Dramatic Developments

What a month it has been! We installed insulation, tried to do sheetrock ourselves (before hiring somebody who knew what they were doing), got the walls painted, the electricians installed plugs and switches and turned on the power! The interiors needs some trim work and cleaning, but they’re 95% complete and they look great. For…

Only one studio left

We have two of the studios rented — we’ll introduce the new artists soon. Since we need one for Thedra’s studio/classroom, that means we only have one more available. If you’re interested, here’s the scoop. Electrical inspector is there today. Hopefully we’ll be able to insulate and start on sheetrock this week. Getting very close!

So many designers

We are very excited that one of instructor Rex Spencer’s classes from the Art Institute of Houston will be using Independence Art Studios as a four-week long case study project. Each student will work up a complete package for our little bit of nirvana, from site plan to interior finishes. About 20 students toured the…

Things Move Fast

The framers are really moving things along and I’m feeling a little dizzy from the speed of it. Part of the disorientation is that I’m not actually doing the work, so I feel a little detached. The other big part is that, because I don’t know what I’m doing, when I’m doing the work it…

Concrete

I’m not entirely new to sacks of concrete, but I have waaaaay miscalculated today. My guess is 3 small sacks per hole. I get a U-Haul, rent a mixer, bring it all home and go through 14 sacks for each of my first two holes. Back to Lowe’s, take a ribbing from the forklift guy…

Managing Contractors

No matter how professional contractors are, I learn today that it is always best to be on-site while they’re working. The first problem arises when the framers confuse our project with something professional and go and make the deck level. I haven’t found anything on our property that is level or has a 90 degree…