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1510 N 13th St. is a historical property in Boise's Hyde Park district. In 2005 the property owner began an extensive remodel on the original building, but due to the recession and other reasons was never able to finish the project. We worked closely with the owner and City of Boise to help finish the project. When we started on the building in the fall of 2018 the building had either been under construction or abandoned for a total of 13 years.
We chose a high density rubber for flooring. Not only is this material easy to clean, but it's a great surface to work on, or walk on if you're wearing cycling shoes. It also saved over 300 car tires from the landfill.
The basement level has 12 foot ceilings and 9 windows to bring in natural light. All the windows in the basement are a custom size, and some of the windows had been broken over the years. Having them fixed/replaced was one of the first steps of the project. Here we have finished the basement flooring and installed a racking system to eventually hold inventory.
Our shop owner moonlights as a woodworker. Almost all the shop's furniture, counters, benches, bike racks, and more were hand built by the Tri Town staff. Here we're looking at the sliding 'French cleat' bike rack system used throughout the shop.
The bike racks at the shop can be easily adjusted to hold different size wheels/bikes. Our design methodology was versatility, cost effectiveness, and cleanliness of design.
We thought the rubber floors would be easy to install, but like most things, it became obvious that quality work requires experience, thoughtfulness, and skill.
One of the benefits of building your own counters is you can build to fit your available space. Here the sale's floor counter is almost complete. Made of plywood with a walnut edge.
The end-grain of plywood can be beautiful if cut and sanded carefully. Here we used a plywood end-grain inlay to add a degree of visual continuation down the length of the countertop.
The main floor soon soon after we finished painting the walls. The 'silver mine' gray contrasts well with the white trim and raw wood tones.
The service bay counter was one of the first pieces of furniture we built. Built of plywood with a walnut edge, this counter will allow 2 mechanics to work on the floor and interact with clients. 4 more mechanics will be able to work in the more private service bay located behind this counter.
The service bay was originally designed to be a kitchen. Those plans fell through back in 2008, but the service bay was the perfect place to store our tools and rip lumber.
When we started working on the property in August of 2018 the first thing we did is begin building a service bay counter.
The breezeway and some of the siding was never finished, and one of our first projects was to complete the breezeway's electrical and insulation, and finish it with cedar tongue and groove boards.
One of the first jobs we tackled on the building was cleaning up the ceiling and painting the walls. The original plan was for the property to have a drop ceiling to hide the electrical, but we like the tall ceilings and wanted to keep it as open as possible. Painting the ceiling an even white was more work than we could have imagined, but when finished was worth it.