Images of the outside of the store. The second photo looks pretty close to the rendered concept. The back of the store is still bare because a walk in cooler is going to be placed on the slab of concrete. The roof on the back (kitchen) is also not completed because the hood duct work needs to be installed. The work is scheduled for February and contracted to Nevtec out of Newport VT. We are trying to keep all of the work contract work local to VT. New steel beams waiting to be installed to support the upper structure before the framing can begin. After installation the rooms upstairs are framed out. You can see the beams below the ceiling. Quite a trick to get those heavy pieces of steel in place considering they are the width of the building. (1) The kitchen concrete slab before being carved up for plumbing. (2) Some of the duct that was fabricated by Nevtec and dropped off for the installation in February. (3) & (4) The plumbing for the drains being installed throughout the kitchen area. (1) During the digging of the front area of the store to lay the foundation columns for the front porch, the front foundation built from stonework by hand collapsed into the store. You can see the gaping hole which was about 12 ft across. A new foundation was poured to lay a new "reinforced" wall in place of the existing wall. Some of the issues that you have to contend with when dealing with older buildings. (2) The new wall installed and the entire basement insulated with a 3 inch thick hard foam (white) insulation that will make the building more energy efficient. (3) A view from the corner of the front porch looking down RT12. (4) Inside the store where the beverage cooler will be (gravel area) that was the space between the old and addition added to the building. See photos from previous photo post. Photos from inside the store showing the new posts and beams. They are wrapped up with foam to protect the first layer of finishing on them. The timber came from the Northwest and took a month to ship across country. The crew working on the store. (L-R) Pete Merchant, Cris Buckels, Mike Doney, Matt Ritzer, Andy Ritzer, Bruce Smith. Great job guys!
A rare picture circa 1900 of the Falls General Store/Post Office sent to us recently by Kay Schlueter of the Northfield Historal Society. It is a wonderfully clear image given the time it was taken. A picture I took on Jan 14 of the front of the store with the siding on the building almost finished. The top portion above the porch is being left bare to accommodate the front sign structure. Once it's installed the siding can be finished. I think Mr. and Mrs. Cross would be proud! Thank you Kay for the wonderful picture of the store!