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No more renting, bought a property for our new shop!

Discussion in 'Portfolio Board' started by SightLine, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    As I mentioned on the "show your shop" thread, we bought a property.

    I am dead tired..... couple of pics. One inside the main showroom, another inside the main shop.

    Closed 9 days ago. Been working every minute not at the shop at the new location. Massive amount of cleanup and work to do there. You can sort of see the arch beams which will become part of a new curved front wall of a small room being setup for the Mimaki. The workshop is in progress as well. Already burned through one full tank of propane in the forklift, emptied a 12 yard rollback 4 times, and run nearly 1000 ft of sheilded cat 6. Also at the far left in the main showroom, installed double 36" x 96" doors into the workshop. I am sore from head to toe.

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  2. cdiesel

    cdiesel Very Active Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
  3. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

    Mar 25, 2006
    Mars Florida
    Nice space, congrats!
  4. 401Graphics

    401Graphics Very Active Member

    love the wood paneling look ;)

  5. ForgeInc

    ForgeInc Active Member

    Dec 7, 2010
    Portland, Or
  6. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    doubt I'll get it quite as bada.. cool industrial as yours but I'll try!
  7. CP Signs

    CP Signs Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    Congrats. Lots of room. One day we'll stop renting and buy also. Keep us posted on the progress.
  8. Farmboy

    Farmboy Active Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    Auburn, NY
    Expect the unexpected! Also, get in touch with your local code officer and have then walk through before you get to crazy. Worse thing is being told that you didn't build something to code and have to redo it. Depending on where you are, your electric and plumbing might have to be done by someone who is licensed. Expect all your cost to be at least Doubled! Good Luck.
  9. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    Fortunatley the regulations in the small city we are in allow for the owner of a property to do any work themselves. If we were renting, then we would have to have a licensed contractor to do anything and if we want to use an outside contractor for anything anyways they must be licensed to do business in the city. The inspector does like to come look at work being done though, both while in progress and near completion just to be sure things are being done correct and safe. The place is wired for mad power, 600 AMP service with outlets everywhere, all in metal conduit. I do have to run 3 240v lines though, 2 for the battery backups, and running one to the kitchen so we can put a stove/oven in.

    In total there is about 21,500 sf of space. The main showroom/production building is currently about 2800sf with a back attic area upstairs that is roughed in and wired but still needs ceiling, flooring, and drywall which would add another 1000sf up there. It has 3 air units, two 2.5 ton for the main open showroom and a 4 ton which handles the office area downstairs and upstairs. The attached main shop is about 5000sf, this building is massivley insulated and currently has 3 78,000 btu gas heaters hanging in there as well as a 6 foot exhaust fan, 1 grade level door that is 20ft wide x 15ft high and a loading dock. Then there is a raw warehouse building which is about 9600sf, another long narrow building about 80ft x 18ft, plus a couple of small sheds.

    We also own an ambulance service and will ultimatley be moving the HQ for that over as well. Going to finish out a large part of the warehouse building as office space for that.

    The sheer amount of lumber that was left behind by the old millwork is staggering. Easily 10 tons of it. Probably 30 new doors both interior and exterior, 40 or so new windows, a few hundred screens, 50 or so big custom laminated arch beams, and more.... Thats been the bulks of the work so far is simply moving all the stuff over to the back of the big warehouse building.

    Costs are already adding up though.... needs some roof work which a contractor quoted about 5k. The asphalt needs about 5k worth of work. The exterior of the building needs about 5k worth of work. Not going to tackle the roof myself though. Some things like the asphalt are not critical and can be done later and a bit more slowly once we get moved in and stop the financial hemmoraging.

    Future proofing the network cabling by going with shielded cat 6. Man that stuff is chunky! About as thick as RG6 coax.... Be nice to assure 10g network connections though. Also going to install the 2 servers, the SAN's, all phone and network equipment in a central network closet. The 2 primary design workstations will get direct attached to the SAN via fiber optic cables I still need to run. All computers will currently run on gigabit ethernet through a 24 port switch. The internet access and wireless are controlled through a Cisco SA-520 router which has an active web filtering subscription and nice firewall and VPN abilities to allow remote access and to keep the employees for surfing for things they should not be.... :)

    Also couple more shots. Aerial view and view of the front.

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  10. Sign Up Graphics

    Sign Up Graphics Very Active Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Sign Up Graphics

    Congrats! :thumb:
  11. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
  12. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

    Jun 18, 2004
    Congratulations indeed.
    This looks like a awesome dream storefronts & shops for ya, I can imagine the excitement having 2 on going businesses both require clean space & shop space plus services for each.
    This is just perfect, great place to paint & letter the roofs, instant land mark.
    Ya people are so lucky this day age when dreaming big can really turn big with the right resources available.
  13. SD&F

    SD&F Very Active Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    How exciting....good luck and enjoy
  14. laserman70

    laserman70 Very Active Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    Congrats. Hope you enjoy making it your own.
    Great feeling to own your own shop for sure.
  15. HulkSmash

    HulkSmash Major Contributor

    Sep 10, 2010
    One thing about denver..
    Commercial property like that would be well over $5 mil.
  16. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    Had to move quick on it to make it happen. Just got an appraisal, over 200k more than what we paid! :rock-n-roll:

    Been working my b(g)utt off trying to get it ready to move in on top of keeping the shop going at the current location. Easily doing 16-20 hours days right now. Dead tired, stressed, overwhelmed all the time. Don't cross me right now.... lol.

    Gerber supplies shelf up, Mimaki room in progress... plus a million other things in progress. Couple of crappy cell pics update.

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  17. slipperyfrog

    slipperyfrog Active Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    Las Vegas
    That rocks! A big congrats!
  18. briankb

    briankb Active Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    Congratulations! Love the curved beams. Please keep adding photos as you progress. I can't wait to see the finished layout.
  19. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    No pictures tonight. Took some today but I'm dead tired. I'll post some updated pics in the next couple of days. Did the big move today on all the equipment, computers, servers, etc. So far got the printers powered back up, the 2 big 6000va battery backups in the rack and hooked into their 240v inputs, 32 or so cat6 ports punched down on the patch panel, fiber ran to the 2 desktops that direct attach to the SAN, the 3 SAN shelves in the rack, the Extreme Summit switch racked, etc, etc. Still a lot to do tomorrow. Need to reconfigure DNS for the new static IP,s and get the servers up and running, hook up a dozen desktops, certify a ton more network drops......

    The Mimaki does looks kickass in its own custom room. :) I'll have to make a post on the custom exhaust I did just for its room, it totally removes the rooms entire air volume every 60 seconds. Not sure that I'll have us ready for production by Monday morning though. Probably going to have to push that back a day or two which blows. We have multiple jobs getting backed up already but fortunately the customers are very loyal to us and are being patient and understanding. Was very very nice to be able back a 26' box truck completely inside for unloading!
  20. g&eprinting

    g&eprinting Member

    Jul 21, 2011
    Everett MA

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