Blood, sweat, more blood, more sweat.
Measure twice, drink once.
After understanding some of these insanity moments, you’ll understand our philosophy on renovations. After crunching some budgets on our 4000 sq. ft facility, we realized we’d need at least $150,000 to build out the production area, remodel the tasting room, and freshen up the exterior to our vision. This wasn’t going to happen with the way our fundraising was going.
We’re pretty handy guys, and grew up doing remodeling and building in our families. We knew there was only one real option – to work on it ourselves, and turn to contractors only when it was required. One of the first justifying projects was grinding the old stained chipped production floor. Jon suggested right away doing the work ourselves, yet Josh wasn’t so keen to what sounded like a miserable project. After a couple of quotes came in at five-figures, Josh changed his tune.
This DIY approach didn’t come without hazards. From broken water lines, to a painful nail driven through a foot, it was both a learning experience and labor of love.
These sort of challenges reared their heads on nearly every major project – from concrete work to demolition to painting. Yet with every hurdle, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work! In the end, all of the manual labor and late nights paid off, and we had a paper trail for the building improvements.