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Raycliff Manor
08-05-2009, 12:27 PM
Phase 2 of the Raycliff Manor facade renovations has begun. I've provided the concept drawing and some of the progress pictures below. As of right now, the framing for the mansard roof is in progress. As soon as I can get more pictures of the progress, I'll provide additional pictures. While the contractors are working on the facade renovations, we are working tirelessly on the new Raycliff Carriage House attraction. We also have a portion of the Raycliff Manor attic being converted into a large break area / storage area / costume & costume changing area and stage 1 makeup area.





Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I'm going to try and get on here more so I can get caught up on all the posts! Thanks!


08-05-2009, 01:17 PM
holy crap that is awesome! you gotta post some finished photos when its dark out.

08-05-2009, 02:03 PM
Looking great! As soon as I read the headline I knew what I'd see would be awesome!
Hey, what was your building before it was your haunt? (I mean what business was there before you?)
I may have asked this before...sorry, but my mind is going 100 different directions...lol!
Can't wait to see more!


08-05-2009, 02:12 PM
It's looking great! Thanks for posting. Can't wait to see it in the dark with lighting effects. Good luck with the rest of the build.


08-05-2009, 03:12 PM
double sweet!

nice work!

Peter T
Fables Studios

Raycliff Manor
08-05-2009, 03:35 PM
Thanks everyone for the kind words! Kirk, the last use of the building before we purchased it was a Calvary Chapel church. Before they had it, it was a BBQ restaraunt. We're sure having fun transforming it into Raycliff Manor! :grin:


PS. Anyone interested in seeing the evolution of the Raycliff Manor facade so far, from the beginning can check it out at http://s468.photobucket.com/albums/rr42/KellyAllenPhotos/Raycliff%20Manor%20Tower%20Install/?start=all Warning, there are lots of pictures! ; )

08-05-2009, 03:50 PM
Very cool indeed! You have a lot of vision, some would have looked at your building and never seen the facade just waiting to be built out. I think it will draw a lot of people to you haunt.

freak 'n' stein
08-05-2009, 08:53 PM
I love it! If there is only one thing I'd love for my attraction this year, it would be a facade. That's just an investment that isn't affordable this season, but hopefully next year!!

Haunts of Richmond
08-05-2009, 09:44 PM
So awesome. You have your own little Haunted Mansion there!

- Ryan

Raycliff Manor
08-06-2009, 12:44 PM
Here are a few more progress pix. Thanks again for all the words of encouragement and support!






08-06-2009, 01:24 PM
great facade pictures !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:o

Dark Mind
08-07-2009, 01:57 AM
I had a question....how big (sq ft) is the building (your haunt) behind that great Facade?? if you don't mind telling me.

Raycliff Manor
08-08-2009, 08:28 AM
Here are a few more update pix on the Raycliff Manor Facade renovaions...




Once the mansard roof is complete, the new dormer windows will be installed on each side of the tower. Then the new gable will be installed over the front door/porch and details will be added around the front door. We're very excited about the progress! :D


08-08-2009, 08:47 AM
That is just cool, looks awsome!!

08-08-2009, 07:32 PM
looks brilliant! How big is the building its attached to?

08-08-2009, 10:49 PM

Those photos are awesome! I love to see stuff like this, it gets all the haunters excited to see we are not all crazy for following our dreams.

I'm sure your customers will be scared to death to go inside!

Keep your build crew well hydrated, I have a cooler full of iced down water to keep my guys going in this summer heat. I have already sold over $2K in tickets online! It's already started to feel like Halloween!

Keep up the incredible work, it will pay off soon!

Jim Warfield
08-09-2009, 09:00 PM
..I'm assuming here of course that this facade and building rest upon a large well-oiled turntable for daylight disguise as the rotation shows a 1955 Turquiose and white house trailer...then by night.....just like my house!
Did you know that my house was moved four blocks south of here? By Google.
That's where they say I am, so it must be true.

