating and air conditioning into the building (yay!). He always does such good work. It’s going to be an interesting system. The downstairs is a little complicated and has three zones (the complicated part), but upstairs will be easy to do through the attic, when that time comes. That’s a bit of a relief.
Enjoy these pictures of the former kitchen with the damaged shiplap removed (it will be replaced by shiplap from a house that’s being demolished), the location for the second beam repair access, and the newly exposed brick in the entry hallway. We think it will look fantastic with the trim painted a light color! (We don’t want the place to look like a dungeon, after all.)