Back Door

This house has a lot of doors leading to outside.  We have a door from the garage to the backyard, one from the mud room to the backyard, a slider from the kitchen to the backyard, and of course the front door. Every door needs to be replaced, and the slider and front door have recently been replaced.  Since we rarely use the door in the garage, we decided to replace the door from the mudroom to the backyard.  The door was so old, had the worst insulation, and was rotting. David replaced it and put in new insulation and it already looks 80% better.  We still don’t have the handle installed, and it’s not painted yet, but I am relieved that it fit and wasn’t too hard to install.Now if only the rest of this mud room could get finished…

Front Door

Our old front door might not have been ugly, but it wasn’t our taste, and it definitely wasn’t the look we were going for in this house.  Home Depot was having a little sale, so we decided to pull the trigger and replace the door. The installers told us that it would be a 5-6 hour process and we had to be home 100% of the time, oh, and they don’t do weekends.  This is pretty much impossible for any household I assume.  I had to take the boys to school and pick them up, and even though that wouldn’t take long, I still wasn’t allowed to leave the house.  David had to work from home that day to make the door installation doable.  It ended up taking less than 6 hours to install, and I couldn’t be happier with how it looks.  The door isn’t painted yet because we wanted to wait until we know what color we are painting the house, but the primer (white) actually works with our current house color, so we will leave it for now.

Outlet Problems and Pre “Walkthrough” Completion

Even though our contractor said we only had a days work left on the bathroom, his guys were here late Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The bathroom still wasn’t finished come Friday night, so the workers told us they would be here Saturday. We really didn’t want them here Saturday since our cleaning ladies come, but we also wanted the project done.

They arrived at 8 am and didn’t leave until almost 7. You would think that the bathroom was done but nope, still work to do. By work I mean minor things like dry wall and paint touch ups, tons of grout touch ups, some grout cleanup. Nothing too major.

One big item that was installed Saturday was the new bathroom fan. The old one wasn’t very powerful and it had an attached light which was a good thing. The new one is more powerful but doesn’t have a light.

They noticed that after they installed the fan, none of the outlets in the bathroom worked. They kept trying to figure out the problem, but they ended up not being able to solve it.

It got a little frustrating because at one point they were trying to convince us that the outlets never worked in the first place. Umm don’t even try that with us, we know for a fact that those outlets worked. Eli has an electric toothbrush and it charged in his bathroom. I think I also used to do my hair in their when we were renovating our bathroom. Super frustrating that they would blame us.

They tried and tried to figure it out and it was a giant mystery as to what happened. Everything was wired correctly, it just didn’t make sense. We tried the breakers, that didn’t fix it, we knew the next step would be to get an electrician in which would have been on our dime.

That afternoon we decided to check the outlets in our bathroom since they are on the same circuit and sure enough our outlets weren’t working either. They were 100% working the previous night, heck even that morning. The only thing that could have possibly caused this was the new fan. David thought that maybe the fact that the new fan didn’t have a light had something to do with it since the “light” wire wasn’t being connected to anything anymore. Nope, that wasn’t the problem.

The workers were nervous for the contractor to find out so they told David they would bring in their electrician to fix it and would give us a good deal if we didn’t tell Steve, the main contractor. Slightly annoying we were expected to pay for this but oh well, whatever gets the outlets to work again.

They worked until 7pm when we finally had to kick them out since the kids needed to go to sleep. The grouting was finished, they hung the mirrors and hardware, and put up the towel bars. The next step was for us to blue tape the bathroom and buy the sealer so that it was all ready to walk through on Monday and we could finally say goodbye to our awful contractor.

We were hoping that there wasn’t much to blue tape, but man were we wrong. At least everything looks great in pictures right?

More Grout Progress and Other Fun Updates

The drama, I mean progress, continues…

The guys were working hard on the bathroom until 6:30 Wednesday night, 4:30 Thursday, we had to kick them out at 5 on Friday. And the contractor wanted a completion check the previous Wednesday…HAH

Anyway, they made a ton of progress from Wednesday through Friday. They pretty much finished grouting, they installed the shower head and faucet for the bath.

We were debating between using matte black hardware, shower head, and sink/ bath faucets. I’m so glad we went with chrome instead. I think it would have been a bit black overload. Agree?

As happy as we are with how it looks, we were starting to doubt our color choice for the grout. Black seems to be really tricky and messy to work with. Stay tuned!

Tile and Black Grout

We contacted our contractor immediately after the counters were installed. We were just as anxious as they were to get this project going again.

David got a text Tuesday night that the workers would be there Wednesday to continue the bathroom. Wednesday comes along and nobody shows up. Then, David got a weird phone call from the contractor. He told David he wanted to come over that evening to collect a check. David was confused because all we owed him was a completion check, and the bathroom was absolutely nowhere near being completed. So, David said if enough progress got done he would consider a post dated check. That was that.

1PM rolls around, still no workers. Obviously we want the bathroom done so we could get the boys out of our bathroom, but we aren’t in the hugest rush. It finally gets to be 1:15 and the guys show up. I texted David and he was shocked they showed up that late, not that we care they showed up late, but that the contractor expected the job to be completed and for a completion check with a half days work.

There was still a ton to be done. There was no way the bathroom would be finished that night. No way. The tile wasn’t done, which meant the grout wasn’t done. The ceilings needed to be primed and painted, walls patched, drywall, and painted, fan switched out, hardware installed. That’s just to name a few.

David decided that he didn’t feel comfortable giving the contractor a check and this is when the real drama began. I’m going to save that for it’s own post since it’s a long story.

Until then, here’s some tile and grout progress from that day. We went with white long subway tile and black grout. The guys left our house by 6:30 which is really late for a weeknight, but it’s looking really good!

Counters

Oh man, the counters. This is where all of our drama began with our contractor.

Our contractor recommended a specific company to order our counters from. They come highly recommended where we live, so we just went with his suggestion and ordered the counters from them.

It was a fairly easy process, they came over with samples, we picked one and ordered it. They came to measure a week later and told me it would be 1.5 weeks at most until the counters were ready. A few days after they came over to measure I got a phone call that he needed me to remeasure. Now, I know how to use a measuring tape, but I thought that it was a lot of pressure for me to measure for something pretty expensive. If I got the numbers wrong, it would have been a huge problem. I got the measurements, and they just didn’t seem right to the guys cutting the counters, so they came over to measure again. Sure enough, my numbers were correct and they told me yet again that it would be about a week and a half to be ready.

Let’s fast forward a week, we have the polar vortex. It was way too cold for the counters to be delivered, so we were delayed. And delayed. And delayed. By the time we hit two weeks David finally put some pressure on the company. They were a little weird with communication but after pushing and pushing, we finally got the counters three weeks later.

We understand things happen and delays happen, but three weeks was a bit frustrating. Not to mention, our contractor was pressuring us because he wanted to keep up with our project but couldn’t until the counters arrived. Not sure why he was pressuring us, since we had zero control over the counter company.

Anyway, they were installed in an hour and they look beautiful. David wasn’t the biggest fan, but I think they are perfect with our floors and backsplash.

Basement Floors

Excuse the long delay. We went through a major polar vortex here that put all kinds of delays on house projects. Most specifically the boys’ bathroom but I’ll save that drama for another post. It’s juicy!

The laminate in the basement is not only ugly, but it was sliding around and coming off the ground.  It just had to go. With the newly done bar and built ins, it didn’t really go with our style anyway.  We went with a tile that looks like wood.  We thought that it was most functional for a basement, and would hold our workout equipment well since we wanted to do tile in that area as well.

David did a great job ripping out the old laminate and I think that the kids loved watching it.  The new tile is looking really good.  I am not totally in love with our choice, I think the floor clashes a little bit with the carpet, but the blue paint is a little deceiving and I think that is what is throwing me off.  Once we use a fresh color, it will all come together (hopefully!).