Week 17: We hit a brick wall

Technically, our renovation was complete after 9 weeks — we were back on the main floor with a functioning kitchen.  Yet, here we are, 8 weeks later (almost a full renovation cycle!), still waiting for the final details to fall into place.  Here’s the contractor’s punch list:

  • Replace the damaged stack on our range hood, and add the new cover for the off-centre hole.
  • Drill a hole in the bottom of our pantry broom cupboard, to allow an electrical cord to feed through for our new stick vacuum.
  • Repair a very tiny leak in the new plumbing and tighten up the faucet, which is moving at the base.
  • Connect the air duct under our peninsula, so the heat can get through to the front hall.

Our contractor has become very busy with other projects, as one would expect of a good contractor in the Fall, and has been unable to find time for us.  As I write this, he is scheduled to come by next week.  Fingers are crossed!

Meanwhile, another not-so-little problem has been added to the list: half our basement and garage lights are out, and we don’t know why.  One evening, my son hit this light switch, and the lightbulbs blew in the fixture on this switch, as well as several others.  However, the breaker didn’t go. Now we need an electrician, too!

Who knew one flip of a switch could cause so much trouble?

Who knew one flip of a switch could cause so much trouble?

While we wait, I guess we’ve missed the mess of the renovation, and the thrill of change — the big ‘reveal’!  We’ve decided that our dining room wall could use more character and texture, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to brick the wall to match the one in our front entry.  We had discussed it during the renovation, but apparently I decided against it for some reason.  Who knows why?  Perhaps I prefer to do things the hard way, so my husband can struggle with our 8 foot fireplace all over again….

In case you've forgotten, here's the dining room as we last saw it.

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s the dining room as we last saw it.

Next time you have a Sunday free, here’s How to Brick a Wall in a Day:

Step One: remove the furniture

Step One: remove the furniture

Step Two:  Remove fireplace

Step Two: Remove fireplace

Step Three: Make a mess in the living room that you just finished decorating.

Step Three: Make a mess in the living room that you just finished decorating.

Step Four: Set up a work area.

Step Four: Set up a work area.

Step Five:  protect floors and surrounding walls. Step Six:  Put marker screws in holes for fireplace plates, so you don't brick over them.

Step Five: protect floors and surrounding walls. Step Six: Put marker screws in holes for fireplace plates, so you don’t brick over them.

Next: Spend the rest of the day applying adhesive to the wall and cutting the mesh away from brick sheets to fit them together.

Next: Spend the rest of the day applying adhesive to the wall and cutting the mesh away from brick sheets to fit them together.

Don't forget to drill holes for those markers we've placed so the fireplace can go back up!

Don’t forget to drill holes for those markers we’ve placed so the fireplace can go back up!

Et Voila!  A brick wall emerges from the rubble.

Et Voila! A brick wall emerges from the rubble.

It’s not really finished until we add the mortar between the bricks — but that’s a project for another Sunday.

Oh, yeah -- we also need to replace the fireplace, but not until after the mortar is applied.

Oh, yeah — we also need to replace the fireplace, but not until after the mortar is applied.

There are not enough hours in a Sunday!  We’ll have to live with it like this until next weekend.  And when that’s finished, there’s always the new mailbox and house numbers that are waiting to be installed outside….

week 17 - mailbox, numbers in waiting

Until the house numbers are installed, no one knows whether we are house number 75 or 77 — the neighbour on one side is 73 while the other is 79 — something we didn’t realize until we took the old number down. Let’s hope we don’t need the fire department before our house number goes back up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Week 17: We hit a brick wall

    • This is a fabulous brick veneer that we have used 4 times so far, at home and in our store. It is not difficult to apply, but it is time consuming. The adhesive is the same as for tile. The mortar is applied in the gaps after the brick panels dry, and it can’t be wiped off like grout, so you actually have to pipe it into the gaps and trowel it off. If you’re using it in your kitchen, I recommend a sealer on top when you’re finished, to make it easier to keep clean.

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