Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Building a Salon in Pictures

Over the last six months I’ve been regularly taking pictures as we worked on the salon.  If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the frequent posts. Yea, I’m sorry about that…
Anyway, the place is small so there are only a few strategic places to take photos from, which means I have a folder filled with progression type pictures. So today, as we’re nearing our grand opening,  I was looking through the folder and decided to post some in a chronological format.  Now you can see for yourself just how drastic the change to the space has been.
All of these pictures were taken from the same basic spot in the salon, the southwest corner, even though some of the early ones are a little off because there was a wall blocking my view. Many are taken with my Blackberry camera, which is admittedly crappy, but I didn’t want to take my good camera over there with all of the dust and construction debris flying around.  So please excuse the quality of some shots.
With that being said… Here we go…
Just before we signed the lease:IMG_3664
The first day of construction:IMG00085-20110530-1534
The start of a new subfloor:IMG00104-20110618-1904
Ready for drywall:IMG00115-20110625-1713
Drywall being completed:IMG00133-20110714-1931
Finished painting:IMG00171-20110828-1637
A new floor:
We’re finally finished!IMG_3906
We just have a few things left to do in the suite before we open, and hopefully we’ll be able to check off everything left on our list while we wait for the construction on the building to be completed.
It’s been an amazing journey filled with tears, frustration, and anger, but also a lot of pride in what we’ve accomplished. My family has been a tremendous help, and it couldn’t have been done without them.  The kids sacrificed an entire summer to sit at the salon pitching in when they were able, and John did the bulk of the heavy duty construction by himself, on top of working his regular full-time job. When you add in the fact that he’s footing the bill for all of this, it’s safe to say I have an awesome husband.
I can’t wait to open, and if you’re ever in Racine, I hope you stop in for a cup of coffee and a manicure.  I’d love to see you!

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