Basement Progress: Patching and Ceiling

Even with the week long delay, our painters are efficient and seriously do the best job. It makes sense why they are so busy and always delayed, everybody out here wants to use them!!

They arrived at 8am last week and left before 4. They got so much done their first day from patching all of the holes, repairing drywall, and painting the ceiling. I think when David walked through to see the progress, there was a huge sigh of relief that he decided against painting this himself. It is a ton of work, but this makes me even more excited to see how it looks primed and painted.

Hiring out the Basement

I’ve mentioned multiple times now that the new rule with our home renovation is that if David doesn’t finish by the timeline I give him, we will be hiring out the next project (or portions of it).

I will admit I’ve been giving him some wiggle room with certain things, but when it comes to the basement, it’s a non negotiable.

Months ago David agreed to hire the basement out. I allowed him to knock down and build the new bar, build the built in media unit, redo the floors, and some other minor things. He said we can hire out the drywall and paint. Not completely sure what happened, but we never followed through with our painter, and the basement has been at a standstill since February/ March.

We spent so much time organizing and going through a lot of our stuff and finally felt like we were in a good place for the kids to play down there and have play dates down there. Well, that went out the door…quickly.

The basement is beyond a hot mess. It gives me so much anxiety even being down there. I pretty much am down there just to work out with my boyfriend, I mean Peloton. Not to mention the spiders down there. Yikes!!

After David finished Dax’s big boy room by his deadline, he admitted that he really didn’t want to do the basement. Not sure if it was my lack in pressure or what, but I couldn’t be more relieved, thrilled, happy, ecstatic that we are hiring out this project.

They start in August which means we have to go through everything. I’m tired of just organizing boxes and bins. I want to use this as an opportunity to go through every box and every bin and purge purge purge.

So far we have gotten through the storage closet and have a long way to go, but by doing a little bit each night, we are sure to get this done before August!

I can’t wait to finally have a clean and organized space that doesn’t give me anxiety, and yes I know I’ve said this before!

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!