Monday, 10 March 2014

Finished product

Well we finally finished all the renovations to the Carlyle Memorial Hall.  We completed all the renovation on Monday March 3.  It was a long stretch, but the results were well worth it.

This is a photo of the outside of the bar finally installed.

This is a photo of the cabinetry inside the bar.  All the drawers are self closing, so it is great.  

This is a photo of the oak chair rail that was installed at the top of the concrete footing to make it more attractive.  Once the finish was on it, the green masking tape was removed and it was caulked to the wall to give it a leasing finish.  

This is the finished product.  In addition to all the carpentry work that was done, the entire hall was painted, including all the trim, and holes in the gyprock, stippled ceiling were repaired and restippled ensuring that everything looks totally complete.  
The hall was then cleaned again and made ready for the first big event in the building - The Lion's Supper and Auction on March 6.

Because of our endlessly cold winter we discovered that the sewer line under the mezzanine floor was frozen on March 2, but we managed to thaw that out using fans to blow warm air through the crawl space around the sewage line.  

On March 4 we were informed that the water line was frozen.  When we discovered that the service line was frozen down into the ground and no water was coming into the building, I was at my wit's end.  I had no idea what to do.  
I contacted the Carlyle Town Office, and they promptly sent two of their men over.  In a couple of hours they thawed the line and got everything back in service so the Lion's Auction could go ahead. 

 I cannot express enough thanks to those men who promptly and efficiently solved our frozen line problem!!   

Interestingly enough, I also learned how the thaw the line, so when it froze again 2 days later, I was able to thaw it out with a little volunteer help.  We have left a tap running to keep the line from freezing again.  

We have ordered a portable stage for the Hall, and have received notice that has been manufactured.  Once it has arrived I will post some more photos.

At this point we have had 2 events on the new floor, but only one when the hall renovations were complete.  The feedback from both groups, the Oilmen's Bonspiel and the Lions for their auction, was uniformly positive.  This project was a large expense, and a lot of work, but we feel it to have been well worth it.   

Monday, 10 February 2014

Pictures of the bar installed

Although we have taken a couple of weeks off for a vacation in a warm clime, work is still proceeding in our absence.  Below are a couple of photos that were taken when the bar was installed.


(Thanks for the pictures, Dianne)
This bar will be a show piece in the hall with the renovated floor.  Many thanks to all those who designed, built and installed this lovely piece.  There is more work to installing the cabinetry, and finishing off the trim in the hall, but this installation is  another major step in the process

Sunday, 2 February 2014

We did it!

I am writing this blog on Sunday morning, February 2.  We started laying the floor in Carlyle Memorial Hall yesterday at a about 9:00 AM.  We started with about 6 people, and before very long a team of 12 had assembled.  One person had to leave at lunch time. but another came, so we had 12 all day.

This was the end of the first strip of flooring that we had started on Friday. 



The above two photos show the flooring progressing, and the process of spreading the glue

The above photo shows more progress.

This photo shows the ceremonial laying of the last piece of the flooring at just before 5:00 PM.  There are 11 people in this photo.  I took the picture and one of the team had to leave at lunch. 
 Enormous thanks to everyone who contributed to this floor.  

There is more work to be done on the bar, trim and finishing, but this was a huge step.  
The photo below shows all the flooring installed.  


Yippee, the new floor is in!!

Friday, 31 January 2014

Flooring arrived today

Lots of work today.  We started the day by picking up the flooring from the store and unloading it in the hall.  My old 1/2 ton was squatting quite significantly under the load.
Then we set up to install the flooring.  That included cleaning and removing most of the clutter that had accumulated on the floor.

By the end of the day we had installed a test section on the floor.  Very careful work to not get glue all over the place, but we have started.  Tomorrow, Feb 1 will be a big day trying to install as much as possible.  

The bar has had laminates and finishing installed, but I have not been at the shop for a while to take photos.  I will try to squeeze some time in tomorrow to take photos of the bar as it progresses.

Tomorrow will be a big day!!

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Continuing construction

It has been a couple of days since I updated.  Well, work has been progressing, but we are working on important details.  The photo below shows the bar being test fit in place.

Test Fitting is essential because of the way the hall is constructed.  Once the bits and pieces are completed they need to be fitted so the necessary modifications can be done to make a complete and professional installation.  


This photos shows the construction of the upper bulkhead above the bar, which will be installed to make the bar look complete and to give a place for very attractive lighting.  

The bar and the bulkhead are having the external finishing laminates installed so they are ready for installation. 
Work is also continuing with painting in the hall.  In addition modifications are being performed on the lower section of the walls to improve the appearance of the hall.  
All this work takes time and effort, but it will be well worth it in the end.  

The next major step is Flooring Installation and is scheduled for February 1, 2014.

On February 1 we hope to start installing the new flooring.  If you know anything about flooring, or if you don't, but want to help, please show up at the Carlyle Memorial Hall on February 1.  We usually start work around 10:00 AM, but you can drop in anytime to help.  

We have put almost a month into this project, so please stop in and see the changes that we have made.  

Monday, 27 January 2014

Back to work on Monday

After taking Sunday off, we got back to work on the Carlyle Memorial Hall Renovation on Monday.  There was more painting and trim detailing going on in the hall.  The photo below is of some more detailed painting.

If you have ever been involved in a project like this you know that details, such as ensuring the painting is correct, takes a lot of time.  It is all about the 80/20 rule.  80% of the effect comes from 20% of the effort, and 20% of the effect comes from 80% of the effort.  We are trying to get 100% of the effect, so our painting crew is putting in the necessary effort to get that effect.  

Work also progressed on the bar front.  More curved sections were built.  


These pieces and the others previously constructed will be assembled to form the front of the bar.  Test fitting of one of the sections will progress tomorrow.  Once the test fitting is complete surface finishing laminates will be installed.  
More posts will be upcoming.  

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Working on Saturday

Those involved in volunteering on the Carlyle Memorial Hall thought that we would put in a few hours to make some more progress on Saturday.  The photos below show some of the progress.


Painting progressed inside the bar.  A very rich colour was chosen and it looks great in person.  The lower paneling throughout the hall was also painted, but photos of that work were not included.   They will be added on a later posting.  


More work took place on assembling bar components, which are shown above.  They are interesting shapes and will form a unique bar.  


This photo shows one of the bar components as it was test fit into place.  
All in all this is an interesting project, and a lot of work has been done.  A lot more work has yet to be done, but it is exciting for all of us who are involved, and we feel that it will be a great addition to the hall.