The Build: Week 32

Wednesday, March 13th – Tuesday, March 19th

Alright, I get it. I didn’t post this on March 19th like I should have and I’m waaaay behind with my updates. I’ll throwback to March 19th and finish the week 32 update. I’ll then start over fresh and give y’all an update on where things are at today.

John left for Miami on Thursday, March 14th, and didn’t return home until Monday, March 18th. While he was gone the carpet was installed, some of the touchup work was done, and more appliances were delivered. We also had a snow melt and rain situation which had the sump pump hard at work and me ankle deep in our mud pit to make sure the water was being pumped several feet away from the house.

Looks good, right??
A few trips to the hardware store later I successfully had the water draining away from the house.

We also got a phone call from Ricky on Monday night, March 18th, asking when we wanted to do our walkthrough. Walkthrough?? Like, they were actually done and ready for the big reveal?! We agreed to meet Rick on Tuesday morning, March 19th. Yes, I know the 19th falls into this update, but I feel like the closing process deserves it’s own update. Stay tuned, Konstantin, I promise to have the final build update posted by the end of the week.

32 weeks down, 3 overdue

The Build: Week 31

Wednesday, March 6th – Tuesday, March 12th

It seems as though the closer we get to being done, the less time anyone is spending there working. I would think they’d be powering through the last few tasks to get us in and get rid us. Instead, it looks more like this:

  • Monday, March 4th – No one at the house.
  • Tuesday, March 5th – Just the plumber there to fix the forgotten drain.
  • Wednesday, March 6th – The carpenter finally came back to finish his work from a few weeks ago. Finally some progress!
  • Thursday, March 7th – Just the tile guy to fix one tile in the master bathroom.
  • Friday, March 8th – It’s now been 7 months since we broke ground. Just the plumber to install the faucet on the bathtub.
  • Monday, March 11th – Painter came back to finish the trim. Water softener installed. Glass kleaner came through. (This person was not a window cleaner. The windows themselves are still filthy.)
  • Tuesday, March 12th – Last of the painting. Grading.

It’s really incredibly frustrating to drive past and see that nothing, or very little, is happening. At this point all that’s left to do inside the house is patch some drywall holes, fix some texture issues, put the carpet down, and then hang the shelving and mirrors. You would think these tasks could easily be completed within a few days but instead, we wait.

I was also a little pissed when we stopped at the house on Monday, March 11th. We walked in to the painter cleaning a huge plastic bucket out in the kitchen sink. When he saw us he did get that deer-in-headlights look. Dude, come on. Once he left I did a lap around the house and noticed there was a roll of toilet paper in the master bathroom and the plastic wrap had been taken off of the toilet seat. DUDE, COME ON! No one should be crapping in that toilet by us. Joke is going to be on him if he tries to use it again. I took the toilet paper out and put it back in the port-a-potty. Because COME ON!

  • Front door installed and frame painted
  • Finished carpentry completed
  • Water softener installed
  • Windows glass kleaned

31 weeks down, 2 overdue

The Build: Week 30

Wednesday, February 27th – Tuesday, March 5th

Would someone please come work on our house. I’m begging you to just get it done.
As you can see from the pictures we had good progress with the flooring on the first floor and we thought we were down to the last week or two. Really, we actually thought that. How silly. Aside from some minor plumbing work, and one major plumbing issue, we didn’t see anyone else at the house completing tasks. What was this major plumbing issue? I’m so glad you asked!

Scroll down and checkout the day 208 picture. One evening this past week we went poking around the house and saw water had run down the basement wall below this very tube. How odd, we thought, and so we looked at the sinks and toilets around the house more closely. We turned a few sinks on and off and then went back into the basement to have a peek. Yes indeed, there was now more water in the basement. We decided to keep our cool, after all, Ricky keeps telling us the house isn’t done yet.
Fast forward to Sunday when we get an email from our pal, Rick, telling us the plumbing should be done. Huh, should be done, eh? So we went back over to the house to see if this little pipe situation had been rectified. It hadn’t. I calmly emailed Rick, cc’d the plumber and Mike Kaerek, and waited for a reply. The only reply came from the plumber on Monday morning telling us they’d have someone look into it.
A few hours pass and who do we get a call from but our pal Rick. Rick tells us not to worry, he talked to the plumber, and that pipe is a vent and what we saw was condensation.

I’m sorry, what??

We very politely told Mr. Rick that we had in fact turned a faucet on in the guest bathroom and no, that’s not a vent, it is a drain that actual waste water comes out of. Rick then informed us that he’d be meeting the plumber at the house Tuesday morning and they’d look at it together. Oh good, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum on the case. Side note: I don’t recommend Karlsen plumbing. Not only did we have this issue with their craftsmanship, they also installed the wrong valve on the master bathroom tub, after they installed the wrong bathtub altogether, which means we aren’t getting the Kohler faucet we had originally picked out. We’ll supposedly get a very comparable Moen faucet, after they reorder it in the correct finish.

Another little issue that is 100% my fault is with the appliance delivery. I won’t get into the messy details, but we had appliances scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday, March 5th. We headed over to the house around 11:30 to await their arrival and wouldn’t you know, we ran into our pal Rick who was on his way out. I told him about the appliances, he wasn’t happy and I didn’t care, and we checked out the plumbing and chatted about other issues/items/concerns/nonsense.

Soooo, end of February move-in date turned into early March which has now turned into… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We still have no estimated completion date. We’re still living in a basement. We’re still cold. We’re still crabby.

  • Flooring on first floor done
  • Everything else is 90% complete
  • No one showing up to work

30 weeks down, 1 overdue