Brewery Renovation Day One

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Brewing, Island Life, Slider, Work | 3 comments

Our initial visit

Our initial visit

We don’t have power yet, but we do have a key! Let the demolition begin. We removed the drop ceiling first, which added another two feet to the ceiling height. That helped open up the space a bit.

Many years ago, when this was a furniture store, the renters built a mezzanine over the back quarter of the main space. You can’t even stand up in this new room and it drops the lower ceiling to barely six feet. And then, they, and every tenant after, proceeded to fill it up with junk.

After the first day

After the first day

I can’t imagine why any one would build this bastard half-floor, so we proceeded to rip it out. As a bonus, we found three decaying rat corpses in the floor that were stinking the place up. Sweet!

We’ll leave a small storage space over the bathrooms (seen in the back right). We were able to remove all of the mezzanine walls and flooring and half of the framing, thanks to the unsolicited help from Eddie, a Puerto Rican who lives down the street from our house. And man was he a hard worker! You get a real understanding for the high unemployment here when every other person that walks by asks for work. Any kind of work!

The inside front of the building

The inside front of the building

This place currently has no ventilation or air flow of any kind. We also have no power to run a fan and it’s summer, the humid rainy season. Every article of clothing we were wearing was completely saturated with sweat. We may be completely exhausted and sore, but we are very happy about our progress on the very first day.

Tomorrow, we’ll hang our vinyl banner as a temporary sign and do some serious cleaning. We hauled out 9 contractor-sized bags of trash today and will probably haul out the same amount tomorrow. We also plan to rip the rest of the mezzanine framing out and possibly start framing out the small storage room. The fun continues!

The back room

The back room