Summer Street: Demo Time!

Demolition is always a mix of excitement and anxiety – what scary stuff will we find when we start taking down walls? Mostly, we all [architects, contractors, and clients] focus on the negative, but demo can actually reveal wonderful opportunities like hidden spaces, interesting surfaces, chances to improve systems and insulation, and history, to name a few. And, there’s something to be said for seeing the space with all the drywall removed; it seems to unlock creativity in the project team. Here at Summer Street, we found lots of hidden spaces, spaces that we’re now trying to figure out how to use in creative ways. It’s hard – this is where budgets can balloon, in the excitement of the moment – but it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make changes that will have impact for many years to come.