Cecilia Marie 1/10/10
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Laurie that made me throw up in my mouth. Speaking of throw up in my mouth I'm positively sick to my stomach as I sit here listening to contractors tear apart my basement. Construction on this project began JANUARY 4. We had numerous delays due to problems our builder was having. It is 98% done, we entertained down there Saturday night for the first time.......but before I went to Hawaii I had another contractor in here giving me a quote for something else ~ he asked to see our basement. He pointed out a huge problem with our floors (they are all laminate/wide plank looking flooring down there). They had never leveled the concrete underneath the floor properly, and there were areas where when walked upon the floors gave way too much ~ in other words, we were going to have major problems with our floors over time. We let out builder get the rest of our product (sinks and whatnot) in here before we brought it up.....fearing he was going to run. He acknowledged the problem and their screw up ~ but the only way to fix it is to take the ENTIRE loor up. Which means the trim around the floor, everything. In the meantime we have had all brand new furniture delivered and have two new TV's on the walls....because you know, construction was done. Only it isn't done. So now my basement is being ripped apart to be fixed amidst brand new furniture and electronics. I'm just heartsick. Literally, sick. Oh, and I'm hosting 90 people here in 3 weeks. And all of this was supposed to be done by March 10. And its not done. SIck.
But your basement will be AWESOME....keep your eyes on the prize and it'll all be worth it.
Ugh Melis that sucks. I am no stranger to renos and have had major issues with the contractors. I never hire anyone anymore without references from our relatives who are tradespeople themselves. Sucks that I trust nobody.
Hope that you get all this sorted out and FAST. I could not imagine hosting that many people (you have room for 90???) in such a short period of time.
We can fit 90 but we fit them much better if its nice out and can use the decks and yard! I think that we will keep an eye on the weather and use a tent for overflow if the weather threatens to be awful. Plus the party starts at 3 ~ so we are getting a lot of families coming early and the people who are getting sitters/who plan to stay late coming later.....so the 90 should be spaced out throughout the day some. Weve had construction work done before, but nothing of this scale. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Its been a hot load of work (and then tears). It does (did?) look great and they are telling me that they can fix this all in a week, which gives me two weeks to move stuff around and get party ready. I have some anxiety medication and martinis in my future, though, if this goes beyond another week.
What's the occasion, if you don't mind me asking? We didn't even have 90 guests at our wedding
My greenhouse was delivered on Friday and I just finished putting it together! Once I have dirt and stuff in it I will post a pic. I am patting myself on the back for tackling such a big, pita job. Power tools were needed
Its a graduation party for my husband. And a big thank you to all the friends who got our family through it Between breaking my hip and Jake pulling that almost dying stunt our friends have really carried us this past year with meals and help and whatnot ~ so we decided to have a big blow out to say thanks to everybody
Sounds like a good reason to throw a big party! I hope the contractor comes through for you. If the new furniture can't be moved out, ask them to wrap everything in plastic so it doesn't get dirty.
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