Thursday, June 26, 2014

Building Progress

We wanted to say thank you to all the friends, neighbors and customers for reaching out and offering sympathy and a helping hand for the collapse we had to our building after last week's storm.  We are humbled by the support and thankful to have so many people behind us in this project!  And for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, I'll fill you in!

Last week's set-back was actually only one in a series of "disasters" we have faced since starting this project and I thought I would show you the series of events!  

We find ourselves repeating over and over again, "It will all be worth it in the end!"

And, "Someday we'll laugh about this."

And, "If you build it, they will come."

I mean, that last statement is really the goal, right?  And while I wish this were as easy as building a ball field, it is going to be pretty sweet when it's done!  

This past spring we had frost, fire, floods all take place.  It has felt as if nothing has swayed our way, but we've been fighting through it.

It took 8 months to get the building permit.

And what felt like three months just to get the ground un-thawed from the frigid winter.  We had to use concrete blankets to heat the ground to be able to excavate deep enough.  And at one point, those blankets caught on fire.  Didn't catch that on camera and the aftermath just looked like char coaled tarp.  

It's an exciting day when there are 5 cement trucks on site.

Then all the snow melted and and the rain started coming and that lovely new wine cellar built into the hillside, flooded.  It looked more like a swimming pool.  

Finally we got the floor.  

And it felt so good to have trusses!  It actually was starting to look like a building.  I took this on a Friday.

And then this the next morning after a storm with 60mph winds blew through! Arg!

 But the construction crew is working hard.  
I'm sure they love me for posting this picture.  

And the new trusses went back up this past week! 

They've made ever more progress since this picture a few days ago, but more to come.

It has not been an easy process, but it'll all be worth it in the end!