Published at Saturday, September 29th 2018. by Bettye Harrell in Storage Shed.
This is where the cores used to pull in and get their oil change or get the normal maintenance done. Michael had to pour 14 yards of concrete to cover oil and other fluids spilled from the many cars that had been worked on over the years. The new foundation also sealed old drains and pipes that were no longer needed, and then the real work began so after we actually got the foundation built. We started in on the electrical plumbing Michael, wanted to keep the exposed brick seam throughout this area of the house, but years of exhaust fumes had left a heavy layer of sludge on the walls. I first had to put a stripper compound on it.
I used an angle grinder, I use a sander, but ultimately I had to get a hot pressure washer and just painstakingly go to every brick and knock off some paint here. Some paint there, and probably one of the things that took the longest, and I think this one, my favorite rooms throughout the house. Two other features that remain from the homes. Gas station days are the fully functional garage doors and the metal tire rack. The towel rack was here when I purchased the property I've brought it all the way down and built the cabinet's around that.
Also, we try to keep this gas station themed. So you'll see little trinkets like this throughout the property to preserve the industrial. Look Michael kept. The piping exposed throughout the house used a stainless steel fixtures and installed a heavy-duty double bowl sink in the kitchen. The low wall that used to separate the bays now separates Michael's kitchen from the living room on this side of the room is our sitting area.
As you can see that still have the coke bottle glass, I like the beat-up look of this building. Not everything is perfect, not everything straight lines. It'S all concrete, keeping some broken windows kind of keeping the originality of the building was important to me for Michael, the vintage gas station certainly had plenty of appeal, but it also posed its share of challenges. One of the biggest was converting a separate men's and women's bathrooms, which could only be entered through exterior doors into one family, bathroom accessible from the interior. A 10 inch thick brick wall divided.
The two rooms Michael had to knock through it before he could combine the rooms seal off the exterior doors and add a new sink and shower just outside the bathroom Michael converted. The old supply room into a laundry room, adding a closet and raising the hot water tank to conserve space down from the laundry room is the master bedroom. Originally, this space was outside where the gas pumps were located. Michael enclosed the space to create square footage for the master bedroom, but there was one big complication when it rained hard we'd be about an inch of water in this room. I had that for more concrete in here, which I probably had done from the get-go.
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