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mâché renos | Stage 4

This is the last blog of our reno series at our new digs - 451 Pulteney St, Adelaide 5000. We are very much in business with some finishing touches to go (and a few other major things, but that will come later..) Our community is growing by the day and we are so grateful for their patience during our transition.

We’ve been going hard for almost 3 months. We’ve had many late nights and can’t remember what it’s like to relax on a weekend, sit on a swing and watch the rainbow rosellas. Soon enough, the reno haze is clearing and our beautiful space is coming to life. Half of our offices and coworking desks are filled, and our Yoga classes are up and running with new teachers on deck. You can watch our latest Vlog here, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Since our last blog, our super friend Matt Lott, a carpenter extraordinaire, finished off the stage for us in the event space and it looks smashing. Dans sanded it, I filled it with putty and gave it a seal, and Bob’s your uncle we have a fun deck for activities! (I’ve never understood that saying.. Who on earth is Bob?)

Jac and Dans took on a mammoth project designing and building a brand new kitchen upstairs. The pair of them have somehow survived the process. Just a few more tweaks to go and this glorious space will be ready for kitchen parties. The natural sunlight is heavenly, and the whole design is pretty darn spiffy (photos coming soon) Hats off to Jac and Dans for being creative with upcycling some wood for a feature wall. We love a good salvage! Not long until we can make a coffee, sit on the custom bench, eat cake and gaze out the window and reflect upon those dusty times.

We’ve had some hero helpers over the last month, including Wombat, our sparky who got us all wired up. The team from Built By Ben finished building an insulated wall with ply cladding. Matthew our plumber bashed out an old sink with his mighty strength and did our plumbing for our new kitchen. Tubby our Network Technician from Flow Networks hooked us up with super speedy WiFi. He even brought in his fluffy helper Macy, a sprightly German Shepherd. Plus we’ve had lots of visitors that have lifted our morale with their enthusiasm and support. Thanks guys!

A big excitement for me has been the slow addition of soft furnishings and artwork. I had a DIY idea in a dream and ordered some Swedish fabric of lily pads to pay homage to the nearby Adelaide Himeji Garden. Lily pads are super Zen, who doesn’t like lily pads? Dare me to say lily pads again? Lily pads. Anyhoo, I ironed out the fabric in my overalls, because overalls make me feel like Superwoman. I put some stretcher bars together with great difficulty, probably because I put them the wrong way round, and then called for help when I realised how tricky it was to staple the fabric, especially the origami corners! Dans, Jac and I watched a YouTube tutorial about 5 times, and with our collective power, we totally nailed it and created the artwork of my dreams for the Yoga studio.

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A huge highlight over the last month has been our custom tables coming together. Dans designed them, and organised a local welder wizard to make the steel frames. Beautiful pieces of wood arrived from Queensland which float perfectly on top of the frames. Dans and Jac cut some holes for power chords, and sanded and sealed the surfaces so they are smooth as eggs. These tables provide a base for productivity. As I type this I can hear the fellow coworkers tapping on their keys, getting work done and finding their flow.

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Over the last month, we’ve paid numerous trips to Ikea and surrendered to the mysterious food out of sheer desperation. On average, our trips to Bunnings have decreased from twice a day to once every second day. This is an improvement. I still can’t help myself in the plant section and continue to add green members to the family. I swear plants do better in mass. They must get so lonely by themselves in corners. Every plant needs a friend or 2 or 20. If plants really can talk to each other, it’s only fair we provide diversity and create an urban jungle.

On a side note, I really wish Bunnings would do a veggie sausage sizzle, because we would totally smash them. I may have to start a petition, who is with me!? On a plus, thank goodness you can bring doggos to Bunnos, our pup Sheik loves it, probably because one of the staff gives him biscuits every time.

I am waffling on, maybe because it is a Monday. I must make haste and attend to my Community and Wellbeing Manager duties. Speaking of which, are you looking for a space? An office, small, medium or large? A flexi, dedicated or private desk? Meeting room? Event or workshop space? A place to practice yoga?

