Looking for Technics turntables to Gramophones…

Intermittent build blogging:: the waiting continues

As mentioned in the first entry, we’re spending every free second in August trying to raise money for this insane project – and we’ve been incredibly lucky and overwhelmed by the support we’ve gotten so far.  Which means approaching people that have been long-time supporters and in most cases have already given us something and asking for all we can get.  A special mention is in order –


Shelter Architecture:  These. Guys. Kick. Ass.*

Not only are they donating design services to HUGE as we announced in March but since we’ve locked down the space they’ve generously given us their time and expertise in all things from handicapped accessibility to fire codes and sound suppression to help us create the coolest theater we can AND get it approved by the city for the September build.  They are creating our building plans  and some 3D models we hope to be able to post images from soon.  It all adds up to a great deal of their time and talent and we would not be anywhere near as ready were it not for them.

I don’t know how many of our supporters or readers of this blog are in a position to build a house or hire an architect these days but trying to drum up some business for them in trade for everything they’re giving us is the very least we can do.  They specialize in energy-efficient and sustainable design, they consistently turn out amazing ideas and are obviously just good people – support them.

Send them your business, or your friends’ business, or even just your friends.  They are awesome.

* Not the official tag line of Shelter Architecture…but it could be.  I also lobbied for “We build your house from the ground up…because the other way is impossible”

Build Blog 1

It’s been just over a week since we signed the lease and the space became “our” space and since then HUGE has been taking up a great deal of my conscious time (as well as my more stressful nightmares) – getting paperwork filled out, doing press interviews, getting price quotes, looking for sponsors and generally trying to squeeze money out of the universe.  But the space itself is still sitting there, unchanged, while it feels like everything is changing around and because of it.

I got a chance to go in and just get some work done in the space drawing my electrical diagrams and there was a quiet shift from “that space” to “our space” in my brain.  It was nice to just get in, set up my stuff on the floor and use the space as an office for a minute.  It felt good.  It felt like a place I want to come every day and work.  I hope that proves to be the case.

In terms of building, we aren’t doing much right now – we don’t actually take possession of the building until September but I have limited access to the inside and so far have discovered that we’ll need much less electrical work than previously thought!  That’s a big relief as well as a nice hefty savings thanks to the Lava Lounge stringing power outlets in the ceiling trusses.  Score.

Right now this is our starting point:

and this is our goal:

It doesn’t actually seem that insane a project, once we can get started.

Good thing I have plenty to keep me busy while we wait.