We're been working like mad through the spring and summer (sorry for the lack of updates but working on 10 Horse has been a priority)! The building is completely closed in and we've stepped work up on finishing the exterior.
Project manager Justin Barros has been overseeing all this exterior work which happens in several stages. First the entire building was wrapped with a weatherproof membrane.
After the membrane has been applied, the original siding of the building is nailed back into position. It's a good thing we kept all the old siding (and we saved some money, too)!
Since the building will be painted it needed to be primed. And since it's going to be red, the primer needs to be grey. It's would take too many coats of red paint to cover up white primer.
Primer going on the back side of 10 horse!
But what color red?! Since there are a million "barn red" paint colors (and I could have spent days trying to decide which one!) we quickly narrow it down to three candidates and painted each one onto a large board and just laid the boards next to the building.
Many passerby thought we were painting the building the grey color and politely said it looked nice. The relief on their faces was obvious when we told them, no, 10 Horse would be red!
It appears we made a good choice in color!
Most likely you won't want to know why farm buildings are traditionally red in color (if you're squeamish, don't read on). Historically paint was an expensive luxury so farmers saved the blood from their slaughtered pigs to coat accessory buildings. Yikes!
The Door to Nowhere! Just kidding, enthusiasm has been so high for 10 Horse we've decided to begin framing in the upstairs to hold four more artist's studios as well as classroom space. This door to nowhere will be the entrance to the second level but we had to temporarily remove the exterior staircase and landing to get the siding back up!
If you, or someone you know, is interested in studio space at 10 Horse please e-mail us ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your continued encouragement and support!