My husband, Ray is self employed, but works almost exclusively for one man, who happens to be the new owner of the old Nate's Clothing building in downtown Minneapolis. The building is approximately 95 years old, and is currently undergoing a total renovation project, which will eventually transform the upper floors into upscale office space, with a couple of restaurants on the main floor too. Below is what the outside of this building is supposed to look like someday:
This is a view from the main floor, looking down into the basement. The dirt is from a hole they had dug to make a new elevator. You can see Ray and some of his previous guardrail handiwork.
We had to take the freight elevator down to the basement to get something first, so I took a picture looking up from there too.
Okay, here's the elevator shaft on the 4th floor, where we started. He had to build the guardrails and then put them up around this hole, and then repeat the process on the 3rd, 2nd and 1st floors.Here's Ray assembling his railing. I helped a little bit. I could hold one end of it and help him stand it up, or hand the pieces to him when he needed them.
Here's what they looked like when he was finished.
Here's Ray putting the finishing touches on the main floor railing. That one was partially finished already, he just had a little modifying to do there.