Sunday, August 26, 2012

having warped fun....

You have to laugh at something when you are forced to live in the basement... which is getting more overstuffed by the day with contents from each cupboard that is removed down here as well... for changing over water tanks and furnaces too...and, which was already overstuffed with everything from the main floor of your house...  cooking in an electric frying pan, microwave and BBQ.  Making sure you are dressed in case some plumber or electrician bounces down the steps and charges straight into the laundry room where you do everything .... I did scare one guy by yelling that I was naked  ..hahhaha... ohhhh..... the look on his sweet, innocent face....I'll laugh at that for years and get some mileage in the telling too.  I was fully clothed.  Our laundry room is our 'main' room down here....for cooking, cleaning and it even has a toilet.... thank goodness.  But, some days...plumbing days .... even I have to use the porta potty...now that we have a new one after the other one sprung a leak.  I watched the guy unload it...no wonder they leak.  Two of them fell right off his truck when he was shoving things around.....

Oh, and...our gas/plumbing failed the inspection on Friday.... the poor plumber was shaken and embarrassed, until he found out it was not his work that had failed...but, gas fittings from our last big reno.... 15 years ago.  Great....... we've had a small leak for all those years... but, only under the extreme pressure they use to test the lines.   And..it is higher pressure than anybody used in previous renovations 25 pounds... which is much more than ever is needed or used regularly.  It is not a safety issue ... whew....!  just a "code" issue...as usual.

The damn codes are making me crazy.  Get this one.... there MUST be an electrical outlet within 3 feet of your front door?  HUH??> Why??  nobody can tell me.  But...it's CODE!.... so, we have to put a big ugly electrical outlet ...right in the middle of my beautiful new stone on the wall.  Okay fine then..... I made the stone guy stain the surround gray stoney block black so it blends into the dark stone around it ... , and I am going to buy a black cover or spray paint one black so I can't notice it too....the buggers.  Code.  Pagh!

Had some more fun at some neighbours expense again yesterday.  I'm not sure what part of "gutted" people have absolutely not been understanding...but, when they walk in......I guess they finally get it.  They must think I exaggerate.

Jaws drop.... there is audible gasping....  eyes widen in horror...  at the mess my lovely, once pristine hardwood is in....  yeh, they finally get it then.......















Oh, sure, there was some protection put down...almost grudgingly .....in only some places..... and they regularly assure us they never usually put down anything....

it didn't help anyway.... there is always an idiot handy to undo whatever was done to protect something isn't there? .....















I've also been assured the hardwood guy is a magician.  Well, even a magician couldn't just wave a wand and fix this....he will have to take out about 16 pieces of Chicasaw to feather in the mess made with a skill saw whose user obviously had no skills whatsoever ..... the guard supposedly 'failed'.... hmmmm...somebody is lucky his foot wasn't in the way of that runaway.....





























...see??   told ya.....gutted..... yep...nothing but empty....with some new drywall now...and the first coat of tape and mud.....















..mud, slop... you name it .....














sure it has to be refinished...but really?..... couldn't we have made things a bit easier on the poor hardwood guy?  I wonder if he is ever shocked by the before and after.  When he came to estimate the refinishing it sure as he** didn't look like this.















Yes, we did widen doorways......















.. and enlarge closets......















.. and of course, change kitchen cabinets....















...... but, really?? ..........


8 comments:

Terra said...

Wow, chaos. Let's call it organized chaos with a hope for beauty in the future. How naughty of you to call out "naked lady" and startle the poor guy. It does make for a funny story. Giggle.

Beedeebabee said...

Vee, It's great that you have such a sense of humor! It does look like it's coming along quite nicely though, but the floor thing would be making me nuts too. Although I'm sure it will look just beautiful when he patches and refinishes it...Oh no, you didn't have to use the Porta Potty!!! I think I probably would have run into the bushes if it came down to that, or drove to my mom's house....Your "I'm naked" story, had me rolling. What a hoot you are! Have a nice Sunday. Hopefully the workers are not there today! xo

Beedeebabee said...

...One more thing, Vee. I have to tell you how much I love your little bear banner, he's so cute peeking out like that! All of your bears are so precious. I bet you miss your creative time, huh? Don't worry, this mess will all be behind you soon! xo

Dolores said...

And this is all going to be finished when? Before Christmas? What year? Just kidding...

Mary Ann said...

Lord luv a duck...poor you but you must think positive. When it's done it will be marvelous:)

Gretel said...

*Shudders* - your are in more chaos than we are at the moment! I hope that when all this is over it will be done forever!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

did they not put tarps down over the floors!?! and why use a saw inside? that would so not be happening if it was my house. please tell me you don't have to pay for them to fix the damage they did? i saw a whole kitchen extension built from scratch, wood floors, new everything and they didn't make half the mess that is in these photos

Shashi Nayagam said...

Oh my it is a mess but just think when it is all done you can put your feet up and admire it. Hope it will all be done before winter sets in though.