Every now and then we find ourselves on a commercial project, and for a good portion of the summer we were holed up in Maplewood, GC'ing a commercial build-out/renovation for a business owner that's expanding their operation.
The client, Amber Sky (that's the name of a business, not a person), had decided to lease the space next to what they were already leasing when that space was vacated by its tenant. What is Amber Sky, you might be asking yourself? Well, it's a portrait photography studio, a studio for local student and pro photographers, and a baby boutique that offers salon services, classes, groups and all kinds of resources for parents. If you need pictures taken, hairs cut, makeup done, baby stuff, information on essential oils, you name it...somebody there can help.
Anyways, the building in the above picture is Amber Sky's home, a couple blocks south of downtown Maplewood. Before the expansion, they basically occupied the left half of the first floor. Expansion saw them take over the right half as well, with the newly acquired territory becoming - this is what we GC'd up until it was time to paint (then the business owners leasing space from Amber Sky took over) - an event space that is rentable for birthday parties and whatnot, a chiropractor's office (Transcendence Family Institute), a nutrition and wellness consultant's office (All Out Nutrition & Wellness), a lactation consultant's office (Sweet Pea Breastfeeding Support) and what comprised the bulk of our efforts, the new home of a group of massage therapists (Sole Shine Barefoot Massage Therapy).
While some of the work we did was fairly pedestrian - take down a wall here and there, build a wall here and there, open up a closed doorway, close up an open doorway, have the electricians come in and move some lights and switches to new locations, etc. - getting the massage therapy side of the operation built was a laborious endeavor. In the cavernous, empty space shown below...
...we had to construct 2 relatively soundproof rooms that would maximize the usable space for the massage therapists while navigating the complications of construction within 1, a building that was built in 1917 and 2, a building that had been remodeled a number of times over the years.
We also did some work converting a relatively unused utility space into an office, as well installing doors in original door jams that were missing the original doors, a painstaking process to say the least. Tracking down a set of matching vintage doors wasn't too complicated, but cleaning the doors up and bringing them back to life, and then getting them hung, was very much like fitting square pegs in round holes. Regardless, we finally got the job wrapped up a few weeks ago and what had been a relatively vacant space is now home to an expanded Amber Sky and 4 additional businesses.