If you’ve ever restored or customized a car, you know there’s a tipping point where the project just takes off. Plans have been refined and committed to memory, the vision is clear, and the tedious groundwork has been laid. It’s a satisfying time. Every night when you turn out the garage lights, you’ve made real, tangible progress.
In our last installment, we shared a couple architectural renderings. Here’s the latest, showing more of the landscaping and some of the exterior details that will give this building a 1950s gas station feel. Be sure to click the image to see it in full-resolution!
Yep, our barn find is a beehive of activity right now. Everyone involved knows his job and is getting after it with speed and focus. Oh, and it probably doesn’t hurt that Richard Griot is often down there in a hard hat, making sure the details are up to Griot’s Garage standards.
Custom, multi-pane windows are being fitted. These will provide much greater thermal efficiency than the old glass and, trimmed in Griot’s Garage Red, also look pretty slick.
In many parts of the building, windows are being enlarged, or created where none existed before. The offices and public areas will be full of light… essential in our gray, Pacific Northwest winters (and sure to be spectacular in our sunny summers).
We are adding two “clearstory” skylights to the building, in order to provide natural light to rooms with no exterior windows. This is one set, located in the future Indy Cafe (break room and food service area). You can also see the two clearstories on the architectural rendering above.
The next two photos, taken just a week apart, show the great progress being made in the expansive public areas. In the second photo, the area just beyond the first framed wall will house the museum, where visitors can check out historic race cars and other automotive rarities. Beyond the second framed wall, the large Retail Store and Car Care School will make their new homes. Note, too, that the metal beams have received a first coat of Griot’s Garage Red.
The office area in the next photo will take on a distinctive gas station feel. The concrete floor will be raised four inches and radiant-heated. The metal “curb” will be painted Griot’s Garage Red.
Well, that’s the latest! We hope you’re having fun following along with this build as much as we’re enjoying bringing it to you. The new Griot’s Garage will be a place for car guys and gals to gather, and we intend to share it every step of the way. Keep watching for more updates!
Photos courtesy of the Author and Gregory Gulley.