Wednesday, July 10, 2013

It’s Done! Really!

The other building I had to tend to on my trip was our Fairview, TX building. I went down there in April with my colleague Bri for a day and a half, because we were told it’d be ready by then.

It was not. It was a mess of contractors, grouting tile, touching up paint, installing doors! It was a mess.  We went down for Monday – Tuesday and our first event was that Friday. It was insane. Par for the course really. So we couldn’t place any furniture or stage anything at all, so we hung artwork. Amid construction dust and careless subcontractors we dared to put up our art.

But it was all we could do. Luckily, Fairview and Richardson are like 15 minutes away from each other, so this trip I was able to go back to Fairview, add some finishing touches and see it clean and polished. It’s such a different feel but it’s the exact same floorplan. That’s one part I love about my job. The shell is the same each time (relatively), but we can achieve several different ambiances through what we put inside. Lighting, finishes, mouldings, furniture, and artwork change EVERYTHING.

Bri was mostly responsible for the finish selection in this one, as I was on maternity leave at the time, and she did a stunning job as always. I was there to help with lighting, furniture, art and everything else. I was so grateful she was able to come with me to help out. So here it is, same building – different feel.

Reception Lobby






Game Room



Ceremony Room

ShowDBfile (2)

Bride’s Room



Main Hall

ShowDBfile (1)

Back Lobby



It’s not often I get to go and see each building ALL the way done, so I was super excited to get the chance to do that this time. Every time is different and exciting and stressful, but we always manage to pull it together eventually.

K I’m done with Noah’s posts. Like I said, this is mostly a record for me to keep. I hope you enjoy the pretty pictures if nothing else!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

It’s Done! Mostly…

So this last week was insane, and if you’re friends with me on FB, you’ve already seen some of the pictures, but I kind of wanted to add them here too, along with my own personal narrative of everything that went wrong.

So much, guys. So much.

For example, I show up Monday morning and there’s no sink in our game room. The sink we specified is discontinued. I have to find one NOW. I find one that’s available in Utah; problem is, I’m in Texas. So we call one of our Noah’s employees and ask him to go get one, and rush ship it. He calls an hour later and says it’ll be here Wednesday. Check.

Tuesday, they’re putting up the acoustical panels. Wait…guys…they’re ALL the wrong size! ALL OF THEM! The trim carpenters had already trimmed out where they should go, but not one of them was the correct size. Most of them we could re-trim out. Four of them were ridiculously too big. So I dig in. I tear back the fabric, re-measure, re-mark them, and take them to our contractor with a table saw. He cuts them down, I cut the fabric, re-adhere them, and stick them up. Hallelujah! They fit! Check.

Wednesday morning comes with the sink. The ridiculously DIFFERENT FROM IT’S PICTURE sink. It doesn’t even have a prayer of fitting into our base. I talk to the contractor and we decide to throw a countertop on with an undermount, if we can get it done by our first wedding in two days. By some MIRACLE the stone guy says he can do it Friday morning. 4 hours before the first wedding.

Those were the big ones. Installs are always crazy because each day  lasts like 12-14 hours and you’re going non-stop. We also had to run to the other building in the area to finish it off, since I was so rushed last time. So between trips to Pier 1, Home Depot, and Target (don’t judge) we finally were able to finish off my baby. And I couldn’t be happier. So drumroll….here she is (LOTS of pics, bear with me):

Reception Lobby




Game Room


Ceremony Room


Bride’s Room



Back Lobby (ignore the random guy…and the roll on the floor…Hey I said it was MOSTLY done)


Main Hall – Reception Room (after the wedding, I think…)




Sigh of relief.

The good news is, we’ve gotten rave reviews so far. Which makes me so happy. I love knowing that the space is being enjoyed and used by people on one of the most special days of their lives.

Cue the warm fuzzies.

And the exhaustion. I’m still recuperating. Now on to Noah’s #8!

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