Yongjia Road, Documenting the creation!

Update 6, rented out eh, what can ya say? Will be finished in 1 week.

They’re polishing the floors, anybody drop a cigarette now and the whole place will go up in flames :-)

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 Update 5, on the SHPlace front page with it, no time to waste!

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 Update 4, now you can actually tell somebody can live here :-)
 
So, some stuff is already pretty visible and I guess the imagination can take you further now.
The Kitchen is visible, though without the bar yet, and the lights will give it that last touch.
The arched door for the bathroom is done already too and I can tell it will look fabolous. 
The Floor is soundproof and all the water piping, electric wires and gas lines are layed out. At some spots high in the wall you see pipes poking out, thats where the radiators will be.

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The Roof, the Roof is on the floor! (Update 3, read from the bottom up for the whole developement)

So the ceilings’ are gone, the walls are ripped down and the floor is basically no more.
There’ll be a supporting base under the beams, giving it some loft feel.

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Update Number Two November 8th. (the first post from the bottom up)

So, they actually cleaned the place out two days ago, all walls gone, (at least to the most part) and the ceiling exposed. Pipes and wires are out and the real work can begin now.
Sichuan demolition crew has done a great job as you can see.
That’s some left over trash (mainly bricks and wires) that didn’t fit on the truck so to make things easier they just left it here ;-p.
Check it out, the place is pretty clean now isn’t it?  (compared to before)

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And this is the other room that was blocked by the rubble the other day.
It’s pretty spacious as you can see. The Bathroom is still a little blocked out.
You can also see how they cleaned out the ceiling, pretty crazy huh? 
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This thing below was the water case that hanged in the ceiling.
 

These guys are drilling away the wall to free the pipes which we are going to switch with new ones.
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This is the sound damping open celled foam we’ll use in between the floors (for the first floor tenants peace) and the walls near the street (because the place is facing busy yongjia rd) .

You see, the soundwaves will have to travel through the different cells and wholes.
It works because the waves go through lot’s of layers and many different directions before getting out on the other side.

It’s probably one of the easiest ways to dramatically decrease sound/ noise in your house or apartment.
See what it looks like from close up in the picture below.

The next pictures are of the first floor expansion and just some random posing of the workers and I.
Btw, these are our built in closets and storage, they’re all handmade with unprepared wood, it’ll get darkened, and then one will take a razorblade to make it rough, and used. Adds the look of old to something new.
Some people like it really dramatic, in that case, replace razorblade with screwdriver. We’re more conservative :-p 

I guess they don’t have an action plan, stuff takes place randomely, but they’re still very fast. 
There is a plan in Chaos. (what an insight!, feel free to quote!) 

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Btw, we buy most of our stuff at B&Q on Longwu Rd, the shops going to change to discount one though. At least that’s what I heard.
It’s probably not the cheapest place, but pretty close. Low prices, just can’t bargain them lower, I like the way it’s organized, the staff knows their stuff too and you can return things in case you didn’t know what you bought…..
 

We just got the 2nd Floor of this crazy Yongjia Road place on Friday, and started renovating yesterday (well, it’s more like demolition). 

So many of you asked what it’s like when the places are being renovated, I thought I just document the creation process.
How those places  became so special. 

This is the very first step, since the new modern places require more light, we have to get rid of some walls.
This is simply done by getting a demolition squad. This one is a sichuanese one, they’re pretty fast. In about 8 Hours, the living room, kitchen and two bathrooms are already gone.

We’re also expanding the first floor a bit for our current tenant. We’ll get a full update of the whole house at the end of the process.
Actually not sure yet, most likely it’ll become a 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroom space with an open study and open kitchen/ bar area. 

Gallery Comments:
1st Picture : Auyang to a picture while on the phone with ken, aargh. 
Behind me is the wall we just ripped down, they’re throwing the stones down the window on to a truck.
I’m standing in the former living room and the peeps behind me are in the kitchen 

2nd Picture: There actually is another huge room behind the rubble, will divide that into two, a guestroom, and study, both well sized with a big bathroom.

3rd Picture: simple view to the living room.

4th Picture: Standing in front of the original vintage doors, they’ll be completely restored, with the glass replaced (cause broken in some spots) and repainted in white.

5th Picture: This is actually our head worker, great guy, smart, quick and hard working.

6th Picture: The original ceilings are pretty torn down, will rip away the whole thing up to the skeleton and then add new layers inside and outside, but leaving the original beams exposed, they’ll be repainted and will fit in nicely with the places character.

The pictures in between don’t have a lot of interesting stuff but the last one is pretty cool, the worker is carrying a self made helper that is made of a bamboo stick and wires strapped to it. They use it to carry heavy stones, cost price? Probably less than 5 rmb or totally for free if he found the material in some other place.

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