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Rainbow’s End,  Suite 201, of the Gym Club Suites is a 1300 square foot, two story apartment suite with a 560 square foot deck that has a 270 degree view of Old Bisbee.  When the building was being renovated in 1985 into a 17 unit apartment building, the managing partner of the project, Garth Collier of Collier-Craft Development Company, designed this unit to be his future residence.   Mr. Collier lived in suite 201 and Mr Craft lived in suite 105 after the project was completed.

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View from SE corner of suite 201 deck.

View from SW corner of suite 201 deck.

View from SW corner of suite 201 deck.

After twenty some years, the wood deck has deteriorated.  It’ time for a new one.  But, it’s a big job.  The deck has no outside access and it’s two stories above ground level.  The old wood from the existing deck will need to be removed and disposed of.  The roof where the deck sits on needs to be cleaned and be coated with a couple of layers of roof coating because we’re hoping we will not have to work on it for another 20 years.  New wood will have to be taken up – over 150 pieces of 8 footers.

It’s mid-May.  The weather was getting hot.  But, it needed to be done before the monsoon season began.

We started out with an 8’x8′ area just outside the patio door.  We took out the existing 8×8 deck –  pried the wood boards off the joists, banged in the exposed screws, cut down the boards for easy handling.  We experimented with different gap sizes between the boards and how to compensate for boards that were not straight.  After the 8×8 area was finished, we had to stop for a while because of a check-in.  This break gave us time to reconsider how we would approach the rest of the deck.

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On the left are old joists with parts of deck boards still attached. On the right are stacks of 16″ 2×6’s. Lower right shows the 8×8 “new” deck.

The new approach would be to eliminate any kind of prying and banging down the screws.  This was accomplished by cutting both sides of the board that was screwed into the joist.   We ended up with pieces of 2×6’s that were about 16 inches long and old  joists with pieces of wood still screwed into them.  The joists were then cut into smaller pieces with a miter saw.  Once the old wood was removed, the roof  swept clean and painted, it’s time to build.  But, we had to take another break because of reservations.

With the experience of building the 8×8 deck, we decided to build the deck differently from before – which was  6 or 7 smaller, independent decks put next to each other.  This time, the deck boards would be staggered.  It was going to be one big deck – no more unevenness or wobbling.

Here are more photos:

Building the deck - one board at a time.

Building the deck – one board at a time.

Finished deck.

Finished deck: we used Cabot Wood Stain instead of paint – no more cracking and peeling paint 🙂

Now, imagine yourself enjoying a cup of coffee in the early morning – the sun is about to rise above the B Mountain.  It had rained the night before, but there’s not a cloud in the sky.  The air is crisp and fresh.  You can hear the birds chirping joyously, welcoming a brand new day.

Or, imagine later in the afternoon… the sun is already hiding behind the monsoon clouds; there is a light breeze.  It’s the perfect setting to share a bottle of wine with good friends, relaxing around the patio table, lingering until you hear the first thunder.   If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see this amazing sight (photo by Joseph Oland):  http://ow.ly/mZH9R

Monsoon season is actually a great time to visit Bisbee.  Our temperature is 10-20 degrees lower than that of Tucson or Phoenix.  The average summertime low is in the mid 60’s.  No matter how hot it gets during the day, we always have cool nights and mornings.   As a bonus, you’ll get to see the gorgeous waterfalls of Bisbee after the monsoon rain.

This year, we are offering low, low summer rates.   So, bring your entire family and enjoy a delightful summer vacation in Bisbee, Arizona at the Gym Club Suites.   We are also offering a summer deal at ArizonaGuide.com and DestinationBisbee.com.  Summer deal and summer rates ends September 30th, 2013.  Come visit us soon.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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Twitter Bio:  Born 1903, I’m in the third phase of my life as vacation suites – the place to stay if you prefer big apartments at room rates.
The first phase of this handsome Italianate style building’s life was as YMCA, built by the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company in 1903.  The building has distinctive metalwork around the facade designed by architect F.E. Perkins.  Later the building bacame the recreation center of the city of Bisbee where boys and girls came to play, swim, bowl and dance.  The building was sold to the City of Bisbee in 1977 after the mine closed; later resold to investors who turned it into a 17-unit apartment building.  Started in 2006, it was gradually turned into nightly rentals as long term tenants left.  Now it is fully furnished for travelers to Bisbee and Southeast Arizona a place to curl up for the night ~ a home away from home, instead of just a hotel room.

For years, guests who came to stay at the Gym Club Suites would tell me:  I learned how to swim at the Rec Center; we  used to have dances in the gymnasium; there used to be a bowling alley in the basement;  we used to play pool right here.  But, when I asked, “do you have any pictures?”  The answer was always no. 

In July this year I caved in to the request of Joe to show him where the swimming pool of the Rec Center used to be.  As promised, there really was nothing to see.  The pool was covered up with plywood and the entire area was partitioned.   But, a couple of windows that remained gave us a good idea where exactly the pool was.  Joe, who grew up in Bisbee told me that his brother who was the director of the Rec Center in the 1960’s had pictures.  He promised to send me some .  Here are a couple.

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Gym Club Suites Entrance

The double swinging doors on the upper left corner of the photo are the same ones still being used today as the main entrance to the Gym Club Suites.

 
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Boys playing snooker at the Bisbee Rec Center (early 1960s)

The second picture of the same snooker pool table shows more of the windows in the background.  The area behind the column is now Suite 101 of the Gym  Club Suites.  It still has the pretty windows, high ceiling and crown molding.  Unfortunately, the moldings below the windows are no longer there.

This part of the building is now Suite 101.  You can view photos and description of Suites 101 by clicking on this linke:  www.gymclubsuites.com/apt101.html.  Below is a current photo of the same corner show above.

Suite 101 lower level with high ceiling, large windows, 32" flat screen TV.

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A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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