Friday, June 10, 2011


Here's the thing I've noticed about the construction business. The vendors seem to 'check out' before the job is finished. They move on to the next job, get that next draw, leave the previous client, holding the toilet paper roll dispenser, in their rear view mirrors as they head down the road to the next cash cow. Yeah, you might've guessed that I'm not a happy camper. You'd be so right. I asked the contractor to move a phone jack/line down and add an outlet for a phone table. The electrician wasn't happy about performing this task. Fine. If I needed to call the phone company to move the phone jack, just say so. But don't cop attitude and then drag your sorry ass over and eff up the entire job. Notice how far he moved the jack???? That is a light switch next to it!!! I don't even have room to put the face plate back on the light switch now. And thank you for replacing the antideluvian jack cover. Nice touch!!! Then there is the outlet at the exact same height. Really??? Do most people like the aesthetic of running electrical cords vertically up their walls??? I just can't believe in this economy, with vendors moaning and groaning about loss of revenue, that this kind of lack of attention to detail and shoddy workmanship is even a remote possibility. I'm just sharpening my fangs for when the contractor shows up...

Monday, June 6, 2011

It's Deja Vu All Over Again!

From this opening in the kitchen ceiling...

...we woke up to this mess on the floor! Somehow our truss work has caused a leak in our ceiling. Water damage is the main reason we started this renovation and now we're faced with water damage in the middle of the construction phase. This situation has become the sequel to the Tom Hanks "comedy", 'The Money Pit.' I thought that movie was funny enough when I first saw it, but I wasn't yet a tax-paying, mortgage-owing home buyer. So, while I'm waiting to ambush my contractor, I thought I'd get my frustrations out by posting to Blogger. That was cathartic...oh who the &*%# am I kidding!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

'I see a red door and I want it painted black...' The Rolling Stones

In this case it's a red wall and I'm ok with it not being painted black. In fact, it's supposed to be a tad closer to brown than this paint turned out to be, but by the time I have the banquette and some framed pictures, it won't really matter. The paint color is called French Red and it is my accent wall. The other walls are a silver/white color.

And what did I find under the protective, paper covering??? My cooktop!!! The granite dudes were whirring and whittling away today with power tools on my countertop and now I have my first appliance. Doing a little dance...:D The cooktop is a smoothtop with bridge element. I wish I could afford the Mac Daddy's of the range world...Viking, Thermidor, etc. with propane elements. THEN I be cooking with gas...literally and figuratively!!