Sunday, August 26, 2007

Stupid Plumber

I don't know where to post this. The remodel stuff has spilled over into the adoption blog because right now, they are wound together. But to try to keep the adoption blog about...well...the adoption, I've decided to give the dreaded remodel update here.


After MUCH drama (which I don't think you really want to know about), our plumber did not show up. I suspected it was going to happen since they had not returned any of my many messages or e-mails. Thursday night my dread hit a crescendo but there was still a nagging hope that they might appear Friday as scheduled. Friday afternoon I began negotiating with myself to give them "just one more hour." The mental negotiation began at around noon and finally, at 4pm, I officially gave up. Fortunately, another plumber who had bid on the job is able to start next Friday putting us just 1 week behind. (If you don't count the 6 weeks we waited for the last plumber to start.) Admitting defeat is tough for me but somehow I'm finding peace with it. What's a week in the scheme of things? Ugh, don't answer that question.

Last night as we doodled on the paper tablecloth at our favorite little neighborhood Italian place, I kicked off a game of hangman. The answer was "stupid plumber." Jeff got it after only 5 guesses...clearly we're both thinking the same thing. As my final act of vengeance (as if evil thoughts and hateful hangman answers weren't enough), may I encourage all of you to ban Prestige Services, Inc.

The weekend hasn't been a waste by any means. I'm working on refacing a brick fireplace and Jeff has been tearing out a soffit in the living room. The soffit was one of those things that several contractors knocked on and said it would be no problem to remove. Once Jeff tore off the drywall and exposed the ceiling joists, we realized they were very wrong. That sucker was load bearing. Ugh again. But the rest of the room has exposed beams so we decided to lift it to the ceiling to match the other beams. With some expert help from our neighbor (who happens to be a contractor), the beam was in place in a matter of hours. It's so nice to sit on the couch and have an unobstructed view of the tree tops through the now visible skylights. And it really opens the room.

Despite this setback, we continue to move forward. Here are some recent pics of the chaos that is our home.


Goodbye soffit, hello skylights!


Cabinets with crown molding. That space on the right is for our monster sized fridge and freezer! Yipee!!


Replaced a slider with french doors. Oh, and the pool is gone. In about 10 years, our kids are gonna be really mad when they find out there was a pool out there!!!

7 comments:

Jennifer August 26, 2007 at 12:45 PM  

What??!! No more pool??!! I was hoping to be able to come over and sip margaritas on the summertime, while working on my tan! I've got time for that now, you know.

We have officially added Prestige to our Do Not Call List!

Praying they come in ahead of schedule...

The Tucson Gang August 26, 2007 at 12:47 PM  

WOWZERS...you guys are staying REALLY busy. Geeze. I'm sorry to hear the plumbers were jerks...man...that stinks...all that anticipation - and now nothing! Ugh...hang in there, it will all come together...and be amazing!
Traci

Anonymous August 26, 2007 at 3:41 PM  

What? You had a pool??? Man had I only known we would have been over all the time :) Maybe that is why we never knew! Things are looking good. Praying for a reliable plumber! Beth

Anonymous August 26, 2007 at 6:42 PM  

plumbers suck... ok, maybe not ALL plumbers... but at least yours does. i'm actually not sure i've ever had a 100% pleasant interaction with a plumber. anyway, i'm glad you have a new one... and, like jenn, i will be praying for him to come in ahead of schedule. mostly b/c i'm excited for the phat housewarming party i know you're going to have!!! ;) -Becci :)

Anonymous August 27, 2007 at 10:54 AM  

Seeing those French doors you guys put in just cost us a lot of money. Our sliders are gonna go eventually. Your house is headed for the cover of Better Homes. Fantastic. Kathy

Kim G. August 27, 2007 at 4:36 PM  

Oh - I remember those frustrations well and can feel your pain. (We added 700 sf about 4 years ago.) Hang in there - it WILL be worth it in the end.

Sister of Me August 29, 2007 at 2:14 PM  

Like the soffit removal - I remember that discussion - and it doesn't seem to matter, when the contractor swears he thinks its not load bearing, it ALWAYS is.......(murphy's 1st law of construction)
G

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