We’ve totally been slumbering like babes, eating sugary crumpets til our waists pop and moseying around town like a French couple in love. And getting all crafty with Easter eggs when that get boring. That’s why I haven’t been able to get a hot dang blog posted.
The emotional roller coaster ride of home renovation continues on its ever circuitous route. The past few weeks things seemed to start moving really quickly- framing, windows, exterior doors, HVAC. We even added a schmancy motion light to the front of the house to further deter would be thieves from coming back- ha ha!
(pst, the remaining block of wood, which the motion light hangs from is place-holding for a window that’s on order.)
We’ve been pumped about all the activity and seeing the house slowly but surely coming along. Next on the ever-expanding to do list: electric & plumbing.
Per usual, nothing of the original system was left. The precious copper pipes had been previously cut out so we’re starting from scratch. That’s right, there’s been no running water in this who-ha the whole time “we’ve” been working. Ew dirty hands.
We’ve had an electrician/plumber (he claimed to be so handy he was versed in both) lined up for months and paid the obligatory down payment. He did a few small things, like replacing the sewer pipe, installing a new circuit box, and running temporary lights while all the other work has been going on.
Then it was his turn to shine. And I wanted him to sparkle like my favorite egg.
But he didn’t have the same plans. He dropped off. He kept saying he would finish by LAST Friday, but erm, that’s kinda hard to do when you show up at noon and only work a few hours.
A few hours work is better than nothing though, non? Thursday he didn’t show up. And he didn’t Friday. And he didn’t Monday. And when he finally called yesterday, Drew told him don’t bother coming back. We get it, we’re kinda getting played and we’re just facing facts. He’s holding up the whole house process thingy we’ve got going on and it’s mighty frustrating. Oh, and losing money. That like, triple times a million blows.
I’ve been googling the crap out of local electricians & plumbers to come in and give us estimates for the work. The first guy’s estimate made us laugh, in a nervous breakdown way. Drew’s still recovering from it-
Just as we were starting this process everyone kept saying ‘it always ends up costing double’. Guess what? It’s true!
So the past week and half hasn’t had any major movement aside from estimates for insulation and now electric and plumbing. But next week the ride should pick up- we’re scheduled to have our basement poured, the house stucco’ed, and hopefully we’ll be getting back on track with electricity and plumbing.
OH yeah, and the house we’re renting (which has been for sale) is under agreement so we’ve got a real live deadline now! Eek. I don’t mind so much, (goodbye daily showings!) but Drew can’t help feeling the pressure. But as some of you know, there’s not much that can put him down so we’re just keeping on..blog comments powered by Disqus