Week Nine

What a transformation!  Each week (or when we remember,) we’ve taken pictures of the construction and progress.  Now that we are in the midst of winding down the construction process and having the tradesmen come in for the final ‘bits & bobs’, I am so very happy that we’ve captured the start, the long middle, and can’t wait to capture the end.

These are pictures of the New York Suite – and they tell the story of how 3 different ‘rooms’:

  • a room that hosted a big bath and sink
  • a room that was home to a toilet and another pedestal sink
  • a large linen closet

will become one of our Suites.

It will be the smallest guest suite, but somehow we like it the best.  The dimensions of the room are cosy and more modern in its clean lines.  The ceilings are lower, creating a bit of intimacy.  It has a lovely balcony – where I could imagine guests taking time to get a new perspective on life, whether with a steaming mug of coffee and the morning paper, or a glass of their favorite tipple and a nibble.

There are so many decisions to be made when starting a business.  Many people who saw these rooms and especially the nice large bath questioned why we were taking it out.  Even I, one night after having a long soak in the tub, questioned the decision and we had another long conversation over if we should convert this space.

There is no right, and there is no wrong in this process…there is only our opinion of what’s best for the business and what we like.  Some times it’s a gut feeling that you just know with immediate certainty that it’s the right thing, other times the final product is so far away that you can’t even picture it…but some how you go with it.

Both scenarios were beautiful.  That bath was nice and deep and had a lovely space in which to have a long soak and figure out the meaning of life.  But the new room is just as lovely and will be a room in which we would have loved to stay during our travels.

In years to come guests won’t know about the original space.  We will.  And we will remember every step of the journey in its transformation.