Putting down the hardwood

With everything moved off to one side of the building (or downstairs to the storage room and office), we were ready to commence with putting in the floor. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, our goal is to build a store with a Prohibition-era Billings motif, and that meant getting rid of the carpet and putting in real oak floors.

The last of the demolition work involved removing two faux pillars against the southeast wall of the building. Thanks to volunteer John Felton for helping Gwen and I with that project!
The last of the demolition work involved removing two faux pillars against the southeast wall of the building. Thanks to volunteer John Felten for helping Gwen and me with that project!
The installation crew hard at work laying the floor on the northwest side of the building.
The installation crew hard at work laying the floor on the northwest side of the building. Once that side was done, we had to move everything from the unfinished side to the finished side.
The floor approaches the southeast wall; you can see where the fake pillars were. The outline on the floor on the left (against the unpainted wall) is where the staircase will go downstairs. The angled cuts at the far right are going against the new bathroom wall.
The floor approaches the southeast wall; you can see where the fake pillars were. The outline on the floor on the left (against the unpainted wall) is where the staircase will go downstairs. The angled cuts at the far right are going against the new bathroom wall.
Here's how all of the new stuff is coming together. The new floor, the freshly-stained bookshelves, and the freshly-painted walls.
Here’s how all of the new stuff is coming together. The new floor, the freshly-stained bookshelves, and the freshly-painted walls.

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Author: Gary D. Robson

Gary Robson: Author, tea guy, and general manager of the Billings Bookstore Cooperative. I've written books and articles on a zillion different subjects, but everyone knows me for my "Who Pooped in the Park?" books.

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