Fit-out progress

Nothing like a bit of before and after to get an understanding of how much work has been done to this iconic old building we'll be calling home. We've set out to revive this 116 year old building, which has meant that every new sheet or beam has had to be installed with the precision of surgery and the feel of a good builder. Nothing in the existing building is straight or square, so every sheet, beam, bolt and nail has had to be measured (or set out) 10 times before they're installed.

It's a good measure to see how much work we've done to date and to see the natural light pouring in, the roof no longer leaking, the echo and climate inside the building become more comfortable and the original timber bones revealed in all their glory.

Upstairs

This upper level is where the majority of our cafe seating will be, but also a dedicated area for workshop members to take a break from wrenching on the lower level. The "take-a-break" space is for those moments when you've hit a wall with your build or something just ain't working out as planned. 

 Upstairs to the old Mitre 10 and Quartly's hardware store

Upstairs to the old Mitre 10 and Quartly's hardware store

 Soon to be our cafe seating area and "time out" space for workshop members.

Soon to be our cafe seating area and "time out" space for workshop members.

Stairs

It could be just us, but the installation of the new steel stairs got us pretty excited. The old timber stairs had run their course and were too narrow and not to modern building codes. We've widened them to make travel up and down the split level easier for staff and patrons, but also allow you to experience space as you ascend. We removed the old false ceiling and fluro lights, and pushed the ceiling right up to the roof and a long skylight for natural light.

 Stairs from the lower level to the upper level in the original building

Stairs from the lower level to the upper level in the original building

 The old stair moved temporarily to make way for the new steel stair and balustrade to be installed. 

The old stair moved temporarily to make way for the new steel stair and balustrade to be installed. 

More importantly, we can finally see a dream we shared with everyone back in 2013 during our crowdfunding campaign finally become a permanent reality.

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Heleana Genaus

Heleana is a force of nature. Our Editor in Chief, the founder of In Venus Veritas and The Petrolette, and a co-founder of Rising Sun Workshop. Heleana shares her love of vintage cars, riding motorcycles, and (not-so-secretly) dreams of flying planes and piloting a riva aquariva (a la Sophia Loren) very fast through the canals of Venice. Supportive and connected, community is her lifeblood, and she is as real as they come.