“It’s about time.”
I don’t have enough apendages to count how many times that phrase has been said to me over the past couple of weeks. What started out as a completely different project in a completely different part of town back in 2017 has morphed into purchasing a building built in 1955, gutting it, and transforming it into our first storefront. It’s been a long journey that involved multiple temporary spaces, a failed execution on a lease due to usage, the purchasing of a vacant lot to build on, plans getting stuck in permitting in Dallas proper, and ultimately landing in Grand Prairie, TX.
It’s fascinating when you remodel an older building, to be honest. We had planned to go through with a new warehouse building, so we were gearing up for everything “new.” The challenges of an older structure lie 100% in the things you cannot see until you’re knee deep in the project and way too far committed in both time and money to back out. Quite frankly, I’m glad it ended up that way to push us to complete what we did. Curious what it looked like before? Well, you asked.
As alluded to previously, it’s about what you don’t see that drives these projects drastically off-budget. It’s not the AC unit that’s clearly in need of repair, or the sump pump that needs maintenance. Nah. It’s the soft spot in the floor near the back that ends up meaning a full subfloor replacement. It’s the realization that you’ve got to somehow get 16′ 2x6s delivered to fix some beams under floor in the front. “Have you ever done this before?” Hell no. It’s the water leak that springs up because well, who knows. Who budgeted to have the entire floor’s electrical completely removed and rewired? Not me, says I. Then there was this magical day we found out that we had to abate asbestos before beginning our remodel, which pushed our timeline significantly. Talk about a gut check. This is what it looked like after we had been successfully “abated.” Still a very dark, dungeonous feel.
Clean as a whistle, huh? Throw in a couple of “during renovation” shots for good measure. We knocked down all walls that didn’t surround bathrooms, installed an 8’x8′ window in the front that was called “one big ass piece of glass” by the manufacturer, and made plans to highlight the gorgeous block walls we found buried behind the old drywall that was removed during abatement.
And finally, our finished product (almost).
We will be opening up as a hot desk coworking space for creatives and renting out for night and weekend studio use as soon as we sort out all of the final finishing touches. Located near the heart of Dallas/Fort Worth in Grand Prairie, we’re positioned right off of I-30 and PGBTP, making it a convenient location for all who visit. If you are interested in renting the space for a workshop or class, studio time or as a hot desk during the week please feel free to submit your info below and we will get in touch as soon as more information is made available.
Thank you to all of our customers who have supported us since we opened in late 2014. It’s been a wild past 5 years and we are looking forward to the next 5.