Hit us up here, we’d love to hear from you and show you around -

e: hello@mache.space

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Until the next instalment..

- Izzy

mâché renos | Stage 3

The last few weeks have been action packed. Christmas crept up like a wild elf, and next minute.. Happy New Year! We hoped to catch the fireworks from our city roof, but unfortunately Dans and I fell asleep on the couch at 10.00pm and woke up to the dog snoring. Ah well. Thank goodness for Instagram stories.

Co-founders, Jac, Dans and I had an epic last few days moving everything from the old mâché to our shiny new home - 451 Pulteney St, Adelaide 5000. At least the Budget Truck had good air-conditioning in the heat wave. Yesterday was a huge sigh of relief after successfully transporting all our plants safely. I can’t wait to grow our green family into a happy urban jungle.

We are yet to take a holiday, but that’s because we’re on a tight schedule to open our doors on the 7th January 2019! We still have lots to do, but our coworking environment will be fully functional. Each week from now, we get to focus on the finer details, and also some major ones! Some we can’t reveal yet..

Have we got your interest? Email us here: hello@mache.space

What did we achieve over the last few weeks? Ah that’s right, Dans sanded the oak floors downstairs for what felt like eternity. I then sealed them 3 times like a pro with a matte finish sealer. It’s a 3 hour wait time between coats, so I took a few power naps, roamed the aisles of Bunnings, ate snacks and edited the Vlog.

Watch the Vlog here and subscribe to our YouTube Channel -

Our space is already starting to feel cosy, with some additions of furniture, which has been an absolute joy to put together.. HA! Meanwhile, Jac’s been busy renovating the kitchen downstairs. He’s had some late nights laying down floating floors, fixing and fitting stuff and installing a filtered water tap so we can drink water of the gods.

Jac’s also a digital wiz and has designed our kitchen upstairs. It will provide space for hangs, feasts, coffee and good conversation. Dans and Jac will build the upstairs kitchen next week. Hopefully they survive the process. Reading a manual is not my forte, so I will be on treat duty, ensuring everyone stays hydrated and fed with the finest takeaway. I should probably give myself more credit though, as my skills with tools are improving and I have developed some pretty gangster biceps.

Complete tangent, Jonny’s Popcorn delights Sweet and Salty is the best reno snack and locally produced in South Australia. Thanks Jac for your tasty offering during our mammoth move and tough times. Sorry for my giant handfuls and leaving you with just the corns at the bottom of the packet.

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It’s a tricky time of year to get tradies and craftsmen on board, but luckily we have some amazing mates who have been superheroes. Massive shoutout to Matt Lott who built our super slick deck in our event space / yoga studio.

He’s gone glamping in his homemade caravan called Joanie. He built her with his bare hands and named her after his Grandma. Isn’t she gorgeous?

Matt will be back soon for some finishing touches on the deck and probably some more work we throw his way.

Need some carpentry work done? Hit Matt up: lott31@gmail.com

Special thanks also goes to Ben Turner and his team from Built By Ben. They worked faster than Santa’s little helpers and erected the bones of a wall downstairs. This will divide a snazzy office on one side and private desk spaces on the other. They will finish off the wall in the next few weeks and it’s going to be quite the feature!

We had some chirpy visitors last week which lifted our spirits! Including our good interstate friends, Ed, Lucie and Ryan, and Dans’ twin sis Gin. It’s been very affirming to share our visions with people we love and see the excitement in their faces. It makes the long hours worth it and reassures us we are on the right track. Also, big thanks to Gin for helping out with the paint brush! Black paint is a risky colour but she totally nailed it. Hope her clothes aren’t too destroyed.

That’s enough from me, on behalf of the mâché gang, we hope your year is off to a flying start and we can’t wait to show you our space and welcome new members to our community.

