The Old Becomes The New: Moving into an Old Schoolhouse

I decided I wished to reconstruct a one-room schoolhouse in my community and use it for my company. I thought it would add some character to my business and it was much more affordable than purchasing office space in the city. There were, nevertheless, plenty of remodeling that need to be done before we can move into the structure. We required some new fire extinguisher cabinets, fire blanket cabinets, vertical mailboxes and ladder up safety products. While these might all seem odd for a company to need, with our experience we have seen why it is beneficial to have all these things just in case.

My company installed a small kitchen in the schoolhouse so we can have all our lunches, coffee and tea whenever we want. This does, nevertheless, had some risks. Since the schoolhouse was created in the 1800s, it is not up to par in terms of fire safety. While we have put in fire-retardant instillation among various other safety measures, we still wish to make sure we could stop a fire if needed. We have two fire extinguishers in the kitchen just in case. While one fire extinguisher may be sufficient, we like to be cautious. In our previous office we had troubles with the stovetops and decided being prepared is always best.

We have also put two ladders on the outside that go to the roof. We have rebuilt the roof so it has a nice balcony on the back where my fellow coworkers and clients can enjoy coffee on the roof. It may not be the most standard meeting room however in the summer I’m sure it will be a welcomed change of scenery. In order for the balcony to be safe though, we needed a fire escape so we installed two ladders on each side of the balcony. In order to make them safer I also purchased safety products as well as ladder up safety posts. This will ensure my colleagues and customers can leave the building securely if anything were to happen.

I then purchased us all vertical mailboxes for when all of us began receiving mail. Although we are all part of the same business, many of my colleagues work one-on-one with our customers and I have seen it is best for the client to mail to just there assigned colleague. It eliminates time and confusion invested attempting to identify what mail was sent out to who and why. It also helps strengthen the business relationship between the colleague and the customer, which I think is very important.

While there is still much work to be done prior to the business can move into the schoolhouse. I am glad we had the ability to set up more secure ventilation, kitchen equipment and even a balcony. We were still able to keep much of the schoolhouse intact consisting of, the hardwood floors, the walls as well as the blackboard. I think it will add character to our company and will keep us memorable among many of our customers. It will also be a lot more comfortable than a stuffy workplace.

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