Monday, April 14, 2008

Two out of Three

One of the contractors we received quotes from told us there is a saying in the renovation business "you can get two out of three of the following things: quality, cost, time". It seems in this project we got cost and time. Sort of. They did finish Friday and we were able to move our things back upstairs by Saturday morning. But, they weren't really finished. The shoe molding was covering in polyurethane stains, the molding on the stairwell was damaged and the vents did not fit back into the flooring as they did not cut it right. Oh, and the side of the staircase was not completed because "he's not that creative". Um. . . OK? Over all, the floors look great, the stairs look good. There are some areas of the stairs where the stain dripped and left darker marks, and they were certainly not careful with the stain near the walls. They are coming back today to finish up.

Oh, and the house looked like it was on a beach vacation. Everything. I mean EVERYTHING is covered in dust from the sanding. I packed all my things into the two upstairs bathrooms and the downstairs. They left the bathroom doors open, left and opening in the plastic, and did not fix the plastic around the closets when it started to droop. Oh, and they clogged our toilet. It was, um, unpleasant. They dropped by on Saturday and I asked them to unclog it. But, it's. . .well, dirty now. I don't want to clean it. I want to blow it up and never see it again. I have been hovering on it for two days. Hovering at home? Not fun.

Thankfully my folks were in town this weekend as they helped us for a while on Saturday moving and cleaning. The house is now in a livable state - it just needs to be polished up. When we dropped by on Friday to open the back gate for them, my Mom practically ran from the house. It was a zoo.

Oh, and in the middle of all this i had the outside of the house painted. Although the color was not was I was expecting it to be, it looks pretty good. Pictures to come later of that.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of the floors:

Stairs Before:

Stairs During:

Stairs "After":

Side of Stairs:

Upstairs Hall Before:

Upstairs Hall After (from other angle):

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Injuries Obtained

  • Sprained Toe/Foot: 1
  • Blood Blisters: 2
  • Splinters under fingernail: 1
  • Bird Shit on me: 1
  • Eye Injuries: 3
  • Burns: 0
  • Falls off ladder: 0 (this is because we don't have a ladder yet)
  • Headaches: too many to itemize
  • Broken Bones: 0
  • Bandages Needed: 5
  • Electric Shocks: 2
  • Stiches: 0
  • Bruises: way too many