February 11, 2010

House update

Filed under: home improvement — origamifreak @ 9:28 pm
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Finally – FINALLY, it looks like the nightmare is over.

The new contractor came and worked a lot with a helper over the past week, rebuilt the crappy stairs that the ex-con ex-contractor built (where every tread and riser was a different depth and height), finished putting the floor down, installed the shades I ordered, finished all the painting, fixed the broken wiring that the last guy left (grr), swapped out the ivory outlets and switchplates for white, installed closet doors, etc etc etc.

They officially finished yesterday but he’ll come back on Saturday to give me my key and get the final paycheck.  He will also do any last -minute things we forgot (and I’ve found a couple – some switchplates and outlets that need to be replaced/installed, etc.)

I can finally finally finally breathe a sigh of relief, and consider this long, long, long, frustrating and painful chapter of my life CLOSED, and set my house back up and MOVE ON.

There are some things left by the last guy which aren’t worth trying to fix – semi-gloss that sloppily ended up on the ceiling when they painted the walls and shines weirdly when there’s lots of light, a small hole in the wall in the bathroom and a poorly-cut frame on the pocket door that I’ll have to fill, but it’s done as it’s going to be, and I will live with it.

This guy is everything the last one was not.  He showed up when he said he would, did the job, did it well, and GOT IT DONE. No personal drama, no lies, no crap, no bullshit.  No children at the job site.  No calls from his wife at 3am.  No requests for advances to pay for vehicle repairs.  No joint ashes in the bathroom or laundry room.  I am very very grateful.  This was a thankless job to get, cleaning up someone else’s mess, and he did it professionally.

I’m already talking with him about redoing my kitchen next winter.  It will involve gutting the whole thing and chopping out walls and putting in cabinets and replacing the walls with an L-shaped island.  It’s going to be awesome.  My neighbors have done this to their houses that are just like mine and it really opens up the space.

Kudos to my friends who recommended the replacement guy, and hooray.


July 17, 2009

New Contractor – I hope.

Filed under: home improvement — origamifreak @ 8:09 am
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Interviewed a new contractor last night about finishing the job.  He comes recommended as a long-time personal and professional acquaintance of some people at work.

He says he will fix the siding in the next 2 weeks, but the interior stuff will have to wait until September.  This is understandable, and I appreciate it.

The other thing I appreciate is that he apparently knows “Bob.”  His comment was, “Yeah, he’s not all there.”  Which just about sums it up.  And meant I didn’t need to spend much time explaining why I’d fired someone who was almost done.  The planks we have aren’t enough to cover the floor of the remaining room so I need to order at least 2 more boxes in addition to the stair nose.

So now I can focus on getting my new blinds and dealing with the weeds in my garden and taking care of the things I can control.

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