Let’s talk doors. To start, we agreed that we would replace all of the doors in the house except for the front door, door leading to the garage, and door leading to outside. We temporarily were just going to paint those doors to save some money. However, we noticed that the previous kitchen and laundry room (current mudroom and pantry) are absolutely freezing. Because those rooms are so cold, the cold air gets into the new kitchen and honestly it is just uncomfortable to be in. We love the new kitchen so it is painful to be so cold while we are in there. We decided that it was time to replace the doors leading to the garage and the backyard. When David took out the old doors, he discovered that they were installed incorrectly. There was a giant gap from the moldings/door to the wall which was letting all of the cold air in. He filled it with some foam and put in the new doors and you can already feel a significant difference in the temperature. Replacing the doors was definitely worth the money now that we know how much air was getting in, but it also makes me a little afraid of what else in the house wasn’t installed correctly. Only time will tell, I guess! Have a great weekend!
Guess what?! The pantry floors are done. Woohoo!!! Can’t wait to show you the finished product, but incase you all were wondering, Eli’s big boy room has not been touched since November. This room has served as my temporary room while David was living in the basement, to my closet, to David’s closet, to storage, etc.
Obviously I love Eli more than anything, and want him out of his nasty temporary room, but it is just not a priority for us right now. We discovered that it is really expensive to get wallpaper installed on the North Shore, so our contractor told us that they would install the wallpaper for us. So great of them, but the only problem has been that the weather has been so freaking cold, that the walls are cold which is making the wallpaper bubble up. They installed one little piece before they realized what was going on and decided to stop until the weather warmed up. Well, now the weather is warm ( I mean how to we go to getting a foot of snow to 60 degrees?)and I am not sure when they are returning to our house. Hopefully soon because I can’t wait to see this wall finished. It looks amazing so far!
David says everything will take “a few hours” or “a couple of days”. I am starting to figure out that “a few hours” means a weekend or two, and “a couple of days” means a couple of weekends…minimum.
Anyway, we got our IL drivers licenses on Friday, and David got his stitches out from his little fireplace accident, so that left him with tons of time to get stuff done.
There was a little progress on our walk-in-closet that was supposed to be done last month, and lots of progress on our pantry floors. They are looking great!! Now, as soon as these are completed, we can get our pantry shelving unit built which will help us clear out all of the other rooms from our food and small appliances. I can’t wait!
So, remember when I mentioned that David did the floors in the pantry? Well…we had a little hiccup. Ok, not a little hiccup, a big(ish) one. It’s hard to make this long story short, but I will try.
Our contractor was supposed to do the floors in the pantry and mudroom. I heard him say it and I heard David tell him during the walkthrough. In fact, they were supposed to do all of the floors on the main level- pretty sure the pantry is included on that main level. Anyway, our contractor told us that it was never discussed and blah blah blah. The specific word “pantry” is not in our contract so there really is no way that we can get what we want (the floors done). Our bad for not making sure we had proper wording in our contract, but again main floor means every room on the main floor in my opinion. Otherwise, wouldn’t the contract just say kitchen? Or family room? Am I crazy?!
Once David and I had to accept the fact that David was now responsible for installing the floors, the contractor explained how David should install them the easiest and most functional way. He told him that we should lay the new floors right over the old tile. David was excited because he really could have gotten this room done in a couple of hours if this was the case. More on that later. A red flag should have gone off because our contractor refused to install the new floors over the tile in every other part of the house, so why was he telling David to do this now? Was it the lazy or shortcut way? Was the tile in the pantry different than the rest of the house? Who knows, all we know is that we trusted him.
On Sunday, David got to work on the pantry. He installed a bunch of planks and as he started to walk over them he quickly realized that the floors felt completely uneven and wobbly. There was no way we could install the rest of the planks over the tiles unless we wanted to take “shortcuts” and be annoyed every time we walked into the pantry. The only solution was for David to rip out all of the tiles and then install a subfloor. This meant more work, more time, more money, and more mess. The further along David got, the more pissed I was about our contractor not doing the floors. In fact, I am so pissed that it might be the deal breaker for me on whether or not we use him again for Eli and Dax’s bathroom. This fiasco also means more delays because we can’t get a quote for the pantry until the floors are done, and we can’t clear out the family room, dining room (future office), or kitchen until the pantry is complete, which means the painters can’t start!!!!! Ahh! Blood. Is. Boiling.
