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To sleep, perchance to dream

March 29, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

So we ordered the headboards for the beds last night.  Trying to be clever we said we would only show them if we got 40 likes for the post.  Well, we got 30 and I’m a sucker.

Thought it might be nice to show you here, too.  So check it out:

headboard

It’s tufted leather to give the rooms a slightly masculine feel.  Bedding will be all white.  Clean, simple and elegant.

The sexy and the not-so-sexy

March 27, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Concrete being poured for the elevator "pit"

Concrete being poured for the elevator “pit”

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Sheetrock walls going up in the 3rd Floor Guest Bathrooms.

 

More “stuff” going in..

Concrete was poured for the foundation for the elevator “pit” and the bathroom walls were being installed yesterday.  The elevator itself is being delivered next week.  Monday morning the bathroom floor tiles are being delivered, as well.

All the guest bedroom window treatment were ordered today.  Wonder what fabric we’ve chosen?  Check out The Barlow’s Facebook page.

In addition we’ve selected the air conditioning/heating system that will begin being installed next week.

So much still to do, but still a lot getting done!

What a difference a week makes

March 23, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

As you may (or may not) know – we took a week’s vacation to spend time with friends and family at our vacation rental villa (www.enchantedvillacr.com) in Costa Rica.  Before we left we tried to dot all of our “i’s” and cross all of our “t’s”, with instructions to our General Contractor that we were only to be contacted in case of emergency.  Our thinking being that this was the last break before the “homestretch” and there really was nothing we were needed for during the week we had planned.

We didn’t get one email, phone call or text the entire time.

When we returned we dashed over to the Hotel and were THRILLED with the amount of progress that had been made during our absence!

  • The “rough-ins” for the 3rd Floor bathrooms were completed (meaning the bathrooms are now ready for the fittings (sinks, faucets, showers, etc.) and the floors in the bathrooms are almost ready for tiling;
  • Hot and cold water lines were run to the 2nd and 1st floor bathrooms in preparation for “roughing in” next week;
  • Guest room fireplaces began to be installed as well as the framing out of the large fireplace in the Lobby;
  • Almost all of the electrical was completed with the exception of some work on the 1st Floor;
  • The “pit” for the elevator was dug out and will be finished next week, ready for the installation of the elevator unit itself;
  • The basement dig out continued and should be ready for the new floor within the next two weeks.

Check out some of the progress photo’s below:

Soaking tub in one of our King Suite bathrooms ready for the bath fixtures.

Soaking tub in one of our King Suite bathrooms ready for the bathtub fixtures. 

 

Hot/cold water lines ready for "roughing in" on the 2nd Floor.

Hot/cold water lines ready for “roughing in” on the 2nd Floor.

Fireplace for the Lobby awaiting installation.

Fireplace for the Lobby awaiting installation.

Fireplace installed in one of the Guest Rooms.

Fireplace installed in one of the Guest Rooms.

It’s electric!

March 13, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

WiringSo this past Monday the electricians started, and if all goes according to plan the third floor will be ready for inspection next week.  Which means we can have the electrical done by the beginning of April, giving us over a month to sheetrock, paint, carpet, tile and furnish the hotel.

While it kind of looks like a mess, the electricians label each wire so they know what light goes to which switch (say that 10 times fast!).  All of the light fixtures have been delivered, so as each room is finished being “closed up” the lights and outlets can be installed.

This isn’t to minimize the work the plumbers are doing.  Most of the “outbound” plumbing is done – meaning the drains and waste lines.  The next step is pulling the tubing for the hot and cold water supplies for the sinks, showers and toilets.  That is all moving along very quickly as well.

Guest room door hung, but unpainted

Guest room door hung, but unpainted

In addition the first guest room door was hung.  They are very heavy (for soundproofing purposes) so we’ve added a spring hinge to help open and close them.

Next week we begin laying Durock in the third floor bathroom floors, which is a precursor to laying the floor tiles!  So then then “sexy stuff” starts.

Wiring

But until then, power to the people!

 

 

 

 

“Going up”!

February 23, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

That could stand for a lot of things that happened at the hotel this week.

Sprinkler water lines installed above the ceilings

Sprinkler water lines installed above the ceilings

Basement digout - future home of the gym

Basement digout – future home of the gym

Basement wall - future home of the laundry room

Basement wall – future home of the laundry room

Elevator shaft walls on the second floor

Elevator shaft walls on the second floor

Looking up the elevator shaft from the first to the third floor.

Looking up the elevator shaft from the first to the third fl

The Barlow in transition

February 15, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Frosted glass panels lend a modern touch to the guest bathroom pocket doors.

Frosted glass panels lend a modern touch to the guest bathroom pocket doors.

As we enter the second half of February we are seeing a lot of really great

Wall mounted sinks are stacked in the Lobby, waiting to be installed

Wall mounted sinks are stacked in the Lobby, waiting to be installed

progress and positive forward momentum.  While there are structural issues in the basement, the remaining three floors continue to take shape.  This week has seen the ceilings in the bathrooms lowered to prepare for all of the plumbing work that will follow subsequently.  In addition the electrical plans have been completed and reflected ceiling plans can now be drawn to layout the location of all of the recessed lighting throughout the property.

