Almost finished!

With the exception of the kitchen – still have a problem with the installation of the dishwasher but hopefully that will be fixed soon!  Plus, the logs are installed but the – I’m not sure what you call it – deflector, maybe? – still has to be put in so that the mantel doesn’t get so hot.   All in all, though, I am almost there.  Now to move the rest of my stuff in!  Since I am almost all done (deadline Christmas, which means the second week of January), I tried to take some pictures to compare to the original pictures and here they are:

Front of the house – no need to repost the “old” picture since it is the masthead…:

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Side of the front of the house:

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Bathroom – after extending it about 3 feet because it was beyond claustrophobic before:

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The living room – there are a couple of angles here and the Christmas tree did force me to move around what is normally in the “picture window” but hey, it’s Christmas! I made a couple of comments about getting a 3 or 4 foot tree and my sister-in-law went crazy about my not-even-here-yet Charlie Brown Christmas tree so I just got a big one. 🙂

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Ack – wrong angle!

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Fireplace:

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Kitchen:

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Removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen really opened everything up!

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The den/office:

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All of the saloon doors are gone!

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That chair will be painted and have a seat eventually…

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Got a question about updates…

Well, I am living here. I hate to post “final” pictures since they wouldn’t really be final.  I am still waiting on the Florence Carpet and Tile people to fix the dishwasher problem.  The bathroom is finished but there is one piece of molding that needs to be painted because I added it last – and the painter apparently threw his back out and he needs to come back to paint the side of the doors that were shaved off to make up for the new hinges not being as thick as the 80 year old hinges they replaced.

The fireplace has been tiled and grouted and looks great but I think I amalso adding some molding to the surround of the quartz hearth.  Also, the mantel needs to be painted.

My brother and I went through my dad’s stuff from his office again so we could get past to my stuff that I’ve been storing in Mom’s garage and finally reached my stuff so I can move it in!

So, one more light fixture to hang, a little more painting, molding around the hearth, move a bed and chest of drawers, get some chairs upholstered, find my garlic press in Mom’s garage/wine cellar plus my big pot, finish painting the two armchairs for the dining room and get all of these paint cans and leftover tiles out of my house and it might be over?

If I can get the nephews to get the tile from the house to the shed tomorrow, I will be really happy!  I think they will do it!  Just a couple more weeks!  🙂

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Post of Complaints…

Here I am, very near the end of this remodel, and I have continued to discover problems with past work from DB, problems with work from NF and the FC&T team, and have held off for two whole days writing a post on the matter but just can’t wait any longer.

Here’s my list of crap:

Vinyl Siding – Above the living room picture window there is a row falling into the house showing a big gap and it looks like crap.

Cable – Time Warner sent their contractor to hook up the cable and he was unable to do so since DB ripped the cable box off of the house and CUT the cable to the street and threw it into the bushes or cut it close to the ground & covered it up & we can’t find it.  According to my brother, the cable guy, all you have to do is remove the box from the house, put up the vinyl siding, and reattach the box to the house, or if you don’t want to reattach it, call TWC and they will put it back up.  All very simple.

Phone – DB did the same thing with the phone box and AT&T will charge me to reinstall the phone line from the street.

Dishwasher – This is the biggest bone of contention – NF installed the cabinets all wonky and out of line and the DW can’t be installed correctly meaning I can’t open three drawers.  DB would blame all of this squarely on NF, but DB fucked the floors up so much that I’m sure that contributed to the wonkiness of the cabinets.  Don’t drop a ball on my floors because it may just end up in another room.  Also, I called Florence Carpet and Tile since the New Guy said the cabinet plan was to blame since there weren’t enough spacers to ensure the shit will all open.  I called Monday.  I was told that the “plan” called for two 3 inch spacers in the corner and if NF only put in one 3 inch and one 1 inch, he wasn’t following the plan.  That’s what NF did.  I also told the New Guy that the DW wasn’t even installed correctly – it should be flush with the cabinets but he says it’s the cabinet lady, the cabinet lady says it’s the installer and I’m sure the installer will blame somebody.  Nice to never have to take any responsibility for anything.

