Sunday, March 11, 2012

Second Choice

The construction project continues.  How long has it been - two years or three?

What????  Only six weeks?  Unpossible.

On other renovations, we have done the majority of the work ourselves, but this was not going to happen this time - the job was too big, too extensive and we no longer wanted to take 11 months of doing all weekend work to complete it. So it is our first time with a contractor.

When it was our job to do, we knew what to buy and had the materials either ahead of time or knew what was coming and when.  Not so much here.

Things here have changed so much even in these six weeks.  While I won't say we are settling exactly, most of the materials we have selected we have had to reselect. Some even re-reselect.

Our floor tile? As you seen in the image, it should have been the middle tile, but the boxes that came were mixed in with the other two - oh and there wasn't enough of the kind we selected in either the boxes or stock. So back to beginning.

Picking new floor tile created clashing with the paint on the walls, so picking a new colour and repainting was in order. I guess we should be happy that the granite had not yet been cut, as it didn't work with the floor either. And the new granite we picked was out of stock, so we went on to a third selection.

Oh, and the wall sconces we ordered are no longer manufactured (new ones selected and ordered) and the light fixture in the dressing room is back ordered until April.  The contractor wants us to pick another one, but I am not budging on this. I want one thing we picked originally to be in there. I'll wait.

You probably don't want to know of the shower tile placement we were unhappy with and had them rip part of it down and redo. It's not that we are ultra-picky, just that they did a sub-standard job that we still would have to pay full-price for.  Nu-huh.  Not happening.

Of course, we are over budget.  SHOCK!  Oddly, we are only a little off schedule.  We'll see as this upcoming week wraps up how far off we'll be. I'm guessing eight days.

I know the job is not over, but I have a laundry list of lessons learned. These are mistakes I will not be making again when we do another project.

Yes, there will be another project.  I don't know when or what, but there are things to do - that need to be done. However, I gave dagger-eyes to 710 the other morning as he was reading an article on kitchen renovations and he started talking ideas.

Too soon.  Too soon.

Song by:  Any Trouble


Anonymous said...

Ah, the problems of the petit bourgeois.

cb said...

I understand your frustration. Everything I like for renos ends up being crazy expensive and on back order.

I am hesitant to do my kitchen backsplash....

Unknown said...

I couldn't imagine owning a house, much less a bathroom renovation, but I have watched a lot of HGTV.

I wish you the best of luck in managing it all!

Ur-spo said...

Hang in there; it ends and you will be happy with the results.

Erik Rubright said...

You could totally donate to the "Help Erik finish his bathroom renovation that he's been doing himself for the last 2 years" project... ;-)

Actually, at this point I think I'm just going to blow the house up.