November 6th, 2009

posted Nov 8, 2009, 8:38 AM by 1897 House

Final final walk through with the project manager and supervisor.  Punch list is down to less than 10 items.

Failed final inspection due to two different breakers being labeled "kitchen" instead of "kitchen" and "kitchen 2" (the apartment kitchen).  The inspector didn't like the word "apartment" the last time around so must have been having a bad day to fail the final for such a trivial thing.  Wouldn't even let the supervisor simply write the number "2" next to the word "kitchen".  No worries as it doesn't cost us anything, but will cost the electrical sub $50 plus the cost of an electrician to come out and put a "2" on the panel.  Somewhat glad as they charged us $50 to switch two lights that we had changed our mind about (and didn't bother to tell us they were going to hit us for $25 each).  

Other than than, just minor things to attend to and we'll have all of this completely behind us.

November 3rd, 2009

posted Nov 3, 2009, 8:20 PM by 1897 House

No real progress in bringing this renovation to a close today.  

The kitchen design company dropped by to bring some missing shelves (which of course didn't quite fit) and to take some pictures for their portfolio.  Even the designer was amazed at the results.

The electrician also made a visit as we have a breaker that has tripped several times.  His solution was to replace the breaker.  We'll see if this solves the problem...

November 2nd, 2009

posted Nov 2, 2009, 5:26 PM by 1897 House

A quiet day with only the painters on-site to do some touch-up work and paint some exterior window sashes that had glass replaced.  Have already discovered a few things that were missed so they'll be back.

I spent the entire weekend putting up a bead board backsplash in the apartment kitchen, which is now finished.

Shower door guys were here on Saturday to install the shower door in the apartment bathroom.  Of course, it was cut incorrectly.  They blamed the suppler who apparently misread 3/16ths as 13/16ths.  I suspect the guy who measure it screwed up.  They said they could "expedite" a new one by the end of this week.  Seeing as the first door took three weeks to get here, I'm not sure how they're going to do this.

Hoping to have the remainder of the punch list finished this week 

October 30th, 2009

posted Oct 30, 2009, 3:26 PM by 1897 House

A day with only two subs on site.  Dan the Glass Man who replaced a piece of flimsy plexiglass in one of the side doors and a new plumber who installed a faucet and garbage disposal in the apartment and a temporary faucet in the second floor bath (as the replacement for the defective faucet has to be re-ordered).

October 29th, 2009

posted Oct 29, 2009, 5:43 PM by 1897 House

Another cold but beautiful day in Coorstown with more snow.


Trim carpenter was here to work on more of the punch list items including a little shoe moulding and a medicine cabinet in the apartment bathroom.

Countertop crew was here to install the new laminate countertop in the apartment kitchen.  Plumber will be here tomorrow to connect the faucet, garbage disposal, ice maker and the temporary faucet in the second floor bathroom.

The finish line is in sight.

October 28th, 2009

posted Oct 29, 2009, 6:42 AM by 1897 House

Quiet day with over a foot of snow on the ground and schools closed.


Trim carpenter was here to work on the punch list and remove the old countertop from the apartment kitchen.  The new countertop is supposed to be here on Thursday pending the weather, which calls for more snow.

The replacement part for the second floor bathroom faucet arrived after being expressed mailed and to no surprise, it was the wrong part.  The faucet supply company will now have to provide a temporary faucet as well as pay for a plumber to install it until the correct part arrives.  Why they just didn't replace the original faucet is idiotic. 

Still waiting on the apartment shower door which should be here on Friday.

October 27th, 2009

posted Oct 27, 2009, 5:20 PM by 1897 House

Quiet day with only the painters working on the outside while it was still warm enough to paint.  Snow expected tonight so they may not be back until next week. Thankfully, there is only some touch-up work to do and then they'll be finished.

Trim carpenter and a laborer will be here tomorrow to remove the apartment kitchen countertop and hopefully bring the majority of the punch list down to zero.  Still awaiting the replacement faucet for the second floor bath sink as well as the new countertop and shower door which will hopefully be here by the end of the week.

October 26th, 2009

posted Oct 27, 2009, 6:05 AM by 1897 House

Normality is looming in the headlights. 

Painters are now finished with the interior and with one more day of good weather, should be finished with the outside.

Kitchen guys installed most of the toe kicks but somehow missed the pantry.  

Electrician was back to remove the words "apartment" and "smokies" from the electrical panel as the inspector like neither.

Glass guy repaired the broken window as well as two others that had major cracks.

Appliance guy installed the microwave trim kit.

Furniture was moved to get us one step closer to being home.

October 23rd, 2009

posted Oct 24, 2009, 12:10 PM by 1897 House

Goodbye Mr. Dumpster.  So long Mr. Port-O-John.  We won't miss you.

A hectic day with painters doing both interior touch-ups and more work on the exterior.  One or two more days and they'll be finished.

A "final walkthrough" that whittled the punch list down to about twenty items.  

A broken window when the painters tried to unstick one of the many windows they painted shut.

Window cleaners who I had just paid to clean the window that was broken.

Cleaning ladies attacking the dust in every corner in every room.

The start of the move back to a normal life.  

October 22nd, 2009

posted Oct 22, 2009, 6:38 AM by 1897 House

For sixty eight straight days we've had the back door unlocked and ready for the workers by 6:30 am.  Today, we didn't even wake up until 7 am.  Chaos doesn't begin to describe the second floor scene this morning as we all scrambled to get ready for work and school.  

I was gone most of the day but understand we had a plumber who attempted to set the second floor bathroom fixtures but apparently struggled for three hours with a defective faucet set.  Needless to say, it's not finished.

Due to the cold weather, a single painter worked on touch-ups in the house.  He has more to do.

Flooring guy applied the last coat of poly this afternoon.  Thanks to the painters who painted every single window shut from the outside, we were nearly gassed this afternoon by the smell of the polyurethane.

Trim carpenter did something.

Electricians finished up the barn and I believe are officially done with their part of the renovation.

Final (though not final) walk-through is tomorrow.  

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