Raycliff Manor
08-15-2009, 02:58 PM
Thanks again for all the positive comments and feedback! I really do appreciate the kind words. In answer to the size question, the building the facade is being built on is a 4,000 square foot building on the ground floor, plus an additional front gallery / indoor cue line area. The upstairs is used for makeup/costuming/break area. Here's the last picture taken showing additional progress, including the start of the addition of the dormer windows and the gable roof over the front door. More pix to come as progress continues. ;)



08-15-2009, 04:33 PM
Nice, I like it, it has that old hunted house look, classic.

08-15-2009, 08:47 PM
The facade is looking great Kel! You'll have it finished and looking like the one on your banner and site in no time!

Hope everything goes extremely well for you this year!

08-15-2009, 11:39 PM
Awesome work Kelly!!!! Very Nice! I'm impressed!


Raycliff Manor
08-16-2009, 07:47 AM
Thanks SITI, Rick and Larry! I can't wait to be able to post the finished facade pictures, hopefully later this week! :D


08-16-2009, 08:19 AM
Looks awsome Bro cant wait to see it in person when it's done.
Greg Allen (AKA Bro)

Raycliff Manor
08-16-2009, 08:29 AM
Thanks Greg! It sounds like you've got a lot happening over on your end too! We're definitely going to make the trek this year. Mom keeps asking why we don't get together more often. I keep telling her it's because we work in one of the most demanding industries in the world, the haunted attraction industry! LOL Can't wait to see what you've done with your property for this haunt season! If you weren't so far, I'd tell Mom to ask you to share some of your land with us! ;) Talk to you soon bro!


08-16-2009, 10:25 AM

Are you having the ironwork done like in the sketch (the spiderwebs in the front and the gothic spindles on both roof tiers)?

08-16-2009, 11:50 AM
Looking GREAT!

08-16-2009, 08:41 PM
Hey Kel,
We have 46 acres up here. Come on up lets have a family reunion of sorts. We have plenty of room in Columbia. Tell mom I said Hi. I havent had time to call lately.
See ya,

Raycliff Manor
08-18-2009, 07:30 AM
We're really getting close to the finish line on the facade renovations now. We still have painting to do to tie all the new trim work, windows, etc. together with the rest of the facade. We also need to paint the new dormer windows yellow to match the rest and install lights inside the windows. We also have the brackets, like the ones under the tower roof, made and painted and waiting to be added under the mansard roof edge for aditional detail. Here's the latest shot of the facade...


The next picture should be the last, finished shot. Rick, in answer to your question, we did intend to have the ironwork done this year too, which is phase 3 of the facade renovations, but we've been unable to secure a contractor who is willing to follow up with us and do the work. It looks like the ironwork will be a 2010 update at this point.

Greg, we're calling House Movers to see if we can move the attraction to your property!;)


Raycliff Manor
08-18-2009, 07:37 AM
I thought it would be interesting to put a before and after picture together. :D





scattered screams
08-18-2009, 03:43 PM
It looks really nice makes you think its a real house.

08-18-2009, 04:46 PM
Damn, I'm moving in! People who went last year will not even think it's the same place.

Raycliff Manor
08-24-2009, 12:05 PM
SITI, I sometimes feel like I have moved in! LOL

Here are a couple of additional update pix. We still have some painting to finish up on the facade, but we're getting close to putting a great big done stamp on it!:D





scattered screams
08-24-2009, 12:15 PM
I like it. I have to make a trip down to see your place. I was at Greg's place a couple weeks ago. All I have to say was I was very pleased and amazed by what he has and to know its all under tents Wow blew my mind, with the crazy weather we have around here. By the way what size is your building? If you don't mind me asking.


08-24-2009, 12:18 PM
Absolute scary perfection Kel!!

Your customers are gong to be blown away when they walk up to this facade. I'm so inspired to keep pushing our designs by seeing other haunters stepping up the level of quality. This type of sharing information is what increases all our ticket sales as our target market turns to haunted houses for entertainment

Awesome job to your crew!

08-24-2009, 12:35 PM
Really cool. Huge difference between old and new. or should I say old and old :confused: .. Any way.. Great Job!

