The Railyard Blog

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Millwork

We stopped by the warehouse on Monday, January 15th to oversee the status of our pine floor joists we recently removed. They are being turned into wood flooring for our upstairs lofts. Each plank will be 27′ long and 10″ wide with tongue and groove on the ends so they can interlock together. To get to this completed product, they all have to be milled....

Brackets

We cannot secure the new trusses to the brick wall like the old floor joists were. A new framed wall had to be built inside of the brick wall on which the brackets would be secured.The photo above shows the brick wall with vertical inserts from the old floor joists.

Flooring Removal

All of the 14" pine floor joists have been removed which allows us to start preparing the new interior framing for the bracket install. The brackets will be fastened to the top of the framing, set up vertically, and nailed in. This is going to be where the new trusses will sit, taking the place of the old pine floor joists. Our offsite warehouse (about...

12,000 sq ft means a whole lot of space. This includes an up and a down stairs and multiple rooms with just as many tin ceiling tiles. Pre-demolition, the photos below captured the look of our building. Per the National Parks Service guidelines, we have to keep the historical nature of the building, which means removing EVERY. SINGLE. CEILING TILE. That's a whole lotta tin....

Interior Color Palette

As a registered historical building, we have to abide by the standards of the Texas Historical Society, which includes color choices. Below you will find a color palette hosting several colors we will choose from for stationary objects in the building (walls, mini kitchens, ceilings and floors). So visualize greys, tans,. black and white Bark Peel, Pelican, Pawtucket, Blackened Brown and Lampblack are some of...

Functioning Elevator

What you see here are the pieces to our once functioning, disassembled elevator. You would have stepped into the box you see above, which was attached to two walls in the back left corner of the building. Next, a little gate would enclose you inside the box, and a button on a flexible cord controlled the movements from a huge motor overhead. (pictures below)

Re-purposing. That's the word that comes to mind when you're required to preserve the historic nature of the building. And boy are we gonna do a lot of it. Check out what our building used to look like pre-demo. As long as they are removed with care, they can still be a part in the renovated space. We cannot wait for you too see them!

Upstairs Neighbors

Once the upstairs lofts are complete, the 507 West Main building will be a mixed use space. Residential above, commercial below. With the help of 708 Studios’ architects and the general contractor at Enterprise Contracting Solutions, we are closer to reaching our 2018 goals of adding more living and dining options to Denison, TX. The teams we’ve been working with has created blueprints for upstairs...

Downtown Container Park, Vegas

The Railyard incubator is a restaurant incubator in the budding phases of seeing what becomes of all the right ingredients to start a restaurant: building codes, historical society regulations, copyright applications, and design ideas. This weekend, we put all of this aside to explore, to widen our horizons of truly unique restaurant concepts in a thriving environment. By this, we mean Downtown Container Park, Las...