The carpeting for the guest rooms and hallways has been selected, as well.  The guest rooms will feature a dark tan Berber and the hallways will be carpeted with a deep green textured runner to allow some of the wood flooring to show on either side.  Both carpets will be padded which will ensure both sound insulation and comfort-ability.

Guest bathroom shower panels still in boxes.

Guest bathroom shower panels still in boxes.

Not yet painted the guest room doors feature raised panels.

Not yet painted the guest room doors feature raised panels.

Finally deliveries have been arriving in preparation for some of next week’s projects.  The pocket doors for the guest bathrooms will be installed as well as the primary guest room doors.  We are also ready for the second phase of the bathroom fitting out – the wall mounted sinks, spa shower panels and bathtubs are all awaiting installation.

So good news all around!

We have a winner

January 31, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

The devil is in the details.

img_aromatherapyFor us, one of the most important details we’ve had to decide is the bathroom amenities we will be providing guests of The Barlow.  What was there to consider?  It’s just shampoo and soap, right?  Wrong.  The amenities a hotel provides guests says a lot about the hotel, how the hotel views their guests, and the values the hotel seeks to uphold.  So we’ve put a lot of thought (and taken many showers) in order to select Lather’s “Aromatherapy” Collection.

First, the collection should be upscale without being pretentious and the brand should reflect the hotel’s image.  The Aromatherapy line carries the Lather brand which was started in 1999 and is focused on formulations using natural oils, extracts and agents as well as food-grade naturally derived glycerin.  Packing is clean and simple, updated without being overly contemporary.  For more information click the link above.

Secondly, we believe guests of The Barlow expect amenities that are naturally fragranced and environmentally friendly.  Each product in the collection from the hair wash to the exfoliating body bar combines wonderful cleansing with natural, unisex aromatherapy essences to give each guest a spa-like experience each time they step into the shower.

Finally, we strongly believe in protecting our environment.  Soaps are packaged in recyclable cartons printed with soy based inks.  All remaining products in the collection are packaged in 1 oz. tubes which are produced with an additive call Eco-Pure, which render the tubes both biodegradable and recyclable.  Lather was awarded the “Technology Innovator of the Year” from the California branch of the American Hotel & Lodging Association for the innovation of Eco-Pure.  Additionally, the products are not tested on animals.

So we are very excited to be providing Lather’s “Aromatherapy” Collection to guests of The Barlow.  A detail too important to miss.

Brrrr!

January 26, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Yes.  It’s cold in Hudson and has been for almost a week.  How cold?  Well cold enough that the temporary heating couldn’t keep up with the temperature and almost ground the work to a standstill.  Almost that is….

The rear wall of the original building was uncovered during the demolition process.

The rear wall of the original building was uncovered during the demolition process.

One of the discoveries we’ve made in the demolition of The Barlow is the original structure which we’ve previously mentioned.  What we didn’t know was the extent to which the structure of the part of the building that was added in the 1920’s was built.  Our fantastic architect had to devise a method of reinforcing the building using steel posts and beams.  Fortunately that would could continue, despite the chilly temperatures.  That work is now coming a close and the building is completely sound.

Next week is expected to be much warmer (in the 50’s) and so the construction will resume at full strength.  But for now?  Brrrrrrr!

Getting things done

January 10, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

As we enter 2013 we hit the ground running with a meeting with our plumber/HVAC contractor and electrician.  These are the two main elements of the next phase of the hotel construction.  In addition we have the elevator 90% nailed down (we just have to pick the things that will make the unit attractive for our guests).  Finally, the plans for the remaining portion of the basement to be “dug out” have been completed and now a game plan is being drawn up including the installation of steel beams to reinforce the floors.  Not very sexy, but definitely necessary.

We had a cold snap in Hudson and the building is VERY good at holding in the cold, so we also had to have temporary heat brought in to keep the guys warm while they are doing their thing.  We’ve also been hearing about the powerful flu making its way around and we don’t want that to get in the way of the continuation of the progress.

Yesterday we placed a BIG order for the majority of the lighting that is going to go in the hallways, guest rooms and bathrooms.  Bathroom fixtures have already been ordered including the shower towers, tubs, shower “pans” and wall tiles.

Warren Street awning rendering

Warren Street awning rendering

Next week we are presenting the Zoning Board of Appeals with our application for the awning to be placed in front of the hotel.  We’re also moving forward with obtaining a rendering of the exterior sign to be placed on Warren Street to present to the Hudson Historic Planning Committee.

So A LOT going on.  All very exciting!

p.s. – we also have the “official” telephone number for the hotel!  518-828-2100.  Put it in your iPhones today!

Ahhhhh!

November 17, 2012 by The Barlow Hotel

The Temple Spa Amenity collection

What is Temple Spa?  Well according to the Gilchrist & Soames website, ” Inspired by the ancient word ‘temple’, which describes the body as a sacred place and a precious house; and ‘spa’, which is a space for health, beauty and relaxation and conjures up a sense of absolute comfort and joy”.  Temple Spa is one of the amenity collections we are considering for The Barlow.  The fragrance is reminiscent of aromatherapy massage oil from a luxury spa.  We fell in love with it at first sniff!

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