What a day! As I mentioned the other day, we have signed a lease on a building where we will eventually open the doors of 515 Brewing Company to the public. The building has been many things in its life...a restaurant or two, a bar or two and possibly a couple of things we haven't heard of yet. Needless to say, we have to do some work to it in order to match our vision for the brewery and tasting room.
With the receipt of our insurance paperwork this last week and a floor plan more or less finalized, we are finally able to get our hands dirty and start work on cleanup/construction prep. We have not acquired our official building permit yet so we aren't doing anything major, but one thing was known from the moment we all first laid eyes on the space...the carpet had to go!
It had to go for many reasons, really. First of all, it had so much stuff spilled on it in the last however long it had been down that it didn't exactly smell of roses! Then take into account the fact that we will very likely have liquid spill onto the floor on occasion and carpeting seems like a pretty silly floor covering! We thought that once we loosened a couple of edges that the stuff would just pull up without too much trouble. Um...no...how wrong we were. I arrived first, thinking it wouldn't be that much trouble. An hour later, this is all that I accomplished:
I had to stop pulling every couple of minutes to let my hands rest!
So, Ryan arrived after I had been working for about an hour and with a couple more tools and after about another hour we got this far:
That stuff just absolutely did not want to come up! Next we tried to pull smaller sections up (about 12" wide). That worked a whole lot better and the work on the carpet went much quicker...but was still pretty difficult.
One other thing we absolutely had to do was to remove a wall full of mirrors off of one of the walls. One of the previous tenants in this place had even covered up two windows with mirrors. Why, you ask? We have no idea whatsoever! It makes very little sense, but overall it doesn't matter because we have to pull them off anyway! Below is what the wall looked like with all of the mirrors on it (forgive the horrible photo...just for an idea of the mirror wall!):
Our initial attempt at the first mirror (about 4' x 4') did not go well and we quickly broke a piece off. It had been secured to the wall by half a dozen or more of these solidified putty-like disks. Since neither one of us wanted to get cut and have to get medical attention on our first day of work we decided to unleash a little bit of frustration. If the mirror didn't want to come down in one piece, we would make it come down in as many pieces as possible! A few seconds later and a flying ice scraper and crowbar later and the mirror was down, Ryan and I were laughing somewhat maniacally and we could finally see what was behind the mirror wall!
After a suggestion by Ryan's wife during dinner, we did finally find a way to pull the mirrors down without breaking them (at least most of them) and finished off pulling down the rest of the mirrors. If I remember right, we salvaged 3 or 4 of the 4' x 4' mirrors. Not sure what we'll do with them, but once we get the wood out of the windows it will be great to get some natural light into the brewery.
Photos of progress from day one: