We are about a month and a half into our addition and kitchen model and things are going pretty well.
The addition work was done pretty quickly. The foundation work started in early December and the framing was complete before Christmas. Our roof was at least 20 years old and we had maybe one year left on it so we went ahead and replaced the entire roof when they were putting the roof on the addition. I had gotten quotes last year so we were able to negotiate a small discount to be inline with the previous quotes.
Our contractor went ahead and hooked up the laundry in the addition so we have had the ability to do laundry the entire time. They also left our sink in the kitchen and so far there have only been 3-5 days without a downstairs sink while pluming is being relocated.
Demo took place last week with at least one drywall section still to come down.
Since the bathroom and laundry were moved to make room for our kitchen expansion the plumbing and HVAC have all had to be moved to open up the kitchen. The plumbing work has been quite extensive, but the contractor has been good directing the plumbers to always leave us at least one bathroom upstairs while they were rerouting the plumbing. The plumbers have an estimated one more day that they are supposed to complete next week. The HVAC was moved to the garage wall and will go up through my side of the closer, however, we will get the additional closet space back when they remove the existing HVAC. We are waiting on the final materials and they should wrap that up mid week. (Hopefully, I can negotiate some of that space with my husband as he prefers to leave his clothes in the basket anyway) I am thinking about putting in an elfa system when we are done.
Next week they are supposed to finish up the electrical, plumping, HVAC, and steel beam work. Contractor expects us to get the first inspection at the end of the week.
Cabinets are coming in the week of Feb 13th and they expect to be on track to have them installed that week. We will be on vacation for President's Day weekend, so I am hoping they can get the flooring done while we are gone.
Small annoyances: On day one the internet line was cut, but I was able to get it restored pretty quickly. The most annoying part was the Verizon call took at least an hour to confirm that the internet was actually cut. I am sure they get a lot of people who haven't actually reset the router, but I would have paid good money to not have to talk to them for an hour in order to get a repair ticket confirmed.
Contractor is not great with timelines as I am sure they have gotten burned with all the supply chain issues as of late. I have adapted by just asking on Friday, "okay, what is on tap for next week."
I don't know why but my husband didn't seem to really comprehend the extent that things would be out of order. I finally just told him he had to stop being grumpy about the inconvenience, at this point we are too far in the project to go back and we need to make the best of things.
Sounds like it’s going really well - esp for such a big change! Can’t wait to see pics. I feel like we hit reno fatigue 2.5 months into our big Reno’s. Hang in there!
Yeas, I agree. I think my husband and I are now on the same page. I think once they are done with the plumbing things will be better, it is a pain to keep up with which upstairs bathroom is working. This time they used plumbers place cause we (my DH) can't be trusted to remember which bathroom is in service.
My MIL came over tonight and gave me a look when I showed her the cabinets, that said, "I can't believe you picked that color." I just said, "well they are ordered, so it is the color we are stuck with." I didn't want a really white white because we have a dog and a six year old and I am hoping it will hide their dirt
Post by dr.girlfriend on Jan 29, 2023 20:11:16 GMT -5
Honestly, that sounds about as smooth as possible! I had trouble getting my contractor to tell me even the night before when things would happen -- we finally gave up and just went with whatever occurred, which had some exciting effects like waking up at 8 am on a Saturday morning to find out they had wrapped the house in a tarp and were tearing our roof down, trapping us inside. :-D
Sorry about the grumpy husband but once again I will just give you the encouragement that it is SOOOOOO worth it. It's been three years now since our addition and my husband and I still routinely turn to each other at random times to say, "I love our new bedroom!" etc.
dr.girlfriend, I agree things are going pretty well. I just hope we don't get get too many surprises.
In hindsight it is pretty funny that they trapped you in your house, but I am sure it was shocking at the time. We went ahead and did our whole roof when they put the roof on the addition and of course they did the work on MLK day and we were off for the federal holiday.
After a quick night away while skiing my husband seems to be doing much better. I am sure once it is all done we will be saying similar things about our new kitchen. If only the plumbers would make it a priority to get all our bathrooms back and operational