Things keep happening at the winery while we navigate sick kids at home. We've had the stomach flu and now ear infections, but hopefully we are on the mend finally!
A lot has happened since my last update at the winery! I was hoping to write this on Friday, but we had a crazy weekend of family things going on, it just didn't happen.
Shane and his crew finished up installing the ceiling and sheet rock on the 3rd level and stairwell, Mission Mechanical continued with the plumbing and HVAC, and Mike Lundebrek was out all week wiring and installing boxes.
The newest contractor to the project was added last week to install the floor coating in the production space. John Boeckner and his crew from Creative Coatings out of Cyrus, MN were out most of last week working on the floor. One thing that was important to Joe was that he didn't want the floor to fill with wine stains. We know its probably inevitable, but we wanted to mitigate it as much as possible. So we worked with John to pick out a system that should help keep the stains at bay. John did up some samples for us that we tested this past fall when we were going through harvest. We let the juice sit on the sample for several days and there was no staining!
For the flooring geeks out there, the system we selected is a combination floor. There's base coat of cement urethane, then a couple layers of ground quartz that were broadcast, then finally a couple of coats of clear polyaspartic to seal it in. The quartz will also provide some traction to help keep the floor from being too slippery when it gets wet.
Today they are finishing up and cutting the lines and filling in with an epoxy filler - which means move in day is coming very soon and my snow ornaments in the yard can finally go to their home!
It was a really large floor area for them to work with, making sure the coloring and layers were consistent, but we are very pleased with how it turned out!
Watch for a post on Facebook later this week of the time-laps video of their work. The sample that Joe showed me is pretty neat to see!
Joe also decided to take on a project of his own! He, his brother Jake, and right hand man Darrien worked on tiling the utility room and a closet before the mechanicals get moved in. He got a STEAL of a deal on some tile and it was hard to pass up. They need to install the grout and then it will be done!
It looks like this week we will get the roof steel put on and we will start moving in the catwalk and tanks! I'm so excited for the next update!
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I'm Melanie, co-owner of Rolling Forks Vineyards, boy mom & wine lover.