Enter this new year with a gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams - Avina Celeste
We made it to 2020 and we officially have a (construction) door to the production area! And it dawned on me just now, our oldest son will be graduating High School in 2030 which is only TEN YEARS away! That's crazy to think about. What kind of successes and struggles will we have experienced between now and when he graduates? Whew! Deep thoughts on this Friday afternoon.
I took a break from blogging about the project over the holidays. We soaked in a lot of family fun during the last couple of weeks, but I'm ready for the boys to get back to school so we can get back into our normal routine! A lot has happened in the winery as well! We are closer and closer to getting equipment moved in and juice fermenting.
The floor in the production space has now been poured and our ticking clock has started ticking! Shane brought in some extra hands again to help the second pour go smoothly. Things will start clipping along fairly quickly over the next couple of weeks and I may go back to my weekly updates because things will be changing rather fast.
We brought the boys out to the site over break to run off some energy. They threw a football around and ran a few laps. Oliver wanted to help with something, so we gave him a shovel and he moved some dirt. We made sure he kept it on the outside :)
Once the floor was finally finished, Shane's crew could focus on getting some of the interior framing done. I know it probably doesn't look like anything to you, but soon, it will be bathrooms, both downstairs and upstairs, and the upper level office area and mezzanine.
Once the framing was done, they could start hanging sheet rock. Woooo Whooo! These are pictures of the inside of the tasting room, including a firewall that was installed between the tasting room and production space.
Once the framing was in, Mike Lundebreck could start wiring things in as well. I know it's hard to get excited about wires, but its a sign of how close we are to getting to move in!
And because the floor has cured enough, Shane's crew could start installing the wrap on the ceiling of the production area because...next week our ceiling gets installed! The plastic is black because the ceiling will be black. I realized today it helps "ground" the room a little, so the walls don't seem so tall.
More materials have been arriving in preparation of the coming weeks. Today was the ductwork from Mission Mechanical.
And for those that come here for more than just construction updates, here are a few pictures from our holiday events.
So for the inquiring minds who need to know (including me), next week will we will have a ceiling, then the garage doors can go in, the duct work can be hung, and the insulation can be installed. While all of this is going on, the plumbing and electrical will continue to go in. Toward the end of the month the floor coating in the production space will be applied and a week after that has cured the equipment can start to be moved in!!! THEN, we can call the state inspectors to come in and give us their blessing. Once we have that, the wine making will commence.
Who is excited?!?! (I wish I could add emojis while I type this - I'm an emoji kind of person.)
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I'm Melanie, co-owner of Rolling Forks Vineyards, boy mom & wine lover.