Small Business start-up, part 2. insulation.

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old storefront

early 1900’s to present

Starting my small business: building out the shop space.

First things first, owning and running a small business is great, freezing and paying huge heating bills while doing it is not nearly so great.

Insulation was practically nonexistent despite the building being over 100 years old and located in extreme northern New York State. There have been small businesses in here for most of the past century, imagine the heating costs!

Here is the Insulation plan (so far.)

Ceilings: Roxul.  This is awesome stuff!  Lowe’s sells it and it’s available in several other locations in my area so the popularity must be increasing. It has great soundproofing, it is highly fire resistant, not damaged by moisture, plus bugs and critters hate it. The back ceiling will be two layers of R-15 and the front area will be a layer of R-23 and a layer of R-15. There are videos online showing installation techniques, they helped a lot!

The first layer of Roxul will go in, then the rough wiring, then the final layer of Roxul.

Walls:  Not sure yet. Most of the storefront has great original painted oak tongue and groove walls, I am investigating blown insulation for those areas. The other option is remove the wood walls, insulate and maybe sheetrock before re-installing. Good thing I am not afraid of a little hard work!

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Original T&G walls

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Original T&G walls showing some crackle

The commercial space has ten foot ceilings so rather than working from a ladder, I bought a rolling scaffold to work from. I am really picky about what tools I buy, this was a solid purchase that has earned its keep over and over.

The original floors are VERY dirty but are mostly intact, the storefront area is still great but there was some water damage in the rear of the building from an old plumbing leak that will require replacement. I don’t think the floors have ever been painted, shellacked, or coated in polyurethane so the work to sand and refinish them will be fairly easy. They are going to be gorgeous!

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original hardwood floors.

How I stay motivated.

I have been poring over my Pinterest board: Commercial Space Inspiration  SO many great ideas on Pinterest!  truly endless inspiration from many creative people. If you don’t have a Pinterest board yet, I encourage you to start one. It is such an easy way to organize ideas.  I am also re-reading a couple of my favorite books on the subject of vintage, junking, and shabby interiors to help keep me motivated as I work.

I am itching to start doing the fun stuff: painting, decorating, displays, inventory and such but I must push myself to complete the important preliminary steps!   If only they were more fun!

Are you dreaming of your own small business or maybe in the middle of making it happen? I would love to hear from you!

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