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!
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….
Next time you have a Sunday free, here’s How to Brick a Wall in a Day:
It’s not really finished until we add the mortar between the bricks — but that’s a project for another Sunday.
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….