So recently we’ve undergone some BIG changes here at the shop. Renovations, and just before the Spring show season hustle was about to begin.
What was formerly our warehouse and order desk on the main floor has become the mail room and office for all the website staff. What used to be the mail room/warehouse/storage/website office & more in the basement has become the new storage space and work area for all the precuts, quilt kits and block of the months.
The new arrangement is so much more efficient. Now when shipments arrive they are processed on the ground floor which means fabric no longer needs to be carried down to the basement and back up again. All mail orders are now processed and packaged from the main floor where as it used to be done in the basement and then carried up to the main floor to be shipped out.
Here are some before and after photos of the renovation. Unfortunately I never had the foresight to take pictures of the spaces before the renovation began, but if you are a regular visitor to the shop I’m sure you’ve caught a glimpse of the space on some occasion or another.
In the photos below the walls have been insulated and painted, yay! The space was never originally intended to be used for anything other then storage but evolved over time. So after years of extreme ups and downs in temperature let me tell you what a pleasure it is to have insulated walls. Additionally extra lighting and windows have been installed making it much brighter, and new shelving has been affixed.
While the main floor space was being renovated we could not use that area for three very loooooong weeks. During this time the basement had to serve double duty with the exception of “The Cave”. Somehow as tight as it was we managed in this organized chaos.
Linda’s temporary order desk
Alida’s desk. Yes, there is a desk back there!
Clearly there was no way everything was going to fit into the basement so that is why “The Cave” was introduced. “The Cave” is where we stored all the precuts, battings, quilts etc. that were displaced during the renovation. Without power it was quite dark in there hence it’s nickname. But wow what a feast for the eyes to walk in and watch as the beam of the flashlight meets a wall of jelly rolls!
“The Cave” where many a displaced cotton goody was stored
Here are a few “After” photos of the basement…
Jelly Rolls getting coordinated into their new space
The Layer Cakes are nearly organized
And “After” photos of the office which was formerly the warehouse and order desk…
Almost settled and in full use
Look at all the empty shelf space. That won’t last long lol!
A few furniture tweaks have been made since this photo was taken
The fur babies were not overlooked in the planning of this reno. In the past someone would have to pause countless times in a work day when Scout or Jersey were heard scratching at the door to be let in…or out.
And so the reno came complete with doggie doors for our two little mascots.
It took a week or so to coax them into using the newly installed doggy doors. Eventually they got the hang of it and can now freely roam in and out at their leisure without disturbing the person sitting nearest the door. Unfortunately for them they still need to make the trek down a flight of stairs if they want to join us at lunchtime.
Miss Jersey using the much loved Doggy Door..
Now all that is left is to decorate with quilts!