Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bathroom reno

The ongoing saga of our hallway/guest bath is just exactly that...ongoing.

I wrote about the myriad issues with that bathroom here, and the weirdness continues.

First, it was a HUGE step for DL to admit he didn't have time to tackle this on his own.  So we called in a contractor who is also a neighbor around the corner, and we had had him take a look at the space.  Things I knew I wanted:

                                *a bathtub deeper than 12 inches.
                                *a great sink
                                *appropriate (1940s) materials
                                 *sensible storage

We had already stolen space from the guest room for an alcove in which to put the tub, so our floor plan was pretty open.  We did not want to move the toilet, because it would have been a huge hassle and expense.  The contractor came over, I told him what I wanted, and we secured the loan.

And the contractor never contacted us again.


I e-mailed twice; the first time (after two weeks) he said he needed a few more days to put together the bid package; the second time he said he was looking forward to working with me and he'd get right back to me. ('Okay,' I thought to myself. 'It's Thanksgiving and he's busy.') But we were on a schedule to get this sucker done before March 1 and I couldn't diddle around. DL finally gave him one last call, but we never heard back.

This is not the way to do business, folks.

So DL took matters into his own hands and decided to begin the job himself.  He hired a tile guy and a plumber and ripped the whole room out when I was gone.  (Honestly, it was a darn good think I was gone because I probably would have killed him.  I would have been completely exonerated because my lawyer would have gotten an all-female jury of my peers, 'peers' meaning women who have lived through their husbands' never-ending DIY, like the world's smallest bathroom that should have taken 3 months but it took him OVER A YEAR. Murder?  No.  A little something I like to call justifiable homicide.)
Anyway, we have some great tile picked out, we have a crazy cool sink, and the tub is deep enough for DL to soak in, and he displaces a lot more water than I.  Our fixtures are beautiful.
But I'm placing bets on how long this sucker is going to drag out.  Any takers?


Laura @ Top This Top That said...

How about if we all send DL reminder notes emails, texts, each day for as long as it takes to get the job done. that stinks about the contractor. hard to believe the economy is that hard up when trades either don't call back or worse show up. looking forward to see your finished space. god luck.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

way to go, DL! awesome!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Let's hope it can put it back together as quickly as he took it apart!!! So sorry the contractor bailed! :( Linda

Dharma said...

Kinda like coming home and finding a wall jury would ever convict me. Good lick chic! ETA? 5 months.

Bliss said...

Well, sadly and unfortunately, if your projects are like our projects, a three day turns into a 3 week, a 3 week turns into a 3 month, so I guess a 3 month would turn into a 3 year. For me I'm saying. Yours will go much faster I am sure. I'm not sure. Sorry.

Rita C. said...

I feel your pain. I had two contractors lined up last fall to work on my porch who came, looked over original drawings, said they'd return, and then never returned. Just following up this week and both talk a good game, as I sit and wait for the inevitable no-shows. Is this a universal problem that contractors have...perhaps a secret society where they see who can be the laziest, most unresponsive and, yet, still the richest one out there?? smh, I just don't get it. Best of luck to the finish line.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

That tub - it looks like a good one. Mine is about to rust through at the drain. Do you have guests coming in March? I'm going to cross my fingers for one month.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

That tub - it looks like a good one. Mine is about to rust through at the drain. Do you have guests coming in March? I'm going to cross my fingers for one month.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh Kirby, have a little faith! LOL! I love my deep tub and I'm sure you'll love yours too...even if it takes a while. Here's my sure to put some ambient lighting over that tub so your not blinded by the light when you're kicking back and relaxing in their. I'll tell you what Judy says to me all the time.....You cannot murder your husband because I would be uncomfortable visiting you in prison.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

What a pain! Hmmm... I'm guessing fall? Good luck!
xo Heidi

Feral Turtle said...

Yahoooooooo. Let the renos begin. Looks like he's on a roll already, sitting in that new tub! As long as your tile guy is quick, you could be bathing within a few weeks! Of course if things go south, don't drop your soap :0

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

That DL is a handsome guy. It would be a shame if he were all dead and stuff.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Well, it does look like progress. And at least you weren't home. I cringe when my hubby starts a project. We're about to get wood floors and how hard can it be to order some hardwood... it'll drag out forever... I pray we hire it done. I don't think I can take a diy in the living room. We'll be like Willie Wonka.. all piled up in my bedroom for 6 months trying to watch TV. Let's hope we both get the projects done before summer hits. That's thinking positive.

andi filante said...

That contractor is an a-hole. But I admire your hubby's jump-to-itiveness. I have to put explosives up Phil's bum to get him going....

Looking forward to the reno!!


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