Broken Tile, Messy Grout, Bad Vanity Planning, and Paint Splatters

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!

Outlet Problems and Pre “Walkthrough” Completion

Even though our contractor said we only had a days work left on the bathroom, his guys were here late Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The bathroom still wasn’t finished come Friday night, so the workers told us they would be here Saturday. We really didn’t want them here Saturday since our cleaning ladies come, but we also wanted the project done.

They arrived at 8 am and didn’t leave until almost 7. You would think that the bathroom was done but nope, still work to do. By work I mean minor things like dry wall and paint touch ups, tons of grout touch ups, some grout cleanup. Nothing too major.

One big item that was installed Saturday was the new bathroom fan. The old one wasn’t very powerful and it had an attached light which was a good thing. The new one is more powerful but doesn’t have a light.

They noticed that after they installed the fan, none of the outlets in the bathroom worked. They kept trying to figure out the problem, but they ended up not being able to solve it.

It got a little frustrating because at one point they were trying to convince us that the outlets never worked in the first place. Umm don’t even try that with us, we know for a fact that those outlets worked. Eli has an electric toothbrush and it charged in his bathroom. I think I also used to do my hair in their when we were renovating our bathroom. Super frustrating that they would blame us.

They tried and tried to figure it out and it was a giant mystery as to what happened. Everything was wired correctly, it just didn’t make sense. We tried the breakers, that didn’t fix it, we knew the next step would be to get an electrician in which would have been on our dime.

That afternoon we decided to check the outlets in our bathroom since they are on the same circuit and sure enough our outlets weren’t working either. They were 100% working the previous night, heck even that morning. The only thing that could have possibly caused this was the new fan. David thought that maybe the fact that the new fan didn’t have a light had something to do with it since the “light” wire wasn’t being connected to anything anymore. Nope, that wasn’t the problem.

The workers were nervous for the contractor to find out so they told David they would bring in their electrician to fix it and would give us a good deal if we didn’t tell Steve, the main contractor. Slightly annoying we were expected to pay for this but oh well, whatever gets the outlets to work again.

They worked until 7pm when we finally had to kick them out since the kids needed to go to sleep. The grouting was finished, they hung the mirrors and hardware, and put up the towel bars. The next step was for us to blue tape the bathroom and buy the sealer so that it was all ready to walk through on Monday and we could finally say goodbye to our awful contractor.

We were hoping that there wasn’t much to blue tape, but man were we wrong. At least everything looks great in pictures right?

More Grout Progress and Other Fun Updates

The drama, I mean progress, continues…

The guys were working hard on the bathroom until 6:30 Wednesday night, 4:30 Thursday, we had to kick them out at 5 on Friday. And the contractor wanted a completion check the previous Wednesday…HAH

Anyway, they made a ton of progress from Wednesday through Friday. They pretty much finished grouting, they installed the shower head and faucet for the bath.

We were debating between using matte black hardware, shower head, and sink/ bath faucets. I’m so glad we went with chrome instead. I think it would have been a bit black overload. Agree?

As happy as we are with how it looks, we were starting to doubt our color choice for the grout. Black seems to be really tricky and messy to work with. Stay tuned!

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!

Back Aches, Teething, and Delays

It’s been a while since I have been able to write! For starters, the baby is officially teething. Eli was a really easy teether, half of the time we didn’t even know he was cutting a tooth. Dax is a whole other story.  He is in so much pain and there just is nothing that will help.  It’s messing with his naps, sleep, and personality.  This means it’s also messing with my blog time, but baby comes first!

You would think that there would have been a lot of progress with the house since the last post, but David also has been in some pain.  His back went out…again.  He hasn’t been able to work on Eli’s room because he is just in too much pain.  We have family here this upcoming weekend, so really not sure when the room will be finished.  Hopefully soon though because I am starting to feel really bad for Eli in his temporary room.  Poor guy has cardboard and towels for blinds and constantly asks about his big boy room.  Ideally, it is done by his birthday in November.  Here’s to wishful thinking.

Our contractor/ crew only worked 4 days last week and they didn’t work this Monday either.  So far we are 2-3 days behind with the renovation, but our bathroom is looking amazing. I am loving it so much and can’t wait to move back in there.  If you read my last post, you know that we were still trying to decide on grout.  Well, we finally made a decision after a ton of going back and forth.  We (and by we, I mean I- sorry David) decided to go with white grout and gray walls.  The white grout looks gorgeous against the white subway tile, and we knew we wanted to do gray walls, so I thought having gray walls, cabinets, floors, and grout would just be too much gray.  I think our contractor was thrilled with our decision, but he warned us that he’s never had any cleaning crew that could clean it properly, so I hope David is ready to put his cleaning gloves on because this girl right here is too short to clean all of those wall tiles.  Kidding, but not really!

Hopefully by the beginning of next week I have another update or two.  I think they are starting to rip out the floors of our entire upstairs, and start our laundry room next week.  Not sure if this means our bathroom will be finished or not, but we had to order our vanity lights, mirror, and all of the bathroom hardware, so that seems like it’s coming to an end…stay tuned!

*These pictures were taken at night if you can’t tell, David got home late and by the time he was able to unlock the door it was dark out. Ugh

Completed vanity wall DSC_0002DSC_0003Our shower- you can tell where they still have grouting to finish. Doesn’t it look pretty?!DSC_0006DSC_0007

Tile, Tile, and More Tile

Ah another Monday! I usually love the weekends just like anybody else does, but lately I can’t wait for them to be over so that we can continue to get our house worked on!

We are finally starting to get to the fun stuff of the master renovation.  Last week our cabinets arrived for our vanity, we picked out our counter, and our contractor picked up our floor tile and wall tile. In Compass Pointe, David tiled the back wall where our vanity was, and he also did a half wall around our tub. We loved the look and never got sick of it in the entire 18 months we lived there. So, we decided to go with subway tile for the backsplash and walls in this bathroom too.  It is clean and classic looking, and I think it’s good for resale as well.  We are going a gray and white color scheme, and since our vanity will be gray, we thought white was the appropriate choice for the subway tile.  Our homework for the weekend was to decide on a grout color and a paint color.  You would think this would be an easy task, but we are struggling! Part of me likes the idea of white walls and gray grout but then another part of be thinks that that would be too white.  We are also toying with the idea of white grout and gray walls but I get nervous that the white grout will get dirty and gross looking. Decisions decisions. Hopefully we figure it out soon!DSC_0001subway2subway