Victorian Workshop from Scratch
Well have you ever considered what your dream workshop would consist of? Of course we all have.
Well four weeks ago my wife (Shirley) shows me a picture of an old Victorian Building. My jaw dropped it was my type of building. I said is that in case we win the Lottery, we laugh but she has that look in her eye (you know the one “I’ve nearly tamed you therefore I can do anything look”. She then suggests that we could go out to lunch at the Holy Bush, a local restaurant on the outskirts of Holy bush village in Ayrshire. While were out says she we could go past that Victorian House. That was not a request, in the forces we called it an order. So on goes the Satnav and were heading out on the Dalmellington Road and passing by the Holybush restaurant, not a murmur. So we arrive at the Dunaskin Heritage Centre. It is an Historical Monument with it’s own full size steam engines. I happen to love steam; I have a fully working scale model steam engine in my living room. Well where else should I keep it? LoL Yes, I have said it before an Angel for sure. I wander! So we draw up to this massive Victorian Stone building with a Slate roof. The style is classic Victorian Industrial architecture, it is an old works offices. In fact they were the offices of “The Dalmellington Iron Company”. 1848 – 1921, my jaw was fully dropped, not only was it beautiful architecturally but it was huge. I mean enormous huge.
In the photo it looks like a normal wee hoose. If you look at the door that is ten foot tall.
So we head back towards the Restaurant she decides against lunch, seriously where is the real wife? This woman even turns down picking up a KFC. She now wants all the facts and figures.
So we are able to get a viewing on the Monday. Shirley agrees to going in my van rather than the car. At least I think it is her as my real wife prefers travelling by car.
The size is 20×30ft and an eleven foot ceiling.. Now I turn left into the sitting room or “Parlour” it is all been left in the 1800’s décor even an old carpet. A cast Iron fireplace with ornate ceramic tiles. It has a huge Bay Window. They still have all the closing full height internal Shutters.
I go into the entrance hall. It is big, I know Lilredweldingrod my buddy fae Texas Rand is probably going to think it quite small as far a Texas sizes. But Rand that is why your forefathers crossed the pond. To build big.
You can see that they a brown gloss paint. I think they will strip and come up nice with just wax. I know that traditionally they would also have been painted, but If I remove the paint and put oil & wax into them they will last longer and easier to maintain.
I wander! From the bay window you are looking out towards the remote rural valley of the Doon, once revered by Robert Burns when he wrote the lines “Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonny Doon” was transformed in a matter of a few years into a busy industrial complex by the foresight, ingenuity and business flair of the Houldsworth family.
So now I go into the Shrine Room, 36×22ft now that is big, this picture shows you the windows and the next one show the door into my Shop.
This view shows these scars still in the land, yet if blends in with this rural rustic charm o’ the River Doon. This room is 24×22ft, It would look great with Greene & Greene furniture. (What do you mean they did not export to Scotland, It could have been sent back with one Lilredweldingrod of Rand’s family in Texas??). What do you think? May be to new for G&G?
So now I’m in my new Dream Shop. It has two huge windows, it is a heavy T&G floor with industrial carpet tiles. My brain has gone haywire. You would need an Enigma Machine to decode my thoughts. Ok size matters in a Shop, so what have I got. Now it is a wee bit of a maze.
This picture shows the two storey building I’m in. It is part of the house, no more chiselling ice off the locks to get in if the snow is not to deep, then trying to get the shop temp above -9 deg. Go to the shop in my slippers with the newspaper and a cuppa Tea. Go through LJ’s projects say hi to buddies. I wander! So this room is 24×24ft not bad? Now I’m into the finishing room 12×24ft could work, now my office 12×9ft breath in, boiler room 9×9ft ideal for compressor. Breathe in more A toilet with basin, to small for a wheelchair. A a wee tea room wi a sink. A space with 12×12ft with passage leading out to the shop entrance. And here is a treat 20×5ft passage. The ideal place for my wall mounted panel saw. So this gives me a ground floor shop of 1200ft2 and 1200ft square offices stores and dispatch upstairs. Oops! I cant get up there. So I cant do any paperwork, what a pity so sad. LoL Ok so a description of upstairs will come later. When I translate Shirley’s 3million word description down to a couple of paragraphs. Be patient It may take a while.
So we continue the tour. There is a centre garden cloistered with a walk all round, a couple of windows have been sealed up (dam window tax, they started taxing the Scots by how many windows they had, so us canny Scots bricked up the windows and those were the dark ages. LoL). Still they can be opened up later. Now I’ve found a disabled toilet (handicapped is rude in the UK) with baby changing facilities, now a Gents toilet, wow! Three urinals, three stalls and 3 basins and it has an opaque glass roof. Now there is a Ladies, ok Shirley is with me. Nice, bright also with opaque glass room, three stalls three basins. Something missing. I’m not slow. No Urinals I announce to the Sales Person. My darling wife draws me a look, you know the one “I’ve never been so embarrassed in my in my life look”.
Boy I know that look.
I had to see a consultant last year and Shirley wants to come with, you know “mummies wittle boy”. You will not ask the right questions, you will…............ you get it. So I go into the Consultants room and Shirley follows on (uninvited) so I say to the Consultant, “I hope that you don’t mind my wife coming with? But she has a Dementia and I’m scared she may wander.
NOW! The look I got then….............................. It is a wee joke with us as Shirley Specialises in Geriatric Mental health and is doing her Masters in Dementia. Ok, it took her a wee while to forget that one, weeks of odd looks. I think I may have wandered. It seems that there will never be a queue for the bathroom in our hoose. So I’ve found another courtyard, this backs onto the shop. Now this might make a better area for the compressor, dust extraction and I could put up a fair sized cyclone. It is also ideal for gas & paint store.. It is getting better every minute.
Now I’ve found a kitchen, 12×24ft, bare room. A pantry and scullery are behind this 10×24ft. Now there is a dinning room 24×50ft, could get a few LJ’s in for Lunch Dave and Buddy, no cat doors, however there are a couple of 150’ Victorian chimneys, sure beat a fire hydrant for Buddy. Next room is a Master Bedroom that is a nice 24×20ft. Ok for me I’ve died and gone to heaven. So we bid the Sales person a fond farewell and sit in the car looking at each other both jaws fully dropped. We want it, but how are we going to fund it? Can we afford it even?
-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe