Broken Tile, Messy Grout, Bad Vanity Planning, and Paint Splatters

I think that our contractor and his men wanted to be done with the bathroom just as bad as we wanted it to be done.

Besides not reading the reviews for this company, our biggest regret was not having the contractor do a final walkthrough because there was a lot more to be fixed than we anticipated.

Last weekend, David went to deep clean the bathroom so that we could move the boys into it. Who would have thought sharing s bathroom with two small children for 2 months would be such an ordeal?! As he was cleaning we discovered quite a few things that we would have expected to be fixed.

The grout is kind of mess but I really think if we used a lighter color it would have turned out great. I just expected more from a professional company. We noticed one broken tile and three scratched tiles in the shower. All which can’t be fixed but need to be chiseled out.When David was walking in the bathroom, you can hear and feel that some of the floor tiles are loose. Again, they need to be chiseled out.They did terrible planning when installing the vanity because the drawer on the end cannot be opened all of the way due to the window trim being in the way. Unfortunately, this is something that can’t be fixed at this point.Lastly (from what we could tell), there was ceiling paint splattered all over the counters. I’m not exaggerating here, splatters everywhere. Luckily the counters are light so it’s hard to tell, but it took a while to scrape them off and we didn’t even get all of them!I am so mad we didn’t have the contractor do a final walkthrough but I am so grateful that David could fix all of this stuff. We would be in big trouble if he couldn’t.

We learned so much during this experience and with all of the trouble and stress that came with it, at least the bathroom is done…but no the boys still aren’t moved into it yet!

Mudroom Update

Oh hey, remember the mudroom? While our contractor and his crew are working on the bathroom, David is working on the mudroom when he gets home from his real job.  I showed you the molding and trim progress a couple of weeks ago, but since then, David installed some cabinets for storage.

Since this room used to be the laundry room, there is a big bulky gas line.  We thought that it would be pricey and annoying to remove, so we figured that covering it was our best option.  At first, we were going to install a single cabinet and sink, but the more we thought about it, the more we realized that would look a little weird.  We decided to do a row of cabinets instead, because you can never have enough storage and it looks much better than a single cabinet.

The built-ins unit is white, so we went with a light gray cabinet.  I am wondering if the gray walls are a bit much now, but at least painting the walls is an easy fix.  Once the painters come to paint the built-in, they can always repaint the walls as well.

This room is really coming along! The thought of not having all of our junk piled up on our kitchen island because it will finally have  a place in the mudroom feels so so good!

Vanity Arrival

Happy Monday! Lots of progress to report this week!  The vanity for the boys’ bathroom was delivered and installed last week.  We did have a little bit of spacing issues, but they seemed to figure it out and make it work.  The vanity is two pieces and it is really long once put together.  We had the option of having a big space in the middle to fill with a wood filler piece, or the option to push the two pieces close together and have wood filler pieces on both the left and right sides.  Ideally, I wanted it that way, but they told me that there would have to be some plumbing rearranged for that to work.  So, David and I decided that having a space in the middle to fill was the way to go.

I was going about my afternoon and one of the men working on the bathroom told me that he realized he didn’t account for the door jamb, so he had to adjust the plumbing to make the vanity work.  This wouldn’t be my first choice, but it is still looking amazing! Counters are measured and ordered, and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

Doors and Drawers

We are one step closer to our laundry room being completed.  Last weekend, David worked on installing the doors to the cabinets and drawers. We thought that this would be a simple task, but of course we came across a little issue.

Since all of our walls are completely not straight in this house, it makes it hard to have counters, moldings, trim, window treatments, etc. that are all level.  When David went to install one of the drawers on the end, it was so crooked and off, that it was difficult to open.  He ran out of time, but planned on having to make some adjustments with the cabinet base, and shave some of the top off in order to make it fit evenly. Last night he had some time to work on everything and to our surprise, there was a much simpler way to adjust the drawer with adjusters that came attached, duh!

We also noticed that the cabinets are not as white as they looked in the store.  Hopefully that will change with better lighting, but we will have to think about paint colors if it continues to look off white.

I have been researching what type of hardware I want in there, and surprise, I have no idea.  Hopefully I will have that figured out soon!

Have a great weekend!

Progress Plateau

Oh hey, remember me?! It has been way too long. Now that David is doing the majority of the work, our progress obviously depends on him.

Right when Eli finished camp, he got really sick. Awful fever, awful cough, it was the worst. Naturally, Dax got sick, and then just when you thought I would be the one to get sick, David got sick. He actually had it the worst. Eventually I got sick and we all just kept passing it back and forth.

Because of us all being out of commission, it made it kind of impossible to get stuff done around here. This weekend, we were finally back in action. David worked long and hard on the laundry room and got so much done. This room became a lot bigger of a project than we planned for so it’s also taking a lot longer to finish than we planned for.

Since the laundry room was previously a bedroom, it had a closet. We don’t really have a need for a closet, so we ripped it out, carpet and all. Still not sure if we will use the area to hang dry clothes, but I’m thinking that it’s a good space for that. The goal was to have the cabinets installed, they aren’t finished because there was a lot more to installing them than we anticipated.  David built the bases for the cabinets to make them level with the washing machine and dryer. They don’t look “level” in this picture yet because he hasn’t finished screwing the levels on the legs of the cabinets, but I promise that they will be!

After looking at it, David thinks that he needs to raise the cabinets a little higher.  I honestly can’t tell, but what’s one more thing to do? I think we decided on our counters, and after months and months and months, we finally decided and ordered wallpaper. We decided to go bold and fun since it’s a laundry room, but more on that later.

Hopefully now that we are all better, there will be more progress which means more blog posts. Stay tuned!

Laundry Room Cabinets

David shouldn’t have to feel bad when he misses a workout, because he probably burns more calories and gains more muscle working on this house than I do during my Peloton workouts. Last Saturday, he finally brought up the cabinets for our laundry room.  This excites me because it cleared some space in our dumpster…I mean…garage and it means more progress in the laundry room. Of course, we had to come across some issues though.

Our contractors did the drywall and the plumping, electrical, and venting for us.  They had to build a false wall which in reality is a brilliant idea.  However, instead of putting the washing machine outlet box deeper into the wall, they put it over the wall. There are two problems with this.  The first problem is that because it’s built over the wall, everything from the machines connecting to the box sticks out really far, so we can’t put either the washer or dryer against the wall.  Instead, they are pretty far, which creates an awkward gap that we will have to cover up by getting a deeper counter.  The second problem is that the box is extremely high.  We want to put in wallpaper or tile, but the box is fairly large and kind of looks random and out of place. It should have been put in lower so it can’t be seen.  David was able to fix it a little, but not enough to make a huge difference.

The other minor issue we came across is more of a David mistake than the contractors.  He pre-measured the space but didn’t account for the moldings and trim in some areas, and that messes with the measurements for the cabinet space, specifically for one cabinet.  The cabinet between the dryer and the window is supposed to have drawers instead of doors, but once the window trim is in, there is no way that the drawer would be able to open. We thought that we could do some messing around with spacing, but ultimately decided to rearrange where each cabinet goes and it completely solved our problem.

We now need to build a base for the cabinets to go on, so that they are level with the washing machine and dryer.  We are eventually going to put in a counter, and want it to be one surface instead of having two different levels.  This weekend we went to pick out counters, and left with about 50 samples. Oy!!

I really feel like this room is coming together, and will hopefully make doing laundry more enjoyable for me, since I feel like I do it 12 hours out of my day. Hah!