Unfortunately, although I had hoped the floor would be ready to do some small classes next week, at my usual Monday and Wednesday morning times, things have been turned a little upside down at the centre this week. Floor decisions that we had thought we were happy about, it turned out we were not, so there has been a big job this week to amend that (basically we decided to take up all of the new floorboards and replace them with reclaimed floorboards - something we had been advised to do before the sanding work began. We realised the error of our decision to not do this, but luckily it was not too late to do something about it.
As well as having to rip up lots of freshly placed boards, this has also meant digging out two long concrete slabs, one from each studio. Hard work for our guys at Floor Sand Solutions and a lot more expense for us. But well worth it in the long run. The floor is looking far more unified now.
Other big and unexpected decisions included being told that the studios were under-heated and that we will need to replace most of the radiators in both studios. This cost had definitely not been in the original start-up budget! But there is no way we are risking people being cold come the winter time, so that job is happening this week coming.
The third big and off-budget decision is to have all of the lighting wiring placed above the ceiling and to not have trunking all over the place. This had never even occured to me whilst calculating the budget for the electrics all those months ago!
So this all means that there will be no classes this coming week. My apologies to those wanting to get back into their practice after the summer. I promise it will be worth the wait. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I can start runing at least a couple of classes...
On the plus side, all of the walls have now been fully erected, and with a few more electrical bits to do, we are almost ready for the plastering. Following this it will be time for painting and decorating.
I have been working really hard on the timetable and I am very pleased to announce that it is now available for viewing on the updated website. There are still more classes to add, so don't panic if you don't see a class at the time you had hoped, or if you don't see a style you had wanted to try. There is more to come. The Teachers page has also been updated, so do have a read about some of our fantastic teachers. You can also have a glimpse of our timetable for the opening weekend - free taster classes for the whole weekend!
Free herbal tea too :)
It is really rather special to see this idea manifesting into reality. What started as a sankalpa - a seed, a desire, a resolve - is unfolding into something I can touch and feel, something I can now share with others. From putting together the timetable, to project managing the builders, electricians, plumbers, sanders and plasterers, I am struck daily by how special this all this.
I feel very lucky.
Me, sitting on our new sofa, in the middle of a building site (my husband acquired it off ebay for £140 - it is a John Lewis vintage. The kids think it's hideous but Paul and I think we can make it work. And it is sooooooo comfy).