Seventh in a series. My contractor, Frank K, gave me a Happy New Year kiss on December 31, 2014. Good thing we like each other. The relationship that began with our first meeting on January 26 will stretch well into 2015.
Project creep? The domino effect? A slow and steady wins the race approach to renovation? A preference for dust and upheaval?
Well, it ain’t a preference for dust an upheaval. At least not for my beloved. You’d think he’d be used to it by now, as demolition began on June 17.
This is our second reno rodeo. On January 1, 2009, my husband and I were on day eight of painting the interior. (Demolition, which we also handled ourselves, had begun in March 2008.)
Now we are paying to redo or fix a lot of what the crew did poorly during our previous renovation. For example, our metal roof should last for fifty years and never leak. So why did rain drip into our kitchen?
Three interconnected reasons. One: the vent for the kitchen sink was installed absurdly high. Two: the PVC pipe was not glued together. Three: turns out, the subcontractor who installed the roof was not an expert. He was a nincompoop. He did not put a gasket around the vent.
Frank and Rolando moved the vent pipe down so that if it ever did fail—although they assured me it is installed correctly and won’t—any drips will end up outside the house in the soffit area.
As New Year’s Eve approaches, good friends decide it makes sense to party at our house. I am skeptical. The kitchen is fully functioning, yes. The upstairs bathroom is not. The nearest toilet—a handy gizmo on a night dedicated to champagne toasts—is downstairs. Down lots of stairs. The floor of the great room is unfinished and covered with boxes, bathroom tile and a bathtub. There’s also dust. Always. Everywhere. Dust.
Expecting guests is motivating and my sweet man snaps into action. Until he reclaims our home for living, I wasn’t even conscious of how much disarray had become the new normal.
Completing our lighting project on the bathroom wall above where our tub will one day reside is a critical party preparation project. A color-changing crystal ceiling kit by Universal Fiber Optic Lighting will illuminate our interpretation of the Pegasus constellation (with a nod to the Andromeda galaxy), which glowed above us the day we married.
My husband was right: having a party in a construction zone was a good idea. Happy New Year!