Tuesday, December 27, 2011
We are so eager and excited here at Graylyn to keep you updated with our renovation progress that we thought it might be time for a sneak peak! We’re six weeks into the renovation and a lot of changes are taking place! As we proceed with the deconstruction phase, great care has been taken to ensure the historic elements are protected. Our architects and designer have carefully developed the plans in a way that will enhance the original elements as we bring new life to the Mews. A distinctive new façade is going up in the courtyard, where several guestrooms where once located. The glass windows and doors are being replaced with new walls and entry-ways, while the original archways that were once the stable entrances will remain the same. This space will become an amazing new concierge lounge, gift shop and hospitality area. We hope you enjoy these photos, and continue to follow our progress in the coming months!!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Mews Renovation Gives Back to the Community with Charitable Donations, and Sustainable Practices…
As the Mews renovation embarked into the demo stage of its renovation the Graylyn Green Team stepped in!!
Given the historic nature of the property energy conservation can be a challenge. This, however; does not deter the Green Team, a group of employees focused on educating our staff on the importance of waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable practices. It was very important to the Green Team and Graylyn executive staff that these same everyday practices were applied throughout the renovation.
Many pieces of furniture that were removed from the property were able to be donated to local charity organizations, like the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, a non-profit ministry that assists hundreds of homeless men in meeting their physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs. Donations were also given to Habitat for Humanity who brings together community partners and volunteers to help construct and purchase well-built, affordable homes. Other more eclectic or historical pieces were re-purposed for use on the WFU campus and at the WFU Lodge and Cottage at Fancy Gap.
We know that each piece of furniture, wherever it ends up, will be but to the best use possible, and that to us is the greatest measure of success!