Progress Report: Week 4 — Crunch Time!

After a week of contractor behaviour that makes everyone question why they would ever want to renovate, we did manage to get our kitchen primed.  Monday of Week 4 brought the promise of new floors, with new stairs to follow  — or did it?

After being no-shows twice the previous week, our contractors did show up on Monday to finish the flooring, and the carpentry work.  Window and door frames were completed, and I have to say, they do nice work!

My kitchen windows now look like the ones in my elevation drawings from Kitchen Court, with no more sills, and frames on all sides.   Where will my husband leave his junk now that the ledges are gone?!

My kitchen windows now look like the ones in my elevation drawings from Kitchen Court, with no more sills, and frames on all sides. Where will my husband leave his junk now that the ledges are gone?!

Unfortunately, there is a time lag between taking out the old railings, and getting new ones installed.  We’re hoping that a table and small ladder at the top of the landing will stop anyone from falling into the abyss below.

Look, Ma! No railings!

Look, Ma! No railings!  I hope none of us takes up sleep-walking.

Removing the post on the landing revealed a history of bad wallpaper choices -- not mine!

Removing the post on the landing revealed a history of bad wallpaper choices — not mine!

My stair guy was scheduled to come in on Tuesday to put the new stairs over the old ones.  When I called to see what time he would be coming — so I could coordinate with the contractors — he said it would work better if it could be Thursday.  Since this worked better for the contractors, too, I agreed.   We expected him at 10:00 am.  When he didn’t arrive at 10:00, I called to check on him, and he said he would have to come around 4:00 pm — would it be okay if he worked late?  I agreed to this further delay, and when I left the house at 5:00 pm, he still hadn’t shown up.  When I returned at 6:00 pm, there he was, with an assistant; they finished up around 8:00 pm, and asked if they could return on Saturday to complete the job.  Sure, why not!? As long as they didn’t hold up the painting that we needed to start that day….

Fortunately, my stair guy also does great work.   Each of our existing steps has been covered with a new, solid wood step in oak, stained with a custom stain made to match our new flooring.   It’s quite an art form, with great results.

Our beautiful new stairs were worth the wait.

Our beautiful new stairs were worth the wait.

Remember these?  This is what our old stairs used to look like.  Bye, bye yellow!

Remember these? This is what our old stairs used to look like. Bye, bye yellow!

Stair guy is also staining our new stair posts and handrails.

Stair guy is also staining our new stair posts and handrails.

In addition to finish carpentry, and flooring installation, our contractors were also prepping for the exterior work to take place in Week 5.

The former door opening at the side of the house has finally been sealed -- no more light (or bugs!) sneaking in through the gaps.

The former door opening at the side of the house has finally been sealed — no more light (or bugs!) sneaking in through the gaps.

The outside of the house is also ready for its makeover.

The outside of the house is also ready for its makeover.

All the wood on the front porch has been stripped down and realigned to get ready for new aluminum coverings.

All the wood on the front porch has been stripped down and realigned to get ready for new aluminum coverings.

In spite of delays and no-shows, we did manage to get all the critical items completed to prepare for Week 5.  Week 5 is a BIG one, with cabinetry and new siding scheduled to happen simultaneously.  In order to get the inside ready, we need to finish painting the kitchen, and start priming the main living areas.  We ended Week 4 with a trip to the local Benjamin Moore dealer.

Good thing we brought the truck!

Good thing we brought the truck!

Let’s hope there are no more no-shows in Week 5.  Momma needs her kitchen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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