I’ve gotten behind on posting; there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all there is to get done! It’s harder to be mindful on the quantitative part of documenting this process when you get lost in the whirlwind of everything else going on. I’ve combined these past two weeks in one post, noting the fact that it’s also easier to take pictures of the fun side of things, because it’s just more fun to!
The past two weeks have been packed with electrical, plumbing and mechanical work, and the drama that comes with each. Then we’re personally taking on a lot of the details that an unlicensed person can do– paint, wallpaper, staining, assembling the bar, etc. On one hand it’s really cool that we’re involved in these details, that we can physically add our efforts to this side of the business. On the other hand, it’s physically a lot to handle while also needing to manage, oversee and plan everything too. One other thing that summarizes this part of the process: problems! Every day, in everything; some small, others more worrisome. Things don’t go as planned, planned things don’t always work in reality, and that can be a lot to deal with at once. After a long 12 hour day at the space, the work continues as we go home, get some food in our system, then work on the admin side of the business. Some days it’s amazing to visibly see the progress, other days I feel I’m dropping the ball on everything and nothing is getting done right. It takes constant steps back to reevaluate what’s going right and wrong, and how to better manage time and people (the hardest part). And sometimes you don’t realize it until it’s too late, then have to focus on fixing the issues at hand! Anyways, let’s see some pictures, and maybe in the future when I have time to examine and decompress this process, I’ll write on the highs and lows of the build out process itself.
SONDER Build Out Week 5
Here’s where we left off last week— drywall, mid-multiple projects, now it’s time to give our space a new facelift. We started with the ceiling– we wanted to keep it exposed and paint it all white to hide the piping and the ceiling look even bigger. A friend helped us out by spraying the ceiling for us– taking a two day job down to two hours. Which was so helpful, because it took two days to paint the pipes, continue through the walls, and then the brick. Shoutout of thanks to the handful of friends who helped!
We’re working with EKB Enterprises for our bar countertop, and we’re so excited to see it come together. Chris came in here to measure out and make a template for our bar, which was definitely more tricky due to our design and size. Note to self– straight lines make for easier, cheaper and material-saving quartz cutouts. But they do such a great job, honestly I don’t know what we’d do without them. From the get-go we really wanted to have white quartz for the customer experience and look of the bar, and we’re so excited to see that happening.
Our electrician is amazing, accurate and fast– so we had to get on our lighting fixtures! We painted them by hand to get the shade we wanted… and nothing makes hard work better than Chik-fil-a, am I right?
We got our floor sealed, and this with the paint really started to make the space look more like a coffee shop.
While various things were going about, I tackled the long-awaited pineapple wallpaper. I’ve had this on my vision board for a while, and couldn’t wait to use this to make our little bathrooms a lot more charming. Plus, wallpaper is a symbol for hospitality! It was our first time putting up wallpaper and I had my good friend Deb help me, which was a must. It was quite an adventure, and there were tricks and quirks we figured out by the end of it that would’ve made the first four strips (in four hours) a lot easier– but that’s how you learn.
We worked on it over the weekend, so technically you’ll have to wait to see the finished product next week! Until then– thanks for following our story along.