A couple of weekends ago, I caught David staring out of our kitchen window with that look he always gets when he has an idea for a project. I creepily watched him for a little and then finally asked him “what????” He of course responded with “nothing” as he usually does, and proceeds to say “well, just trying to figure out what to do with this patio”.
I heard him out, and not sure why I was so surprised to hear that he wanted to tackle this himself. I mean it’s not like he’s in the middle of our mudroom and pantry/planning center- he told me it would be finished in January. It’s also not like we have a punch list of 283748474894 things and a nursery to get started (yes, I’m pregnant again and never announced it). Ahhh!!
I respectfully kept listening, but then told him maybe it was a good idea to get some bids from local companies. We had two guys come over a day later and somebody else the following week.
After receiving three bids, we went with a guy who brought us samples and created a 3D layout of what the patio would look like.
We wanted it to look pretty, but we also didn’t want to spend too much since we most likely won’t live in this house forever. We figured, if we decide to stay, we can add on things like a fire pit, outdoor kitchen, etc.
They arrived at the house by 8am on a Wednesday morning and the entire patio was demoed before 4. Ya, that would have taken David weeks, if not months. The men working on the yard were super respectful and even cleaned up the best they could by the end of the day. It was definitely a good start to the project!
David has been working a lot on our basement lately. A couple of weeks ago we demolished the clunky bar it has changed so much. David kept cutting it and cutting it until it was the size we wanted. I think that it is the perfect size now, and once we have the overhanging top, it will look even bigger.
Since the bar was built from oak, it isn’t the easiest to work with, and I don’t like the look of just painting over oak. We thought it would be easiest, and look best if we used ship lap over the existing bar.
It looks so great, and once the floors and counters are in, we can paint everything and be officially done with this basement!
Our contractor and his employees came over Friday morning to start the demo for Eli and Dax’s bathroom. I forgot how unbelievably loud and dusty this part of a project is. The bathroom is above our kitchen, and I was really nervous that our giant mirror would come off of the wall. We did lose one light bulb from our light fixture.
By the time I picked up E from school, came home, made lunch, and ate lunch, they were done. This was just in time for naps so that worked out in our favor for sure.
They didn’t run into any problems, so hopefully the rest of the remodel goes just as smoothly!
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.
Sorry for the delay in posts. We had a death in the family so we were out of town for a little bit. We were hoping to come home to a completed (or pretty much completed) house, but we came back to our hood in the kitchen, and a pendant light above the island. Not sure how I feel about the lack of progress lately…
Anyway, now that you have seen the the kitchen demo, here is the laundry room demo! I know a lot of people don’t mind having their laundry room on the first floor, but we have had ours on the second floor (or third if you count the basement) in every house we have owned. I personally like it so much up there, especially with kids. I am constantly doing laundry and I don’t see the point in schlepping clothes up and down the stairs. Since we started the remodel 4.5 months after moving in, we got to experience laundry on the main level. We thought maybe we wouldn’t mind it and would decide to not move it upstairs, but we quickly realized that we were so used to it being upstairs and it was a major struggle having it downstairs. We also didn’t think we needed a 5th bedroom upstairs, so it made sense to convert one to the laundry room right? Anyway, our old laundry room will officially become our mudroom. It’s going to be so nice to come in from the garage and have a designated place to put coats and dirty, snowy, or wet boots. Can’t. Wait!