Speaking of sad things, I noticed a large crack running through the glass wall at the back of the shower. I forgot to take a picture of it. We're going to have to get that replaced before some unsuspecting early-morning shower taker gets decapitated before their time.
Posted by John Edgar Park at 1:38 PM
I love the way it's shaping up. I'd forgotten about this part of the design, actually. Probably because I never built it into the 3D models. It looks like it'll increase the visual flow between the old and new parts of the house, and add some more shade to the hallway in the afternoon.
Posted by John Edgar Park at 7:07 AM
Today the electrician was here, but he still didn't finish. Forgot some screws, he said.
But now on to the most interesting drama of the day. JD (our fearless contractor) has often mentioned how difficult it is to find tradesmen who are both good at what they do and dependable. The window and door guys have been pretty flaky through our whole project. They are awesome perfectionists, but have a habit of saying they'll be here on Wednesday and then not showing up until Sunday. And after today, they won't have to show up ever again. JD says he's taken them off the job and he's going to finish their odd jobs himself next week. I think I'll have to get some photos of that.
I am glad that the window and door guys got our towel racks and toilet paper holders hung before they were dismissed. We have a vibrant orange hand towel in the guest bathroom to match the orange stair tower. (I'd post a photo, but my beloved mac laptop is in the shop, and without iphoto I'm lost.)
For those keeping score: No certificate of occupancy this week. Hopefully the fire inspector will be here early in the week, because he has to sign off before final inspection.
Posted by John Edgar Park at 10:34 AM
I'm also fond of them because they were here today. Alas, they were the only ones here today.
Posted by John Edgar Park at 11:28 PM
I mean, come on, people! Maybe I should offer a bonus to the first subcontractor to finish his job...
Posted by John Edgar Park at 11:02 PM
The floor sealer guys are supposed to be here tomorrow morning, then the stucco crew, who are going to patch everything that's left to do inside. Saturday will be the electrician for the lights and ceiling fans.
So there was progress. That's something, right?
Posted by John Edgar Park at 11:31 PM
Doorstops are installed!
Still waiting on stair railings, ceiling fans, floor sealing, fire sprinklers to be covered, can light trim, door hardware, new door on the old bathroom, and a big hole in the master closet to be patched.
It's 2 in the afternoon, so I feel fairly safe in saying that no one's going to show today. I'll be back tomorrow!
Posted by John Edgar Park at 2:40 PM
It's frustrating especially because we're so close that it almost seems like we could complete the work ourselves. A few ceiling fans and light fixtures, touching up paint, installing mirrors and door stops, sealing the floor. Almost.
There are times when I wonder if being "the nice clients" has backfired. If we were more unpleasant, would things happen more quickly? Does the squeaky wheel get the grease?
Posted by John Edgar Park at 8:24 AM
This paperwork is needed before we can get our inspection.
We need to pass inspection before we can see the correct power consumption on our electric bill.
We also can't get our rebate until the paperwork is done. It's a large rebate.
We aren't happy.
Here's what we've learned a little too late: If you pay the company doing your solar the full amount, they don't have much motivation to process paperwork. If you hold back the amount of the rebate check, they turn things in quickly.