Saturday, March 7, 2015 – FINALLY the counter tops and cabinets are finished being installed and we are happy with them. The crown molding was installed today and the door that was hinged on the right is now hinged on the left. We’ve paid them in full and are happy to have that behind us. This was the only part of the construction part where we chose who to buy from, all the rest were Ronnie’s usual subcontractors. This was the only part that we had problems with. The end result we’re happy with, just getting them to correct all the things they did wrong, along with them NEVER, not once, showing up when they were suppose to, added to a huge communication barrier because of them being Chinese and not speaking much English, was a PAIN!
Roy installed the decorative wood supports under the breakfast bar. After finding out that the studs weren’t where the original pictures showed they were, Roy made some adjustments to get them spaced properly. This is something that I did a lot of research to see what I’d like it to look like and I think what Roy came up with is perfect. The molding behind them is not painted yet.
He also installed most of the door knobs today. They are not exciting to look at so I’ll just show a couple!
I swept the house out again, took boxes to our burn pile and washed out the tubs (love the running water). There is a good bit of sheet rock mud stuck to the tubs but that will wait until we have lights and I can see better what I’m doing. Monday I’ll be spending a good bit of time giving the wall corners and around the door baseboards a good cleaning so that all of the paper bits are up and any construction dust is cleaned away before the floor is sealed.
Roy still has the inside of the medicine cabinets to put together, window screens to install, bathroom towel holders and rings to install and the last of the door knobs. I think he has more than that but he’s off to burn the last couple of days trash pile so I can’t ask!
I got exhausted just writing in the title all the things happening today! It still near freezing today in Southern Louisiana! There was ice all over the yard this morning but the sun is shining so it feels nice now.
Roy and I ate at La Caretta Mexican restaurant in Amite last night where we enjoyed their delicious cuisine and really enjoyed their live music playing oldies all evening. Lots of fun and good food made for a wonderful evening out!
Friday, March 6, 2015 – The counter tops guys did not have the cabinet crown molding on their truck. We also didn’t like how they did one piece of quarter molding at the base of the cabinets. They are suppose to bring those and install them in the next couple of days.
The counter tops were finished yesterday and holes drilled for the faucets and soap dispenser. The pictures were taken after yesterday’s blog post but before they wrapped up their work. We LOVE the counter tops and how they look! Only thing better would have been if they were free!
Okay, all of the above was written yesterday evening.
Today brought with it a slew of issues. One cabinet hinges on the wrong side causing the door to open into the edge of the microwave. There was no wood under the counter top over the dishwasher for the plumber to attach the dishwasher to. The back splash behind the sink is cracked. Not where a seam would be, but a real crack. they attempted to fix it but made it look worse so it was not acceptable. Underneath the front of the bar is a real rough chipped out. We learned that trying to talk to Chinese workers is like talking to a brick wall, so the store rep is coming out today to see it all and discuss corrections to all the issues. Thank goodness we’ve only paid for half of their total. At least we’ll have that remaining amount to get them to fix everything and make it right.
The counter top guys drilled four holes for the faucet and soap dispenser behind the sink. When our wonderful plumber Chris Wrinkles set the faucet set up in the space, the handle turning it on and off banged into the bar top edge. The best option was to install it without the piece on the bottom so he could adjust where the handle so it doesn’t hit the bar top edge. However, this makes two unnecessary holes show up. After much discussion Chris worked with Rachel at Coburn’s (great lady, great company) to come up with a different faucet. After a couple of calls and text messages about options we chose one that will work. We ordered the new one. It will be here Monday and Chris will come back to install it then. Just a bump in the road, but on top of the other issues this morning it kind of put a damper on the day. If you have plumbing needs, Chris Wrinkles is the guy to call!
I can’t tell you how smoothly this construction has gone so far with hardly any problems. I think that trend ended!
We now have toilets installed, tub fixtures installed and running water in the tubs and toilets now. Yeah for running water – the porta potty can go and will be picked up Monday!!!!!
Our stained concrete guys removed the covering from the floor this morning. We still can’t tell what it will look like since it’s not sealed and lots of dust remains even after a good sweeping. It’s nice to be able to look at flooring instead
of paper covering now.
Roy purchased decorative supports for under the breakfast bar.
The counter top/cabinet workers came back this afternoon to correct all the problems which included replacing the entire back splash behind the sink under the breakfast bar. They also smoothed out some rough spots in different places and added a strip of wood for the dishwasher to be screwed into. They ran out of time so they didn’t install the trim or change the door around.
Our closet man, Martin Balisteri with Quality Closets Design and Installation) met with us with us chosing what we wanted for each closet, linen closet, pantry and laundry room. He had lots of options available and he carries his inventory with him as you can see from one of the pictures. He did his work very efficiently, left no trash (very important to me) and wrapped it up in no time at all. Plus his price was right. I highly recommend any one needing this to give Martin a call.
After realizing the decorative bars Roy got for under the breakfast bar were too big we made another trip to Lowe’s in Hammond to purchase smaller ones.
The advertisement to rent the house started yesterday and we’ve already received a couple of inquiries, no appointments set yet but at least it’s started! Here’s a link to the facebook photo album I created for the photos we selected to use for advertisement. You’ve probably seen them all but now they are in one place.
The concrete stainers just left and the floor is stained! They re-cleaned the floor and taped spaces where the spray might land on that it shouldn’t Our process does not use acid but uses acetone. Our color is a mixture of warm walnut and cowboy something to bring out the golds we want.
I’m sure we don’t need to explain why we want a Fleur de Lis in our stained concrete floor! But just in case someone slept through the many posts where we mentioned our love for the New Orleans Saints. That design is their logo and it’s on the front of the coffee cup in the graphic to the left. The Fleur de Lis that Roy has (not Roy Chauvin but Roy Bankston) is too large for our small living room, so he’s getting a smaller one to fit in the diamond as you enter the door. This means he couldn’t put the first coat of sealer on today. They will be coming back later today to cover the floor with two layers of paper protection. He said they will put 3 or 4 layers of sealer on when they uncover the floor nearer to house completion.
Roy is a really nice guy and answered all my questions and allowed me to video some of his work. He also sprayed a coat of sealer under where the cabinets will be so I could see what it will look with some sealer on. He said it will lighten up as it dries so I’ll take another picture of that area tomorrow to get a better idea.
It’s taking the internet forever to download the pictures and videos, so I may not be able to post this until Thursday morning.
These pictures do not do the floor justice. Also without the sealer you cannot tell what it will really look like since the sealer really brings out a lot of highlights.
Roy Chauvin worked on the water well shed doors all day. Never will there be a more perfect pair of doors anywhere!!
It’s ready for a roof tomorrow and the walls to finish getting painted!
Thursday there will be no construction other than Roy working on the water well shed. I’m going to buy bushes nearby in Amite, for the front of the house tomorrow. Friday the wall insulation man will be here and the vinyl siding guys will make more progress on the siding. Next week – the many phases of sheet rock which takes a few days. The sheet rock man came today to measure everything so we got to meet him.
That’s it for today! Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!