Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A few before and after photos

Construction is ongoing, but the third floor and major portions of the second floor are nearly done. Here are a few before and after photos of some of the areas where work is complete.

Before and after views of the 3rd floor hallway where the entry to Quinnimont (Flat 3) is now located.
Eddy's (Flat 4) kitchen occupies the same space as the old 3rd floor kitchen.
The 2nd floor public bathroom door has been turned into a bookcase, the wall
that formerly closed off the 3rd floor has been removed and the stair rail rebuilt.
There was much more work required to create Quinnimont's (Flat 3) living room and kitchen than this
photo implies; new plumbing, HVAC and complete refinishing of the baseboards for starters!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Shocking Photo!

Looking back at some of our "before" photos, we were struck at some of the major changes that have taken place over the past 6 months. This photo in particular evokes strong feelings for us. This old electrical system competed for room in the narrow stairwell that serves as Lafayette Flats main entrance. The former tenants called it "Old Sparky" because it did on a regular basis!

Of course, this old system was completely bypassed by the new service and the building now has 5 separate electrical systems - one for each flat and one for the offices downstairs. And the old hardware has long since been removed, leaving nothing but a bare wall.

On the opposite wall of this space will soon be a visitor's center where Lafayette Flats guests can get and leave messages and find out about all of the activities that await them in the NRG and beyond.

We're designing a tile floor for the entry way and just ordered a new mortise lock that will fit the hundred year-old front door and provide guests with keyless access to the building.