Blue Tape and No Final Walkthrough

One thing that we were asked to do, was walk through the bathroom and blue tape anything we might need to be fixed.

David and I walked through and found so many things, it really wasn’t even worth blue taping. I figured that when Monday rolled around, I would basically tell the guys that they need to clean up their grout job as it is thicker in some places and thinner in others. It looked like David could have done it and the point of paying money for a contractor was so that it looked more professional than David’s grout job (not that there’s anything wrong with David’s grout job), we just wanted a professional look.

Fixing the electrical problems from the weekend was on our punch list, there was some bad dry wall work and painting that needed fixing, sealing the counters and shower, and then just cleaning up so that the bathroom could finally be used.

When the guys showed up they weren’t thrilled that we didn’t blue tape- understandably so. I showed them where the grout looked good which was pretty much one side of the shower, and explained that that was how I wanted the grout to look everywhere. He told me that because we picked black grout, it’s very dark and really hard to get perfect. He said if we looked at the grout in our master bathroom and kitchen we wouldn’t notice the imperfections because it’s white and light gray. That makes total sense but I still think that they could do a much better job considering they are professionals. They shouldn’t blame their work on our color choice.

I mentioned the dry wall and he gave me attitude about it, and lastly I said the electric needed to be fixed because we weren’t paying until it was fixed. He proceeded to blame us again and said that they have already done enough free stuff for me and they wouldn’t fix this too. Umm what?? What free stuff he was talking about I had no idea. I obviously asked and he said that they hung the towel bars and mirrors for us and that wasn’t in the contract. That was super confusing to me. Never met a contractor that doesn’t include hanging mirrors to complete a bathroom. Thanks for the free work I guess?? I told him that David cut his foot and wasn’t able to get the sealer for the bathroom. Don’t worry everyone, that wasn’t in the contract either so he wasn’t going to seal even if we had it. Ridiculous.

At around 2:30-3:00, the guys packed everything up, left, and that was that. Our main contractor, Steve, told David he would be over at 5:15 to collect the completion check and we also assumed he would do a final walkthrough like our last contractor (and I think most contractors?).

David rushed to get home in time and was pretty nervous to see Steve since we hadn’t talked to him or seen him since the previous week when he called and attacked me over the phone. 5:20 rolls around, no Steve. 5:40, no Steve. 6:00 and he finally shows up. Some nerve not letting us know he would be that late.

Anyway, he showed up, had zero desire to see the completed bathroom and just wanted the check. David was way nicer than I would have been. I would have demanded that he looked at the bathroom especially since David didn’t even see the final product yet!

Steve left without seeing the bathroom, with his check, and fortunately we never have to see this man again. Let’s just say, I was fuming and all I could think about was writing my review on this awful man and the horrific way he does business.

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!

Working Through the Weekend

Things are moving along quickly for the bathroom reno. We had two guys here Saturday working throughout the morning and afternoon. They got a lot done in a short amount of time!

All of the cement board is up, dry wall is patched, and the tub is installed.

When it was time for the boys to take a bath on Friday night, Dax was hysterical and confused why his bath wasn’t in his bathroom. It was a full blown meltdown, so even though he can’t use his new tub yet, he’s very excited that it is in!

While the Boys Nap

I am so thankful that the boys nap so well.  Eli still naps from 1:30-3:30 and Dax naps from 9:30-10:30 and 1:30-3.  This break is so needed during the week, it is my only chance to workout, prep meals, catch up on emails, etc.  During the weekend, this is the time David likes to get projects done.  Lately, a lot of these projects require cutting and loud noises, so we are trying to avoid that during nap time.  It’s crazy because the boys lived through noise and chaos when the contractors were here for months and months.  But, now that they are used to peace and quiet again, one loud nap might throw them off for a few days, and this mama doesn’t need that!

Obviously the mudroom is the current big project that we are working on, but David said it will be really loud, so this is on pause and we started the laundry room up again. He mudded some of the wall on Saturday, and then sanded it on Sunday.  Even though it made a dusty mess (right after the housekeepers came of course), the walls are smooth and are ready for priming.  This will make the room look so much lighter and cleaner and will take us one step closer to painting, wallpaper, and cabinets. Is it weird I am so excited for a laundry room to be finished?A little sidetone, Eli is having surgery on Thursday, so I will be taking a short break to take care of him, but hopefully recovery is quick and I can post house updates ASAP.

Have a great rest of the week!

Bye Bye Spiders

My family starts to arrive tomorrow to celebrate Dax’s first birthday! I still am in such disbelief that he is going to be one.  This year has been one of the craziest of my life and I really think that I deserve a celebration more than Dax does- sorry Daxy!

Before all of the chaos happens, I thought I would share a basement update.  With the weather changing to 95 degrees and humid- we are seeing a lot more bugs around here. Specifically- spiders. I absolutely hate spiders, and it’s shocking Eli does too since “Itsy Bitsy” is his favorite nursery rhyme.

My friend here has serious arachnophobia, so she told me about this man who apparently is a bug guru. He can smell your house and tell you what bugs you have. He came over last week and he is quite the character. I kind of want more bugs just so I can hang out with him again. He walked through our entire house and sprayed inside and out in all of the places where Dax wouldn’t be able to get to. When he took a look at the basement he commented on our open wall.

We had a flood in our basement around when we first moved in. We got everything fixed properly, but David decided to save money and patch up the dry wall himself. Go figure, right? We obviously have had so much going on, so fixing the wall just didn’t seem important and we have had opened walls ever since. The open walls also mean many spiders according to the bug guy. He informed me that he could spray and spray and spray but until that wall is closed off, there’s no way the spiders will stay away.

David got a ton done this weekend- all of our closets have doors now yay!!!! There’s obviously still major projects and minor details too but we thought it was time to finally close up the basement walls. It didn’t take him long, and I feel so much more comfortable knowing the spiders will stay away for the most part now!

Obviously we still need to mud, sand, paint etc, but the most important part is done so that’s what counts- for now!

Drywall and Prime

A little while ago I shared the project that David and my dad were working on upstairs. We removed the railing and built a half-wall on top of the stairs.  I personally like how it looks more, and it is 1928730473847x safer for our wild toddler.

David spent a few hours mudding the wall since it wasn’t the smoothest, and our contractor offered to help finish it off.  I think that was their way of saying they didn’t like David’s work, but I could be wrong (I’m probably not though hah).  Anyway, the wall looks great now and David went ahead and primed it this weekend, along with some of the hallway.  Even with primer, the hallway looks so much brighter and cleaner. I know I mentioned this before, but I just don’t understand how mustard yellow, and bright blue walls does any house any favors.  Covering this all up has been such a disaster, but it makes us appreciate this process that much more.

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Closing Off the Kitchen

As you all know, we are building a new kitchen and are converting the old kitchen into a pantry and the old laundry room into a mudroom.  We knocked down the wall separating the old kitchen eating area from the old family room (new kitchen) which basically created one giant room.  We love the old eating area because there are such pretty bay windows, so we decided to build a wall to separate the old kitchen from the new one, but we kept the eating area in the new kitchen. Confusing, I know. Basically, we just moved a wall if that makes more sense.  This wall will separate the new kitchen from the new pantry. The wall looks great and makes the kitchen look so much more complete. I am loving the look, but am even more excited for the amount of space we will have in our new pantry.  It is going to be absolutely insane!

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