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.