Sunday, August 29, 2010

designer spaces & market places — construction day 1

Set­ting up for a Show House is a bit like pro­duc­ing a movie. Pre-production takes quite a while, pro­duc­tion itself is a flurry of activ­ity and post-production pulls it all together. Throw in the inevitable unfore­seen obsta­cles and a healthy does of pure chaos — you get the pic­ture.  For Designer Spaces & Mar­ket Places, the pre-production phase took place ear­lier in the sum­mer. Due to long lead-time items and some struc­tural changes, the plan was tweaked and revised a num­ber of times.

Pro­duc­tion finally started last week! Just one day in, and so much accom­plished. Square stock was installed in lieu of more typ­i­cal mold­ings to enhance the raw, loft feel. As you can see, the spaces reside within a very raw shell. Here is Steve from Steve's Fine Wood­work­ing hard at work! Steve is very much a per­fec­tion­ist, and these spaces were entirely built by vol­un­teers. I thought he might have an aneurysm when that back left cor­ner wall actu­ally started mov­ing back and forth!

A lit­tle minor surgery was needed on the wood filler!

Cheers to the good peo­ple at Far­row & Ball for donat­ing their amaz­ing paint to this project! If you have never used Far­row & Ball paints, I encour­age you to try them. Seri­ously, they are so lush you almost want to eat them! I'm using Wim­borne White and Pitch Black in Mod­ern Emul­sion — a low sheen fin­ish with incred­i­ble depth of color.  You can order a com­plete color card online, as well as order­ing sam­ple pots and full gallons.

Despite the won­der­fully high ceil­ings, we are not allowed to hang any­thing from the top. Yet, I could not really do a din­ing space with­out a chan­de­lier (or two), hence the box beam span­ning the entire space. We ran wiring through the cen­ter to power the lights. Now all we need is electricity!

Hmmm, maybe it doesn't look like too much yet, but believe me, a lot of the heavy lift­ing is done.  Stay tuned for more updates.

And remem­ber, Spaces & Places ben­e­fits two won­der­ful com­mu­nity char­i­ties in Hart­ford CT — Rebuild­ing Together Hart­ford and the Hart­ford Preser­va­tion Alliance. Please join us Sep­tem­ber 23rd for the open­ing night cock­tail party 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The main event will be open on Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 24 through Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 25, from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Tick­ets are $50 for the open­ing night event and $25 for gen­eral admis­sion, and can be pur­chased by con­tact­ing tickets@spacesplace.org or call­ing Rebuild­ing Together Hart­ford at 860.757.9425 or Hart­ford Preser­va­tion Alliance at 860.570.0331.

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