On Permitting

On Permitting

February 15, 2015 0 Comments

Building a studio wasn't meant to be easy. Even though we knew going into this that building on a property located on an island where the phrase, "That's just Bowen" is used as an explanation for just about everything wouldn't meet even our most optimistic of timelines, we're getting restless still.

Gamla's fenced yard

Perhaps the biggest flaw in our master plan to move the business to Bowen is that we were forced to put all of our orders on hold. It was part of the plan, yes — we were growing in a way that did not meet our original vision for the studio and we needed to change that trajectory. And yet, we are still a business, and for any business to put a sudden stop on all orders is kind of crazy.

It's been just over three months since moving here, and though we are anxious to get to started, we're finding that new (and old) clients are maybe even more so. We've set up a temporary workspace to fill orders while the permitting (and covenant, and the actual build) takes shape. No plan is perfect, and we never claimed this one was — but once these first few months are over we will be rolling again, with an even sharper focus than ever before.

Meanwhile, it's been busy over here: Working on the new temporary studio, renovating our house, building a fence for Gimli to run around, tending to our acre of land, building a chicken coop and run. We've been adjusting to our new life.

For me, Bowen has been a slightly more straight-forward adjustment. Though I love an urban existence, I grew up in a farming family in Saskatchewan, Canada and am used to (and, surprisingly still really love) this kind of quiet life. But for both of us, the view of breathtakingly tall trees towering outside our bedroom window in the morning, the smell of burning cedar in the air, the lack of window coverings in our house (because it's actually, truly dark at night), climbing the mountain behind our property every morning, the slower pace, and simply, a more significant relationship with the outdoors is enough to help us dream of the next steps.

Robin + Gimli on a mountain behind Gamla's property

We truly feel incredibly lucky to be here. We finally got word on the permit this week — we'll be striking ground very soon.




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