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!
I love the hexagon tiles in the boys’ bathroom so much. I knew we had to have it when I came across an inspiration picture on Pinterest. We couldn’t decide if we wanted to do a black grout, or white, and ultimately we went with white to make the black pop a little bit more. I know that these floors are going to show every mark, and speck of dirt, but it is so worth it, because they look so freaking good!! Even the boys love it which makes me so happy.
Every time Dax walks by he goes “wwwwwwwwooowwww!!” and Eli also always makes a point to look at the floors when he goes upstairs. So glad that we took the risk of having a black floor in a bathroom.
I mentioned on Monday that David messed up the spacing on the tiles in our laundry room. Since we used dark gray grout, it is really obvious. In fact, David showed a co-worker pictures of the laundry room and he noticed the floor right away. David said that because he took so many days to complete the floor, it made it hard to get the spacing right. Who knows, but it has to be fixed so this laundry room doesn’t look DIY.
Once we complete the basement, we can go back to fix and finish the never ending laundry room project.
Can you spot the spacing issues?
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we also tore out the closet in the laundry room, and that obviously included the carpet that was left in there.
After David ripped out the carpet, it was time to prep the floors so that he could tile them. He spent a lot of last week prepping, and this weekend tiling. We ran out of grout, but after a quick run to Home Depot the floors should be done this week!
Between the cabinets being installed and the floors almost being done, this laundry room is hopefully on track to be completed in a month or so.
Wishful thinking, right?
Well, it is officially Fall. Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons, but when it comes to renovating this house, it probably is my least favorite because we are always extremely busy which gives us little time for the house projects. Between all of the Jewish holidays, sports classes for the kids, sickness, and birthday parties almost every weekend, it is hard to get a minute in to do much with the house.
Last week, it was Yom Kippur and David went away for a business trip. I also got really sick during the weekend so David was on 24/7 daddy duty and couldn’t get too much done- although he thinks he got a lot done.
The air vent in our laundry room has just become this annoying problem. We want to make sure that there is enough airflow, but between the cabinet and where the vent is located, it’s been really difficult to deal with. David had to rip out the flooring and cut a big hole to make it work. After a ton of dust, noise, and a lot of work, the vent is exactly how we wanted it.
A little while back, I mentioned that we had to clear out the mud room so that there was a place for our dog to stay in if we left the house. We were tired of cleaning up his pee around the house, so clearing out the mudroom was definitely a priority.
Although it was cleared out, it still isn’t completed. There was still flooring to be done, moldings to put up, oh and still the need to build a bench, cabinets, cubbies, a sink, etc just to name a few.
Last weekend, David finished the flooring and started putting up the baseboard, and trim. He also measured and designed the bench and cubbies. We are going for a simpler look but it’s going to be functional and clean looking! I can’t wait!