David’s list seems to be growing and growing, and all I can hope for is some form of completion by March. I know I am starting to say this every post now, but really I am at my breaking point!
Thanks for reading my rant and letting me vent. Let’s all hope for a nice progress post next week.
Our contractors will officially be done Tuesday. This is definitely bittersweet. We are so happy to have our space back but we are a little annoyed with our contractor for more reasons than I want to explain. At the end of the day we love the work they did, but would we use them again? Not sure.
We had big plans today. We had to go to the DMV to get our IL licenses and then David was going to work in the afternoon and work on the house at night. However, Mother Nature had different plans. We knew there was a snow storm coming but didn’t believe the weatherman when he said how bad it would be.
Last night, right when it was time to put the boys to bed, David thought it would be a brilliant idea to do some cuts for the fireplace. All of a sudden we hear a scream, David limps over, and all I see is blood and a lightheaded David on the kitchen floor. To skip the gory details, he had to rush to he hospital right as the snowstorm was beginning. He got home around 11 with stitches and in pain and he is pretty much out of commission right now.
So, there goes our plans for finishing the walk-in closet and the fireplace this weekend. Oh, and the floors in our pantry. This will for sure put us behind our already delayed renovation, and the snow doesn’t help!!! Schools are shut down and having a toddler and baby at home 24/7 is a lot of work!! It’s also really hard for David to give up control. He had hire a high schooler to plow our our driveway and to bring in all of the IKEA boxes from the garage. Fortunately, David is still able to build us a couch with his bad foot. Apparently it’s easy to build while sitting on the floor. Who knew!?
Hopefully he heals soon and we can keep this renovation going. Happy Friday!
Hello hello! Dax and I are still trying to kick our colds and coughs but nothing seems to be helping. I’m really starting to wonder if we are constantly getting sick from all of the dust- although David’s healthy (knock on wood) and he’s inhaling much more dust than we are.
Anyway, our contractors didn’t show up yesterday, but apparently they will be finished with our house in two days. Still lots for David to do, but the freedom of having my house to myself during the day seems heavenly.
We had a little incident in the basement on Friday. I won’t go in to details, but let’s just say it involved our dog, his mouth, and a mouse. This freaked me out and disgusted me more than anything, so David agreed it was time for new carpet. We got a quote on Saturday and they installed it yesterday.
This is not something we planned on doing or budgeted for. In fact, we weren’t even going to touch the basement for a couple of years. But, since we knew we were getting new carpet, we decided we wanted to start completely fresh in there. We sold our giant movie theater chairs which creates so much more space. And even though David wanted to get rid of the pool table, I thought we should keep it. Especially since we have two boys who most likely will want it when they are teens! Since the chairs are gone, we quickly realized that we would have no place to sit. We promised ourselves we were done with IKEA, but who are we kidding? We ventured over there and pretty much purchased enough furniture to temporarily complete the basement until we want to buy better quality stuff. Once David has time he will be doing some IKEA hacks but until then, we will have a clean and organized basement. I can’t wait for it to be all set up!
It’s really hard to tell in the pics but the carpet is a really pretty gray
The new carpet is making me so excited to paint these blue walls. Yikes!
I was really hoping that I would have more progress to report today, but unfortunately you just get to read about pantry paint. Yippee!
Originally, the plan was to hire a painter to do the entire house. The contractors ended up painting the master bathroom and our kitchen, so that they could take pictures for their website. Since things are going a lot slower than we hoped, there are certain rooms that need to be painted immediately in order for them to get completed- specifically the master walk-in and the pantry. We can’t clear all of the rooms were our clothes are being stored until the closet is done, and we can’t get all of the food out of our kitchen, and the appliances out of the family room and dining room until the pantry is done. That being said, David had to paint the closet and pantry. The closet is just primed right now, but the pantry is pretty much done and ready for shelving and floors! We went with Benjamin Moore- Gray Tint and I think it looks great.Have a great weekend!!