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Approved for Occupancy

Yesterday we received the official notification that we were approved for occupancy in the new store building! The last couple months have been filled with getting the details finished. Here are some pictures of the progress.

Work on the check out counter continues. Ray created a nice design detail for the corner ledge.

Work on the check out counter continues. Ray created a nice design detail for the corner ledge.

The back door from the second floor now has both stairs and a ramp.

The back door from the second floor now has both stairs and a ramp.

The interior staircase gets the first coat of poly.

The interior staircase gets the first coat of poly.

The Dog Wild sign goes on the front of the building.

The Dog Wild sign goes on the front of the building.

Of Siding and Dry Wall

Siding-in-FrontThe siding on the new store building was finished in February. As you all know, there was a number of days the crew couldn’t work outside due to the extreme cold, but they got it done!

I’m so glad Ray put the first coat of paint on the siding before it went up. It still needs another coat of paint, but even with just one coat it makes it look closer to being finished.

While the outside is starting to look complete, there is still a lot of work to do inside the store. Ray’s been working hard on all the dry wall work. First putting it up, and then mudding and taping and mudding and taping, three coats and then it will be ready for sanding. Ray hates sanding.

Dry-Wall-in-StoreHere’s a couple pictures of the dry wall going into place in the new store. The first photo is of the left side of the store if you are standing at the front door. This is where the dog food section will be. The opening at the back is for the storage room.

Dry-Wall-in-Store-2

The second picture was taken from the front right corner of the store. In this view you can see the register area that will be under the stairs that go up to the upper level.

 

Weather Tight

Work continues on the new Dog Wild store building. In the past few weeks, all the doors and windows have been installed, so the building is weather tight for the winter.

Store-w-Windows

On the inside, all the electrical rough wiring has been complete and all of the insulation has been installed. The inspection is complete, so the next step is covering the ceiling and walls with drywall.

2nd-Fl-Insullation

While we can put the drywall up without heat in the building, we won’t be able to tape and mud anything until we can warm up the space. The good news is that Norton’s is due to come in this week to install the boiler and get everything hooked up.

On the outside of the building, the next step is to install the siding. That will happen when our contractor gets freed up from some other projects, but in the meantime we put one coat of paint on everything to give it a head start. We’ll give it all another coat in the spring when the weather warms up.

Siding-pntd

From the Ground Up

Now we’re getting to the really fun part – the new store building is going up! The walls were fabricated by Quality Construction off-site and delivered, ready to be put together like a big jigsaw puzzle.

Walls Delivered

Ben Inglalls and crew got to work within a couple days the first floor was up and the deck laid for the second floor.

Walls going up

The opening in the deck will be for a staircase that will provide interior access to the second floor.

Opening for 2nd flr

The second delivery from Quality Construction brought the walls for the second floor and the roof joists. With the second floor erected, the framing was complete and the plywood for the roof was put in place.

Second Flr Up

The building structure is a  Zip System® and the seams are covered with Zip Tape, all the latest in modern construction, it’s insulated plywood and made to withstand weather during the construction phase, as well as eliminate the need for house wrap.

Almost done front

Here are some pictures of the almost completed building structure.

Back View

And a picture from across the road. As you can see, the scale is similar to the house. (If you weren’t sure, our financing for the project is through NBT bank.)

From the road

So, the first floor of the new building will become the new retail store location. The second floor will be some storage and will have a room for events or indoor doggie daycare in bad weather. The adjacent house will be remodeled for doggie daycare and overnight care on the first floor, with a caretaker’s apartment on the second floor.