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.
Ben Inglalls and crew got to work within a couple days the first floor was up and the deck laid for the second floor.
The opening in the deck will be for a staircase that will provide interior access to the second floor.
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.
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.
Here are some pictures of the almost completed building structure.
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.)
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.
At Dog Wild Canine Supply we love dogs (and cats too)! So we have a dream of taking our store and expanding to our own piece of property where we can have not only a store, but also a place for doggie daycare and over-night care.
The opportunity came when the house and property next to our current store came up for sale. We made an offer and it was accepted. Actually getting to the closing date took a long eight months, but we got there in July of 2012. The house was in rough shape and the property needed to be developed, but we had a start.
While Ray started working nights and weekends to gut the inside of the house back to the studs, Dana developed the business plan. Together we gathered quotes from contractors and took the proposal to the bank at the beginning of April 2013. A friend put together this artist rendering to give everyone a visual of where we wanted to go.
April to August has been satisfying the needs of the bank and particularly the SBA in order to get the funding we need to make our dream into a reality. Finally we are moving forward with the ability to bring in contractors and get started on the big pieces! Trees are coming down, and a big one – the worn out garage is coming down!
Fred Fields, our site-work contractor, brought in his big equipment and made short work of the ugly pink garage. What had been a building was soon a pile of rubble. After two days and six truck loads hauled to the dump, the garage was gone and the space was opened up.
Going forward from here, we hope to see activity and progress every week as we move toward the construction of the new store building, renovation of the house, and the installation of a large amount of fencing.
More blog entries and pictures to come as we share our progress toward the best dog and cat place in Cooperstown!