Ready to Start the Basement

Ahhh! So so sorry I have been MIA. Between Eli, Dax, and I, we have all been extremely sick. Too sick to really even function. We all had different things ranging from tonsillitis, bronchitis, ear infections, asthma, sinus infections, fevers, croup, pneumonia scares, broken bones, etc.  It also doesn’t help that I am 38 weeks pregnant and feel like I am a 90 year old who isn’t able to take care of themself!

David has been as helpful as he possibly could be despite working full time, and he’s done as much as he could with the house in between taking care of all of us.

I have a few progress updates I hope to share before this baby arrives!

Remember when I mentioned that David agreed to hire out the basement?  It took some convincing for sure, but he finally agreed to it and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

The painters scheduled us for August 14 to start the project. We had so much prepping to do.  We needed to remove all of the shelving, book cases, wall cubes, etc. from the walls and put it all in the middle of the basement. We also had to gather all of the kids’ toys, trucks, vehicles, trampolines, and everything else in the middle as well. David needed to finish some moldings, the bar he started months ago, and he decided to replace the bathroom vanity- but we will touch on that later.

On August 13, David reached out to the painter since we haven’t heard from him for a while.  He wanted to give him the paint colors we decided on, and ask for an ETA since we had a lot going on that day. We didn’t hear back from him. The next morning, still no word. David reached out 2 times, nothing. I was telling a friend about it who uses him often, and she said he is really bad at returning messages but always shows up around 9:30. 9:30 rolls around, no show. 10:00, nothing. David finally decided to call and sure enough the painter told him he was delayed and would need to come back the next week.  That was that.

Not only was there tons of prep work David rushed to do, but the kids also lost their main play space, and it was just one more week we couldn’t get the basement ready before the baby gets here! But, what can we do?!

Let’s fast forward to Sunday night. David reaches out again, asking when they were planning on showing up this week. We wanted to plan our week around it. No response. Hours later we hear back, and the painter says “Can we reschedule to September 20?”

First of all, no, no we can’t reschedule to September 20. We were both livid, but we also thought maybe he meant August 20th. Doubtful, but it’s always good to give somebody the benefit of the doubt, right? David wanted to respond with something rude, but I told him to breathe and give himself a little time before responding. He decided to go with “I’m sorry, did you mean August 20? September won’t work as we are having a baby next week” Well, that worked out well. He got an instant response with “we will see you Wednesday” Hallelujah!

So, on Wednesday they started the basement and all we need is for this baby to stay put for at least one more week!

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.

Sick

I know I promised for some updates, but I have been so unbelievably sick.  So sick that David had to take off work, and he even slept in the basement all week. Poor guy.  Anyway, because our room was quarantined, he couldn’t finish my closet like he swore he would this week. He also was on daddy duty all week so he was too exhausted (I assume) to do any other projects in the house.  It’s always something.  I don’t care how sick I am this weekend, the closet is going to be finished. Period.  I also really don’t know what project should come next, so let the stress continue.

Have a  great weekend!

Big Boy Room Progress…Kind Of

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!

Pantry Floors

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!

Flooring Hiccup

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.

Pantry Paint

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!!