Before we started this project, I had already heard so many stories about how nothing ever goes according to plan when building such a big space, but I was convinced with proper planning we could do everything in time. Well, that was a big mistake. Nothing could have ever prepared me for the chaos of building such a large bakery…
We signed our contract long before we received our keys, so Luc spent months planning out our schedule. He called all of the different vendors that we needed and told them exactly what we wanted and got an estimate on time so he could make a plan. No matter how much he scheduled though, things from the beginning did not go according to plan.
When we finally got our keys, it was one month after I had just had a baby, so let’s face it, that already made things more complicated. I had planned out for a year exactly how I had wanted our bakery to be laid out because I functionally knew how the space needed to work. About two weeks before we got our keys however, one of our closest partners, Nailia (from Best Day Ever Events), recommended her sister, an interior architect, to us. I was so grateful for this recommendation because honestly, I was terrified to design our shop. It is something so permanent and I wanted to do it right. I was happy Nailia’s sister, Asiya (from Domestic Identity), could design something more fresh and modern for us. Though I was so grateful for the help and am absolutely in love with the final results, Asiya of course needed a few weeks to come up with something beautiful for us! So before we even started, all of Luc’s planning and time-management was already out the window! Oops!
This project had a very strict deadline. First of all, we needed to be out of our old studio by the 31st of March. Secondly, I really wanted to be into our new space to prepare for wedding season. But for every step of the project, I swear something didn’t go according to plan. Even when we got our tiles installed, they got 95% of the way done, but they couldn’t finish the last 5% because the floor by our double-doors was uneven. So when the tiles were placed, the right door would open, but the left one couldn’t because the gap was too small. Unbelievable!
During all of this time, Luc and I (along with his amazing family) worked endlessly to get the bakery finished. We built endless IKEA cabinets, painted 4,5 meter high walls with layers of paint, rewired lights, installed lights, built shelves, installed shop floors, trim, and so much more. It took endless days of work, and so many babysitters to get us through! We were so grateful to have Luc’s family there to help us and we were also incredibly grateful for Marieke, who was able to take care of all the normal the Sugarlips Cakes work with the help of Miriam.
I know I am generally positive about my capabilities in time constraints, but this was just completely out of my control! For anyone who is planning on taking on such an extreme task, believe what people say… it never works out like planned! You know what you are capable of, but you can never expect the construction parts (that you have no control over), to go according to your set time schedule. This was definitely an interesting learning experience and one I am happy it is over!