To add insult to injury, the cabinet lady said on Monday that she would call me on Tuesday morning to set up a time to come over and look at the kitchen and it is now Wednesday night and she has not called me.  Oh, but to REALLY add insult to injury, that same store polished and cut a piece of my leftover countertops to use as the hearth of my fireplace and was supposed to deliver it last Friday.  He never showed.  I asked the cabinet lady about that and she said he did deliver it because it was on his schedule.  I said he didn’t because it’s not there.  She said she would also check on that and talk to me about that on Tuesday.  No call back, no fucking hearth – BUT I DID GET A BILL for the labor.  Are you freaking kidding me?

Outlets/light switches – all are crooked.

Laundry room – the plug for the washing machine doesn’t work.

Doors – My new doors aren’t square.  Not at all.  I can see light around the front door.  The back door – well, let’s just say my brother had to chisel that shit out just to let me use the deadbolt even after the new guys routed it out since DB had it all f’ed up.

Closets – DB threw away all of the closet poles and shelves – like I couldn’t have used those again?  Especially in the coat closet. After he threw all of those out, I figured he was either selling off my crap or giving it to his Craig’s List Killers – I mean workers – to have or sell so I put an end to throwing potentially useful shit away.  But I still don’t have anything to hang my coats on.

Bathroom extension was built on top of a hydrangea that I have now asked both DB and NG to dig up and get out of there and it is now underneath the house.

Floors – I already stated they are crooked and slanted but there is a dip in the dining room that is so big a snake could come in.

I’m not even finished yet but am stopping.

Now, for the only positive thing to report, and surprisingly it has to do with Time Warner, they are coming back out tomorrow to hopefully put in a temporary above-ground line to hook my shit up until the under-ground guys come find the damn cable that DB probably hid just to punish me for complaining about him.

After a PAINFULLY long wait on hold and then a painful conversation with whatever asshole dares call himself a customer service representative, who spent the conversation telling me they couldn’t come back until the cable was buried underground and even if I already had a cable underground, they couldn’t come back because there was now a work order in the system to install an underground cable.  After repeating himself to me thinking that would make me hang up, I asked for his supervisor.  She started off snotty, “I understand you have already been told…”

Bitch?  Please.  No, really, “Yes, I was told that by your guy, but my brother, who is a TWC tech says that the guy, who is not a TWC employee but an independent contractor, should have done a temp line.”  Her, “Wait, who?”  Me, “Let me just let you talk to him.”

Alan (and when he gets all technical he sounds like the adults on Charlie Brown to me):  “Yeah, this is blah-de-blah, tech # blah, and there is a buried cable with a jump-to-wonk-wonk-wonk, wonk-wonk-wonk, wah-wah-wah – Yes, I know this because I did it over a year ago…  Yes, I did the work on this house and I know it’s there because I put it there when the other people lived here…  My number is blah…  Yes.  I am telling you they can and if I were doing it from the get-go that’s what would have been done.  Yes they can send someone back out.  We do that all the time.  Just send them back and not a contractor…  No, put that in there – an actual Time Warner tech not the other guys…  Okay.”

Ten minutes later, I get a call from the local TWC office to schedule a new appointment for tomorrow morning.  See, if he were a lawyer, I wouldn’t have cable tomorrow.  But if I were a TWC tech, he wouldn’t have been released on his own recognizance when his ex-wife/Satan trumped up charges.  We are the yin and yang of siblings.  Unless I don’t have cable tomorrow.

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Backsplash! Plus furniture and bathroom progress!

Remember this?

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Sometimes I have to go back and look at the old pictures just to make sure I am making progress!

Here is the kitchen today – no grout yet, but the backsplash is up!  I LOVE it!

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My sofa and chair are back from the upholsterer:

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I couldn’t take pictures of the bathroom because the painters were in there but the NG took down the molding that was there that I didn’t like and put up more and it looks really good. The cabinet doors are also up and painted. I will get some pictures soon!

Here’s the niece’s action video with the couch:

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No updates for a while but we are getting there.

Last week, I went to the tile store where they have my leftover countertop and gave them the dimensions to cut and polish the piece for the hearth of the fireplace.  I got a call back that it was one inch shorter than the depth I requested.  Crap.  I went back and remeasured – that one inch was extra so the shorter width will be fine!  Whew!  That piece should be ready next week.

