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!
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.
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.
In addition to finish carpentry, and flooring installation, our contractors were also prepping for the exterior work to take place in Week 5.
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.
Let’s hope there are no more no-shows in Week 5. Momma needs her kitchen!