Strip out is finished! The guys got on site at 8am on Wednesday morning and by the time we'd got there at 9am, they'd already filled a flat bed truck up with bits of office. Not only had they demolished 50% of 6-8 South College Street in an hour, but the fire brigade had already been round and turfed all the students out who live above us after they set off the fire alarm, and the University security team had paid a visit after they set off the intruder alarm! Quite the eventful start. [nggallery id=9]
The rather intense start continued into the day as the rest of the walls swiftly came down. Come Wednesday evening, we were starting to see just how interesting all the wall finishes that had been hidden away are. There is much more stone and brick than we thought there was going to be, which is really exciting. We love stone and brick.
By midday on Friday they were finished, and this is what we found:
No.6 which will be the main entrance and bar area is very light due to the large plate glass window. On the right as you walk in, the wall is covered with a mixture of old horse hair plaster and cement and looks really unusual. We plan to put two large windows in this wall, but now we need to decide the best way to finish it.
As you walk through into no.7, you're faced with five contrasting wall finishes. The west facing front wall is engineering brick and black plaster (with line paint?!), the front is old stone and plaster surrounding the windows, the east facing front wall is gorgeous old brick bisected by timber joists. In the rear of no.7 we have tongue and groove on one side, and more lovely old brick on the other side.
No.8 is really eccentric. The west facing wall has a purple cornice, part of the stone is painted pink, part is painted gold, and there's a large panel of old grey plaster stuck on too!
There's lots there to work with though, and we think once the stone is cleaned up, and sealed, it will look amazing. We're really excited to start working on the unit in a week. More posts to come on our interior design, but this is our canvas! Check out more photos on our Flickr page and let us know what you think in the comments.