The guys started on the backsplash Friday – well, they did the wiring for the undercabinet lighting, anyway, and cut out the drywall back there to (I am assuming) (1) install the wires and (2) because it was so lumpy and crappy looking they needed a flat surface so the tile would lay flat. Not sure what OF was planning to do with that lumpy mess of shit, but hey, I’m sure he would have rigged up something shitty that would have worked. I am also not sure how OF was planning on installing any of the undercounter lighting since the new guys have had to remove all of the insulation that I had put in the entire house, but saved it to replace it, I suppose.

The painter is coming back in the a.m. to tell me how much paint and primer I need to get for the bathroom. He will get that knocked out in a couple of days, maybe three, I hope, and then they can install the toilet and vanity! I am trying to decide on a color for the bathroom and put up a couple of shades from some samples but haven’t decided and forgot to take a picture.

I did take a picture of the fireplace – I want to go with a color other than white for the mantel – these are both gray, but one is a lot darker. I’m just going to have to wait until the hearth and tile are in to make a decision, I think.

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I put the guest bed together this weekend. The instructions from Ikea made a sad face on the cartoon trying to put it together by himself and a happy face when he/it had a friend. I did it by myself so suck it, Ikea! Again, no picture – not yet!

P.S.  Guess who is skipping town?  It’s not me!

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Floors are done!

They said we could walk on them Saturday, probably, but no workers tromping over them until at least Monday. I think that we will not walk on them until at least Sunday and check with the new guys to see if they think I should put anything on top of the floors like old carpet pieces or something to protect them while they finish the bathroom and kitchen.

I really hope these aren’t too shiny. I had thought I wanted a satin finish since I’m not a big fan of super shiny, but the floor guy, when he put the sample stain on the floor, said a semi-gloss wasn’t shiny-shiny and I didn’t want to go too flat. They are still sticky, or were when I took the picture so maybe they will tone down a bit after a while.

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In other news, the upholsterer picked up my couch and the chair that matches it that we found up in the attic at Dad’s office. He said he’ll be done by Wednesday or Thursday! Not a lot of time there, huh? I knew he was fast, but not that fast!

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Backsplash and fireplace tile came in!

I went by the store to pay the balance on the tile and got a sheet of each to bring home with me. Here’s the backsplash:

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And here’s the fireplace tile:

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Yay! Now I just have to wait until the floors are done to get the new guys back over to make sure I ordered enough of some pencil tile to finish off the backsplash at the peninsula. I think I need another piece. Crap!

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More bathroom progress and a nice surprise!

I called the new guys today to tell them that there was a problem with one of the tiles in the bathroom. Before I did that, though, I made Jennifer come over and look at the tile to make sure I wasn’t being ridiculous. Nope, she agreed, that would be the ONLY thing I would see when I went into the bathroom, and now that she knows it’s there, she would always see it, too. So, since I can’t have my friends coming over and staring at my wacky tile, I called. No problem, they’ll fix it. Will they charge me by the hour to fix their screw up like other people? Nope.

So, not only did they fix the tile, I also asked about the vanity and toilet. Since I got an open vanity, they think Mr. White needs to paint before it is installed. I agree but what about when the floor guys come? Doesn’t it need to be moved? They agreed. And, he adds, “They’re over there right now.” So today after work I expected to see beadboard up and the vanity and toilet at least sitting in the bathroom. I had already asked my sister-in-law about hiring the s-nephew this weekend to help me get the old toilet out, moving around the stuff that is on the floors and getting the paper up that is protecting the sanded floors, as well as vacuuming or sweeping. She said he would love to! Then I did go down the street after work and that’s when I found my surprise!

The s-nephew is out of a job because the new guys cleaned up everything! I may still sweep or take the vacuum down there, just so the floor guys have one less thing to do before they start.

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P.S.  Somebody please clean the lens of my camera!  It is filthy and no matter what I do – spots!  Ugh!

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Grout!

Grout is down or in or up or whatever you are supposed to say!  🙂

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Bathroom progress!

They got the tile down today – next step is to grout!

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