We have small, medium and large office spaces on offer, as well as flexi, dedicated and private desks, event and workshop space and a yoga studio. Our future plans are super exciting, but the present looks pretty good.

Until the next instalment..

- Izzy

Preparing for launch!

Coworking Star Wars Kim Kardashian.

Okay now we've got the SEO out of the way here's an update of our progress so far!

Our main workspace/event space under construction. Light wells installed in the ceiling.

It's been a busy few weeks and we've still got busy weeks ahead, but as the launch date looms ever closer we've made significant progress with priority spaces such as toilets and the main event space. 
Through careful negotiation we were able to secure over 100 square metres of floorboards on the cheap (thanks, Gumtree!) and a tonne of underlay from our mate Tony.

The hole in the wall which became the bigger hole in the wall.

The hole in the wall which became the bigger hole in the wall.

One of the first things we tackled was thoroughfare. Namely, moving between the main space and the kitchen. There was this less than attractive hole in the wall to pass plates and stuff through, however it was extremely dangerous and we had to deal with it
The result? Well see for yourself!

 

Dangerous hole out, beautiful doorway in!

As far as the stuff you can't see, a lot has been done. Working with older buildings has its own challenges so the dodgy wiring and plumbing and ducting was all fixed up.

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It's amazing what a lick of paint can do, and this kitchen was no exception. It's been transformed from drab abattoir to Jamie Durie's dream canvas. Add to that a couple benches we've yet to mount and some stools and this place is going to be the perfect spot for a cuppa or even a cutla.

We've converted one of the bathrooms and added a shower. This means people can make their morning commute by bike and go through the day without that 'I live in the bottom of my shoes' smell! Washy washy!

Shower, or toilet!

Shower, or toilet!

Moving towards the front, we've made a tonne of progress. It may not look like much to those looking at it the first time, but it took HOURS to get the area to where it is now. The amount of cabling that needed to be moved, walls that needed to be painted, ceiling tiles that needed to cleaned and carpet that needed to be ripped up was ludicrous. Honestly, days have been lost here. So if we were to say we're proud of getting this far along with it, it'd be an understatement. Under the dank carpet and underlay was layers and layers of material and adhesive that had to be scraped off by hand before we can get to it with a floor sander. We'll be glad to see the end of it as much as we'll be glad to see people using its new beginnings.

First impressions last, so it's fitting we're dealing with this last too.

We've knocked out the doorway and the wall in order to bring more light to the artist area and to allow you to view the space all the way through as you walk in. We feel it's more open and welcoming than the old reception room that felt like a doctor's waiting area. Soon, we'll have a lovely piece of feature ceiling to cover up the current one and really tie the two areas together.

Recording studio.

There's not too much to say about the recording studio. We tore out the dank carpet and replaced the insulation and it's cleared out the smell. New carpet tiles and new equipment being retrofitted to the old desk will allow for a new generation of artists and freelancers to record their next big hit or their client's voice-overs in a sound dead space.

Shout out to my fellow nerds.

We'll quickly touch on Internet. We assume you know what it is because you're reading this post (Unless your friend has printed this out for you, in which case what a legend they are. Right?) We've partnered up with Uniti Wireless and have been able to achieve a 25 Down 10 Up connection, perfect for sharing those files with clients. A Ubiquiti backend will be making sure that there is maximum uptime and a couple servers on the network will allow us to share files over the intranet no matter the size. (Also how cool is that UFO looking WiFi Access Point??)

A workspace fit for a king.

Here's a little behind-the-scenes exclusive for you all. Our resident handyman and EcoCaddy's Head Mechanic has gained an extra 10 square metres of space for his very own workshop! Constructed partly by him and us, it will give him the space he needs to keep EcoCaddy running smooth!

Thanks for reading our little (big) update. It's been an amazing journey and we can't wait to share the space with everyone!
 

Bonus content:
That hideous hole in the wall being destroyed.