Peter T

The Mad Hatter
08-24-2009, 02:51 PM
Really really cool! The size of it is just breathtaking! I wish I could have a facade this big that I can leave up all year round so people can be in aww. I really like the angled roof on it. Also The position of the door in the center. A real inspiring piece you made!!

-Frank Balzer

08-24-2009, 05:00 PM
Thats SWEET Bro! It sure looks like your making a copy of grandpas old house. Was that the plan? You should have just torn down grandpas and moved it there. Lol Grandma wouldnt mind. Looks GREAT Kel. Tell Mom I said Hi.

08-25-2009, 10:39 PM
Not a big fan of the baby blue, and think it should be distressed and aged heavy, but overall I really like the facade a lot! Its a first class job!

Thanks for sharing.


Jim Warfield
08-26-2009, 01:49 AM
Is what I called my house's paint job, using bright colors up-top with a grey base color turning gradually to flat black on the lowest edges to possibly affect a "Floating" look to it.
I did not plant all the vines circling the place but they sure add alot to the feel of it all
See: hauntedravensgrin.com.

It can be challenging building a haunt in a smal town. I could not buy any red paint here today, they didn't even have a space or tag for such a thing on the shelf!

08-26-2009, 10:45 AM
Also I would try shreading up and aging REAL curtains and put those into the winows. Try to move the windown trim out some so the curtains can blow around behind it... it will look pretty cool!

You've done a first class job here but now the key is how you light it, distress it, and paint it. I'm sure you are going to put some speakers or sound near the facade as well. Really looks awesome. How big is the building behind it?


Raycliff Manor
08-26-2009, 11:55 AM
Thanks for all the feedback everyone! I really appreciate it! We do still plan to distress the facade, using techniques taught to us by Kip Polley, and I love the suggestion of adding the curtains! We'll probably remove the black panels that are currently in the windows and add the curtains inside between the glass and the wall panels. We keep the plywood installed inside the windows to help prevent vandalism, and of course people getting a sneek peek of what's inside. Unfortunately we just had some items stolen, including some lumber, but the local Sherrif is a friend of one of our Actors, the Assistant Fire Chief, and they are keeping a good eye on and even patrolling our property for us now. Fortunately, we have an inside security system that prevents anyone from entering. We do still have to re-install the lights for the light show that are programmed with music (provided by Evilusions - thanks Gadget!) and then we are going to have to put a done stamp on it for this year.

We're working our tails off on the new attraction and we have Gadget of Evilusions and Kip of Pale Night Productions coming in early next month to add their special effects, automations and scenic touches! I have just made offers and added new members to the Fright Team this week and I still have a few more to add. My last round of interviews are taking place this Friday.

Friday night we are making a publicity appearance at the movie theatre for the premier of Halloween II and we have a "Publicity Appearance Workshop taking place on Saturday night for the Fright Team. We're having a local morning show TV personality come in and talk to us about etiquette, questions to anticipate, what to do when you don't know or can't remember the answer to a question on live TV or radio, etc. I think this will be very beneficial for us all! :D

From this weekend forward we have a workshop every Saturday, including a Makeup Workshop, Actor Training Workshop, Orientation and Safety Training workshop, Dress Rehearsal, etc.

Coupons have just begun to be distributed at McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, Flying Burrito's and a number of other locations! Halloween Express stores in our area should begin distribution soon as well.

We've locked in our radio advertising and we're working on our publicity appearances right now. We've sent out our first press release inviting the members of the area press and media to a special show reserved for just them.

We've got members of the team working on a float for the upcoming Maple Leaf Festival parade and they're about to go from design concept to construction.

I could go on and on, but there's just not enough time! LOL

As you can see, the ball is really rolling now and I just want to tell all you haunt owners out there... I FEEL YOUR PAIN! Just remember two things:

1. There'll be time for sleep when we're dead!
2. Remember to enjoy the journey and the ride!

Thanks to everyone (endless list could be inserted here) who has offered kind words of support and encouragement, assistance and most of all for your...

haunt brother and sister love!


PS. Greg, you're right, it does look like Grandpa's house! LOL I'll tell Mom her prodigal son says hi. ;)