Oh wow, it’s been an exciting time over here in the Cameron office. There’s so much news, it won’t fit in one post!
The asbestos report finally came in on The Hermit Haus. And yes, they found some. We had dreaded that.
But, hooray, it was only in one tiny spot! It’s in the grout around the window air conditioner in the big office. That will be easy to remediate, because we can leave it there and cover it up safely. So we are moving forward on the project…or will as soon as our team is available to work on it.
We do have a bid from our fabulous Hermits’ Rest Enterprises contracting team, which means we know what the first phase will cost us.
Now, what exactly will we DO? We will have a much better idea soon, because tomorrow the architectural team will be here bright and early to start measuring the building.
But, That’s Not All!
The architects will also be taking a look at the house directly behind the church, which we now have under contract. We’re getting it from a wonderful family who want to work closely with us as we move forward on the project. We’re all for it, because we feel like friends already.
This property is amazing, and is just begging to be brought back to its former glory. The architect, who loved how square the church is will be a bit ovrwhelmed by now NOT square the inside of this house is, even with its four huge rooms on each floor.
We have a couple of different ideas for business plans with this property, so we are having some folks look it over to provide feedback on the feasibility of different options. Any option will be FUN.
The house has been changed a lot over the years since it was built as a doctor’s office and residence, and its history has led to some challenges, but we’re just going to take our time and work on it, tackling the most important structural issues first. We may even use the downstairs for our offices until the Hermit Haus renovation is done. So many possibilities!
In the coming weeks, we will share some of the history of the Gillis House, run ideas past our devoted readers, and share even more new developments. In the meantime, here are just a couple of teaser photos of the “before” interior.