124 Photos - Oct 27, 2008
Photo: October 24, 2007 and the first day of construction. Backyard cleared of junk, corners staked, dirt contractor hired.Photo: A little late in the season to be building, but we're taking a chance--that's snow on the ground from several days before.Photo: Photo: Loren's house in the background, the thing to the left blocks our views. Painted stripes on the grass outline the digging area. Goodbye to a nice lawn.Photo: Photo: Code requires a 42" deep footer, the original stone footer under the house is down 12 inches and has worked well since 1883.Photo: The view from the Darth Vader view point.Photo: Power guys dropping the power line for the heavy equipment safety.Photo: Photo: We used plastic form material to save on wood and it works great. Concrete had to be pumped to the footers.Photo: Photo: Photo: This method of forming saved considerable time and expense.Photo: Photo: The center column for the main structure required quite a large footer.Photo: Photo: Photo: The "ufer" ground rod now required by code for electrical grounding. Foam forms are fast and provide insulation.Photo: All formed up for the stem wall pours. Each truck load of concrete was a little over $1000.Photo: Loren and Steve working with the concrete pumper guy.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Column is formed from plastic sheeting nailed to 2 2x4s and the wet concrete makes the cylinder.Photo: Loren placing the embed plate for the steel column that will be welded to it later.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Protective wrap applied to the foam blocks, track hoe starting to back fill.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Back fill complete, foam insulation down, then rebar, and hydronic tubing tied off to the rebar. This will be a warm shop.Photo: Loren waiting for the floor pour to start. We are pushing our luck for concrete on Nov 16--way late in the season.Photo: Photo: Where all the lines converge into the space where the boiler will sit.Photo: Photo: Loren working the power screed.Photo: Photo: About finished with the main floor of the print shop, hot tub room next.Photo: All poured and hand troweled.Photo: Loren making floater boards so he can spread his weight on the concrete while finish troweling.Photo: Winter snow is gone, moving the hot tub into position so we can start walls.Photo: Hot tub, what else is needed?Photo: Loren framing up the first wall.Photo: Photo: Good start for part of one day.Photo: Photo: Our neighbor's Jeep, slumbering under a several year old tarp--hard to believe that Albert worked on big Hollywood movies, his first being the Exorcist.Photo: Photo: Photo: And here in June we paused for a while, finishing up 4 Mears Ave.Photo: July saw more work and Alex Brooks watches Loren working on the first floor beam--Alex is a letterpress printer from Lexington, Kentucky.Photo: Photo: August, rain, and the first floor truss joists start being put in place.Photo: Photo: The first of the printing equipment moved out of NA Graphics to its new home. In the foreground is a sorts caster, SP-20, Ludlow, SP-15. Barney, our former office manager helps Loren with the SP-15.Photo: This picture doesn't belong here, but is my new NA Graphics office before the drywall went up.Photo: The Miehle was the most difficult piece of equipment to move out of the basement. Here Loren is using a chain hoist bolted into the concrete above to swing the press onto the special platform he made to pull the press up the stairs.Photo: Chained to the special skid, the press was inched up the runners by a chain hoist. Turning the press at the top of the stairs was especially difficult. Never a shop in a basement again.Photo: Loren, Paul, and Sharon contemplating the work ahead, inch by inch using the chain hoist. It worked, but was painful. Horsing the press around at the top of the stairs was the most difficult of all the work Loren had in moving all this cast iron.Photo: The electrotype collection prior to moving to the new shop.Photo: The Miehle Vertical safely on the trailer for the move down to the house.Photo: The Linotype was moved in under cover rather than being stored outside.Photo: So far so good and the model 31 heads for home.Photo: Miehle vertical and Linotype safely tucked into the new space. The C&P platen that I started out with over 50 years ago is in back of the Linotype.Photo: Monotypes and Elrod waiting for plastic wrap.Photo: Heidelberg heads for the barn.Photo: Second floor framing in late September, top beam put in place by Loren with no help--amazing.Photo: Photo: My friend Terry Barnes showed up for a couple of weeks and helped out. Terry and I knew each other 40 years ago in California and he recently retired from the Union Pacific Railroad.Photo: Loren and Terry preparing truss joists for the roof. Now mid-October.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Clear plastic was a bad choice--moisture from the ground condenses with the sunshine's heat and ends up on the equipment.Photo: Photo: Loren walking with ease on roof putting down the waterproofing. Powerline across the roof gets changed out soon, but this works for a temporary solution.Photo: Exterior sheathing and roofing underlayment happening at the same time.Photo: Photo: Loren putting down the waterproofing. This will get covered later with metal roofing.Photo: At last in March 2010 we got a door installed on the alley side. This came from one of our projects in Telluride and is 2" solid oak--prior to this, no door and we had bears, coyotes, and local cats and dogs checking the shop.Photo: The red door goes on the hot tub room--here is the main pressroom to be with Linotype, C&P, Heidelberg, Miehle Vertical, 2 Vandercoks, Little Giant, 2 Monotypes, Elrod, Ludlow, and tons of type.Photo: Looking towards the alley, stairway to 2nd floor. Wiring, insulation, and drywall to come, just shy of 1000 sq feet each floor. Garage door goes in at far left.Photo: One big room presently--great views of the mountains. I picture my Inland Printer collection being housed up here and the space can serve as a guest room. Ceiling is at 16' at the center beam.Photo: Looking towards the street, future bathroom and small kitchen goes in at far left.Photo: A tarp covered the opening the first winter and now we have an insulated garage door.Photo: We finally got the metal roofing on the new addition in October and November. Here Freddy is fitting in the wall flashing under the eave overhang.Photo: Cold shop at 35F despite the warm sun coming in the windows--working on finishing windows, electrical is being installed, and Loren put up the wall, upper right, that separates the stair to the second floor. Heidelberg, then Miehle Vertical, and under plastic, the SP-15 and a Little Giant.Photo: Dave Seat removing the mechanical quadder from the 31 and replacing it with a Star quadder, fall 2011.Photo: "Dave wrench hands" working on the Star Quadder conversion, the most recent activity in the new shop.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: New concrete, summer 2013Photo: New concrete, September 2013Photo: Siding installed, some trim in place, 1/8/14.Photo: New door to hot tub room.Photo: Corrugated wainscot almost done on south side, Jan 8, 2014Photo: Photo: Snow load on north side.Photo: Photo: Photo: